Nokia is to start a mobile TV channel in the UK specifically for its new N96 smartphone.

Users of the new handset, which was launched earlier this month, will be able to access a service called Capsule N96 from the beginning of October.

This will allow users to download ‘mobisodes’ of exclusive entertainment and lifestyle programming for free.

Lasting 96 seconds, the mobisodes will cover a variety of subject areas, including motoring, fashion, comedy and technology.
Capsule N96 will initially run until the end of November, at which point Nokia will review the service.

While the channel will be optimised for the N96, the service is to accessible via any Nokia phone capable of supporting the content.

Although mobile TV has never really taken off outside of Asia, this could change with the increasing use of high-quality screens on smartphones.

Earlier this month, Nokia announced that the BBC’s iPlayer application was to be available on the N96 – the first time it has been available via mobile.

Also scheduled for an October, it allows N96 users to download BBC television programmes for up to seven days after being broadcast.

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