Sprint and FOX News Channel (FNC) announced the delivery of live news to Sprint TV, known as FOX News Channel Live. The deal provides Sprint customers with the opportunity to watch continuous live FNC programming nationwide on Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Phones.
FOX News Channel Live has been added into Sprint TV at no extra charge and marks FNC's first foray into providing wireless content. Sprint TV (channel 1), including FOX News Channel Live, is available on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network for $9.99 per month. Sprint TV is powered by Idetic. Together, Sprint and Idetic pioneered the launch of live television to the U.S. mobile consumer in 2003.
"The addition of live FOX News Channel to Sprint TV continues to illustrate our leadership in the wireless multimedia space, adding more high- quality live video to our customers mobile experience that they typically consume on TV at home," said Jeff Hallock, vice president - Wireless Data Product Strategy, Sprint. "Sprint has been delivering multimedia content nationwide for more than two years and was the first U.S. CDMA wireless carrier to deliver streaming audio and video on demand at up to 15 frames per second."
Sprint PCS Vision subscribers may add Sprint TV to their existing Sprint PCS Vision plan for $9.99 per month, or subscribers may choose the Sprint Multimedia Pack and get unlimited access to Sprint TV, wireless data, Picture Mail(SM) and Sprint PCS Video Mail and 100 SMS text messages for just $25.00 per month. All multimedia services plans are in addition to voice calling.
Sprint continues to prevail as the wireless data leader. At the end of the fourth quarter 2004, Sprint announced 6.2 million Sprint PCS Vision customers with average revenue per user of more than $5.50 for advanced data services.