QuickPlay Media, a mobile TV and video solutions provider announced today the availability of VideoStreams, a free video streaming service for BlackBerry smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM). The streaming video service features music videos, comedy, horoscopes and extreme sports available immediately in the U.S. and Canada according to the release.
VideoStreams is initially available on the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 to subscribers on North American wireless carrier networks that support EVDO including Sprint Nextel, Telus Mobility, Alltell Wireless and Bell Mobility.
Videos are streamed to the smartphone so there are no long waits to view the content, and unlike download services, no additional on-device storage is required. The service also includes a “send to a friend” feature to allow users to share video clips with friends and family. Quickplay currently offers streaming audio services for BlackBerries through QucikPlayer Audio, an audio streaming service introduced for the BlackBerry platform.
Wayne Purboo, CEO and co-founder of QuickPlay Media stated “The mobile market is exploding – with new applications, devices, and services introduced to the world each day – and RIM is a company at the forefront of this rapidly changing marketplace.”
“BlackBerry smartphones are attracting a wider range of mobile customers who want to use more personal applications and entertainment services,” said Jeff McDowell, VP of Global Alliances at Research In Motion. “In turn, this trend is attracting a new class of developer partners, like QuickPlay, who are creating consumer and lifestyle applications that deliver new experiences for BlackBerry smartphone users.”