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“Mobile Video” Means “Video You Watch at Home”

brahYes, you can use your iPhone to watch movie clips and music videos while you’re in a car or on your way to work.

But you’re probably using it watch stuff when you’re sitting on your couch or in your bed.

That’s not the use case Apple, Google and other gadget makers show off in their ads. But it does seem to be the way people use this stuff in real life, and we’ve been hearing about it for a while.

Here’s the latest data point: Research commissioned by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which says 63 percent of video viewing on phones — not tablets, just phones –happens at home.

And it’s quite likely to be happening in bed. And a lot of the time, the TV’s on, too.

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It’s possible that as we get sophisticated phones and higher mobile broadband speeds (ie LTE, etc), that things change, and people start watching more stuff on the go.

But my hunch is that the telcos’ move away from all-you-can eat data plans will make this trend even more pronounced. Important implications for mobile content makers and advertisers.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work