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More than a year ago, I saw a San Diego start-up demo their video compression algorithms by delivering full motion video (acutally a clip from Air Force One)
over a wireless link to a Palm VII. The quality was suprisingly good. Do you think QCOM could be working in this cinema bowling alley to help position a
combination of 3G wireless and compressed video delivery?

Qualcomm used compression technology from PacketVideo during that demonstration. We are way ahead of ourselves in connecting the dots, but I like your thinking. :)

I believe PacketVideo's compression techniques are proprietary? Not sure who has the lions share on MPEG-4. They also are planning to go public eventually, you may want to check out their website. As displayed prominently there, they are a member of Red Herring's top 100 tech company list. Check this out:

PacketVideo and Media Companies to Trial New Technology for Streaming Video Content to Wireless Handheld Devices

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 13, 2000 – PacketVideo today announced that it has agreements with over 35 global media and online companies to trial the delivery of video to wireless devices. Among the companies working
with PacketVideo to explore the streaming of their content over mobile networks are AtomFilms; Broadband Sports; Columbia Records; E!Entertainment Television Networks; Eveo;;; (, Disney Online); Hollywood Records; House of Blues Digital, Inc. (;;; Icebox; iFUSE; KLAS-TV;; MTV3 (Finland); MUSICBLITZ; Odyssey, A Henson & Hallmark Entertainment Network; Reuters Media;
Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment;; Sundance Channel;, Inc.;; Universal Pictures;; Warner Bros.;—The Weather Channel® website; and

PacketVideo has developed standards-compliant MPEG-4 software that enables the encoding, decoding, and transmission of full motion video over wireless networks on mobile devices. The technology enables the
distribution of video over wireless networks with bit rates as low as 14.4 kbps (which is the rate for networks in the U.S. today) as well as 2.5G and
3.5G networks. The technology is air-interface independent, which means that it works across any type of wireless network, including CDMA, GSM, TDMA, GPRS, and UMTS.

That's a heckuva list of partners for a new company. This is going to be a huge player. Can you see Qualcomm acquiring PacketVideo? Man, it would sure make a lot of sense from my point of view.
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