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YouTube Going Mobile For iPhone

Video sharing site, YouTube, has launched a new portal YouTube Mobile for content viewable on mobile phones and smartphones. YouTube is currently re-encoding its entire catalog of video clips into the H.264 format supported by Apple iPhone. iPone is not compatible with the video site’s current Flash video format.

The H.264 codec will mean YouTube videos will be of higher quailty and support a longer battery life on mobile devices.

YouTube Mobile videos are being encoded in 3GPP video standard rather than the Flash format used on YouTube's standard Web site. All WAP 2.0 devices with a 3GPP video player should be able to view theses videos.

The Apple iPhone will be the first mobile device to be able to view YouTube's newly H.264-encoded videos.

Apple and YouTube expect 10,000 videos to be available at the time of the iPhone's launch on June 29th. New H.264-encoded clips will be added on a weekly basis until the entire YouTube catalog has been converted [around November 2007]

The Apple iPhone will enable users to wirelessly stream YouTube's content over either Wi-Fi or AT&T's EDGE network.

The WiFi network will support faster streaming, but AT&T (Cingular) is ramping up it's 2.5G EDGE network to boost minimum data transfer speeds from 40kbps to 80kbps by increasing the number of T-1 lines at cellular towers.

In comparision, AT&T's 3G network averages between 400 and 700kbps. The iPhone is the catalyst for the upgrade, however, all EDGE-enabled cell phones and smartphones will benefit from the improved performance.

YouTube Moible warns that the mobile video data is bandwidth hungry and users shouls "upgrade to an unlimited data plan with your mobile service provider to avoid additional charges." Paying by the kilobyte or megabyte can get very expensive very fast.

AT&T will be the exclusive provider of the iPhone for the next five years.

Other mobile video providers include Verizon Wireless's V Cast.

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