Mobile TV technology in Japan claimed another milestone when it breached the 20 million mark since the program was started in 2006.
The service is favored in portable gadgets over the conventional high-definition digital TV service because the processing power needed to handle the OneSeg signal is significantly lower. The maximum OneSeg data rate is about 416k bps (bits per second) versus about 20M bps for terrestrial HDTV.
OneSeg comes in the QVGA resolution (320×240 pixels) format. Nevertheless, the mass adoption of the service may be cues to users wanting more content rather than content with great quality when it comes to video on mobile.
Streaming TV is being seen as the next hot trend that is to take off with the proliferation of mobile devices. The popularity of OneSeg shows that much consideration has to be given to power consumption as well.