BitBop for Blackberrys made official

We have been talking about the new BitBop app for Research In Motion Ltd.’s (RIM) BlackBerry line of smartphones for a little while (read here and here) but the program just ended its beta period and is ready for mass consumption. That is good news for everyone who has wanted to get their hands on some streaming television content via their BlackBerry. BitBop was developed by Fox Mobile and offers streaming content from some heavy-hitters like CBS, NBC, Discovery, Comedy Central and of course Fox themselves.

Run over to BitBops website and sign up your free trial right now. After the trial ends, the app costs $9.99 a month. While price per month might seem a tad steep (to be honest, I just like everything free), there is no harm in seeing if you love the app before you buy.

Here is some info from the press release:

 Joe Bilman, Executive Vice President, Global Products, Fox Mobile Group had this to say;

  ‘The potential of the smartphone has barely been tapped.  Our goal is to provide consumers with an exciting new digital entertainment experience on their handheld devices and what better place to start than with the original and continuously innovative smartphone.’

Tyler Lessard, Vice President, Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research In Motion said,

  ‘Bitbop’s exciting mobile video platform richly enhances the wireless entertainment experience for BlackBerry users by putting premier video content right at their fingertips.’”

Hmm, so it looks like Hulu might be losing some users who have BlackBerrys. As always, competition is good for consumers because it forces companies to make better stuff. I am looking forward to not only BitBop, but all of the other streaming smartphone software apps that will be sure to follow in the near future. Streaming television is finally here on our smartphones via Wi-Fi and 3G. Now I really know we are in the 21st century.

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