Mobile video is no longer in its infancy—about a decade has passed since it entered into the mainstream. It has already built quite a rich history in that timespan. In 2003, MobiTV launched as the first mobile TV service in the U.S., gaining 500,000 subscribers by 2005. Last year, Nielsen reported that 30 million consumers were watching TV on mobile. Also in 2012, the BBC launched 24 mobile channels for the London Olympic Games, live streaming over 3,500 hours of total programming (all 32 sports and 302 medals).

2012 was also a big year for mobile movies. The documentary Searching for Sugar Man wins an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, making it the first time a film that was partially shot with an iPhone won the prestigious award. Mobile video has even made the headlines alongside major world events. During the 2011 Arab Spring, protesters in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya bypassed the state-controlled media and created their own live news feeds with their mobile phones, 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 consume large amounts of mobile video? Please share in the comments! To learn more about the history of mobile video, check out the full infographic by Qualcomm Spark.

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