Bitbop is a service that lets you stream TV shows and movies to a mobile device. The company launched a BlackBerry app earlier this year, and today Bitbop unveiled software that will let you access the service on a Google Android device.
The company offers commercial free content from a variety of networks including CBS, Comedy Central, FOX, MTV, Nickelodeon, SyFy, and USA network. You can watch videos over WiFi, 3G, or 4G connections. You can also download videos for viewing while you’re offline. That’s the good news.
The bad news is there don’t seem to be any movies available yet, just movie trailers. And there are only a little over a hundred TV shows to choose from, with some shows offering just a few episodes and others offering only clips.
That said, there are probably some folks who would be willing to pay $10 per month just to watch The Daily Show on the road, and Bitbop can certainly help you there. I found 21 episodes of the Daily Show, ready to stream.
On the other hand, The Colbert Report is noticeably absent. Update: Bitbop wrote in to point out that I stink at searching, and that The Colbert Report is available.
It takes a few seconds for a video to start playing, since Bitbop has to validate a license. Once things get going though, the video playback is relatively smooth, although the quality is nothing to write home about. Jon Stewart looked kind of pixelated on my Google Nexus One at first, but the video quality improved after a few minutes.
Bitbop supports the Motorola Droid, Droid X, and Droid 2, the HTC Incredible and Evo 4G and the Google Nexus One. The service costs $10 per month, but you can sign up for a free trial that will let you stream 3 videos over the course of 7 days — although you do need to supply your credit card information to sign up for the trial. Just make sure to login to the Bitbop web site and cancel your subscription if you decide not to keep paying after the free trial expires.
You can check out some more screenshots after the break.