Unforgettable Moments in Mobile Video [INFOGRAPHIC]

How excited were you when the first mobile phones with video capability came out? We all knew we’d have the ability to easily shoot family videos—or anything interesting we observed on the streets. Few people, however, could have predicted the dramatic level of impact mobile video would have on society. It’s only fitting then that we visit some of the most unforgettable moments in mobile video history.

The big moment in mobile television happened in 2003 when MobiTV launched as the first mobile TV service in the U.S., gaining 500,000 subscribers by 2005. That year, Apple launched a new version of iTunes with video support and the capability to purchase movies and TV shows. In 2012, Nielsen reported that 30 million consumers are now watching TV on mobile. The FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010 became the largest online sporting event, generating one million unique viewers for the ESPN mobile TV app, 93 million minutes of total live viewing, and 555,000 video views over the first two days.

Movies have begun to carve its own place as well in the world of mobile video. In 2004, 14 platinum ticket holders at the Cinequest Film Festival received a Wi-Fi-connected palmOne Tungsten C handheld to watch short films. Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me It Would Be This Bad in Afghanistan, a silent movie shot on a 3.2 megapixel camera phone, premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. Do you use Netflix to stream movies? In 2010, the company launched its mobile app for watching movies on the go. Now, in 2013, the service accounts for four percent of all mobile traffic.

Mobile video has even impacted major world events like the Arab Spring. In 2011, protesters in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya bypassed the state-controlled media and created their own live news feeds with their mobile phones during the Arab Spring, with more than 10,000 videos uploaded during Egypt’s election day. The top 23 Arab Spring YouTube videos received nearly 5.5 million views.

Do you rely on your mobile phone to watch movies and take videos? Please share in the comments! To learn more, check out the full infographic by Qualcomm Spark.

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