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Study: 300M Video-Enabled Phones to Ship in 2008

The mobile-phone industry -- or perhaps that should be mobile-TV-receiver industry -- will ship 300 million video-enabled phones in 2008.

That's according to a new report from MultiMedia Intelligence, which said that figure will outnumber TVs shipped, even at a time when many viewers will be buying new digital TVs.

Multimedia phones are ones with video playback, Bluetooth, MP3 audio, 16-bit screen color and more, and they will represent $76 billion in sales, the report said.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.