Wireless application protocol, or WAP TV is a type of application that enables users to access classic television programming that is broadcast over the Internet, making it possible to view that programming using some type of desktop or laptop computer, an Internet enabled tablet, or even a mobile device such as a phone that is equipped with Internet capability. The idea behind this type of application is to allow end users to access the programming via these various devices, effectively letting them watch television just about anywhere. As the name implies, WAP TV makes use of wireless connections to allow those users to access and view the available programming.
Considered an open source application, WAP TV does require the use of a browser that is configured to support wireless application protocol television applications. Many of the operating systems and browsers released since the dawn of the 21st century will support this type of wireless data stream, with the newer browser options allowing for greater clarity of sound and video as part of the transmission process. Even browsers created for use with tablets are usually configured for this type of activity, sometimes requiring that the user download proprietary software portals to receive programming from authorized sources.
The benefit of WAP TV is the ability to use mobile devices to enjoy a wide range of programming options with a quality that is very similar to that of watching programs on a high definition television set. Depending on the application used, it is possible to connect with and watch live television broadcasts on channels around the world, without the need for paying subscriber fees or other charges that are found with other types of online viewing services. When coupled with the fact that the viewing is managed with the aid of a mobile device, WAP TV offers a means of enjoying news reports from around the world as well as sampling the entertainment options available in a number of countries.
Mobile service providers can verify if the browser included as part of the programming on a handheld device will allow for the use of WAP TV. Depending on the configuration and resources associated with the device, it may be possible to download a different browser that is capable of receiving wireless application protocol television. Service providers can aid consumers in selecting mobile units that are capable of receiving WAP TV and in some cases aid in upgrading service and equipment options so that an existing mobile device can be configured to allow for this type of program reception.