Nokia unveils premium mobile TV for N96

BBC iPlayer AND mobisodes? We'll never take our eyes off the screen...
BBC iPlayer AND mobisodes? We'll never take our eyes off the screen...

Nokia, fresh from officially launching the N96 phone with as many bells and whistles as it can pack in, has unveiled a slew of N96-only mobile phone TV channels, called Capsule 96.

However, each episode is available in 96 second bursts... You see what they did there? The name and the length are the same! Now that's a marketing department that's in the zone.


Although we don't usually paste in press release waffle, Nokia's justification for providing these little snippets of infotainment is just too good to miss:

"Catering to the new generation of time poor 'content grazers' who want insightful, up-to-the minute content in condensed packages to watch at their leisure, Capsule N96 offers high quality 'infotainment' to view on the go."

What on earth is a content-grazer? Why are we suddenly time poor? Why do we want to watch condensed programming? The questions are endless.

To be fair, Nokia has pushed the boat out for the content, including mobisodes (what a word) on motoring, fashion, gadgets, comedy, culture and homes, and featuring such names as fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and Jonny Smith from Fifth Gear.

Perhaps today's culture vultures are craving snippets of entertainment and Nokia has got this one right. But we deep thinkers at TechRadar cannot empathise with folk with such low attention spans, especially when there's a squirrel outside that's GOT A PIECE OF FOIL ON ITS HEAD!

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.