One of the first things people noticed on the iPad 3G was that video streaming applications such as Netflix and YouTube offer lower-resolution video over 3G than they do over Wi-Fi.
Why this was a surprise is a mystery. It's been observed for sometime that there was a difference in YouTube videos on the iPhone. Same conditions, great resolution over Wi-Fi, poor over 3G.
Come to find that ABC's very popular app, just refuses to stream over 3G AT ALL!
It‚Äôs Wi-Fi or nothing, baby.
There was confusion over the exact reason for this: AT&T directed questions to Apple, there was speculation about digital rights, technical considerations, yadda, yadda, yadda…
AppAdvice notes that Apple says:
iPhone and iPad apps that send large amounts of audio or video data over cellular networks are required to use HTTP Live Streaming. […]
You must include a low quality stream of no more than 64 Kbps for your app to resort to when network conditions demand it, along with the higher quality streams you want to deliver to your customers when the network can support it.
Netflix and Youtube decided to include that functionality, ABC didn‚Äôt. They went with Wi-Fi only.
It‚Äôs ABC‚Äôs fault. It‚Äôs not Apple, nor AT&T.
Silicon Alley Insider tells us that ABC has reconsidered ( that WAS quick! ) and submitted a revised version of its iPad app, complete with 3G streaming.
Good thing too, it is a wonderful, slickly designed app. The ABC shows look awesome on it and sure to get a lot of use… once they get it unnerfed.