Friday, September 29, 2006

3 UK reports 12 million downloads for SeeMeTV

UK mobile operator 3 has reported more than 12 million downloads for its SeeMeTV service since launching it a year ago. Some 100,000 videos have been posted to SeeMeTV, with contributors generating GBP 250,000 in their own revenue as they share the proceeds from others downloading their clips. The service has recently been extended to include wallpapers and will also shortly include user-generated ringtones. Three's social networking site Kink Kommunity has signed up over 50,000 subscribers since launching in July. It receives on average 350,000 postings per day and generates 80,000 MMS submissions each month. Kink users can opt for either a daily (GBP 0.20) or monthly (GBP 1.49) giving full access to the online forum and as many images and videos as they like. Some 80 percent choose the monthly offer, with the service appealing mainly to 18- to 29-year-old range.

Europe says leads in mobile TV, but lacks frequency -

Fabio Colasanti, a senior official at the EU executive, told Reuters on sidelines of a news conference, the Union aims to use a specific part of radio spectrum known as "L band" as a short term solution for joint frequency, but taking it into use will still take time.

Monday, September 25, 2006's Digital Edge: Motorola, PCCW launch mobile TV technical trial in Hong Kong's Digital Edge: Motorola, PCCW launch mobile TV technical trial in Hong Kong

BT's Movio lurches into existence

We have discovered in the past that this shortcut into mobile TV, using the existing DAB multiplexes around the UK that were built solely for digital audio radio, will deliver a TV channel in around 70 Kbps, as opposed to the 400 Kbps that is likely across the rest of Europe. That will make it look very average, if not downright unwatchable.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Making money from mobile TV? Don't ask us, guv - News Analysis - Mobile Europe

How to make money from mobile TV still seems to be confusing the experts, with most agreeing that it is just too early to tell which models will work. A panel debate at Mobile Content World revealed little or note, in what is surely a crucial topic for the mobile industry.

At the moment, the best way of actually being profitable in mobile TV seems to be around brand extension of an existing sponsorship of a show. For example, Freemantle Media’s senior vp of interactive, Claire Tavernier, said Freemantle is making money from made for mobile content around its hit show X Factor.

But the twin, and crucial, questions of whether users would either support subscriptions for mobile TV, or whether there is or will be enough critical mass to support an advertising funded model remained unanswered – at least by this panel, which also included Eden Zoller, principal analyst at Ovum, and Selma Turajic, head of interactive media, Celador.

Mobile TV trial begins in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's first trial of broadcast mobile TV will get underway later this month after local telecoms company PCCW partnered with Motorola for a six-month pilot.

PCCW, which is already a world leader in the emerging IPTV market, is testing out the feasibility of DVB-H (digital video broadcasting – handheld) technology with mobile communications specialist Motorola.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Rok TV launches FreeBe TV free service for mobile phones news story in Mobile phones -

Rok TV has expanded its ever-growing portfolio of mobile services to include what the company claims is the first free mobile TV service.

Appropriately named FreeBe TV, the service is available in the US and in the UK, and is compatible with 14 handsets, including the Nokia N80 and N73, LG Fusic CU-300, and the Sony Ericsson W600i, W800i, W810i, K750i and W550i.

Motorola, Nokia to cooperate on mobile TV

Motorola and Nokia announced that they will work to achieve interoperability among their DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld) enabled mobile devices and network services. The handset manufacturers will work together to support solutions based on open DVB-IPDC standards available for operator partners interested in deploying multi-vendor mobile TV services and trials in 2006 and onward.

According to Informa, the mobile TV market is poised to grow exponentially - by 2010, there are anticipated to be over 50 mln DVB-H enabled mobile devices sold globally.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

BT and ZTE 3G Mobile TV Handset

BT today announced that is has signed an agreement with ZTE, a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, to develop the world’s first 3G mobile handset compatible with BT Movio’s wholesale mobile entertainment service.

The new phone will enable 3G mobile operators to offer BT Movio’s broadcast mobile TV and DAB digital radio service, ideal for live, mass-market channels, alongside existing video-on-demand services and niche channels over their 3G networks. Consumers will not have to worry about which technology to choose; they will simply see a wider selection of channels and services, and will be able to enjoy them in clear, digital quality.

The agreement was signed today at a ceremony in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to mark the occasion of Chinese Premier Wen’s official visit to the UK. The agreement closely follows the commercial launch of BT Movio in the UK last week, in which BT Movio was confirmed as the first wholesale service in the world to offer a service consisting of mobile TV, DAB digital radio, 7-day programme guide and ‘red button’ interactivity for mobile phones.

ZTE will develop and supply multi-mode 3G/DAB-IP enabled handsets to further extend the portfolio of devices capable of supporting the BT Movio service.

Emma Lloyd, managing director, BT Movio said: “With China’s status as the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile devices, the partnership with ZTE provides evidence of the growing support for BT Movio’s IP based approach to mobile TV in the world’s most influential mobile market. Furthermore, with the introduction of the first 3G mobile device capable of supporting DAB-IP, we will be in a strong position to extend the BT Movio wholesale proposition to 3G mobile operators in the UK.”

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

:: Mobile DTV Alliance :: Home

The Mobile DTV Alliance is an open industry consortium that focuses on promoting the best practices and open standards to deliver premium-quality broadcast television to mobile devices in North America. The alliance includes leading companies from across the mobile business system and entertainment value chain. Our promoters include Intel, Microsoft, Modeo, Motorola, Nokia and Texas Instruments.

Nokia, Motorola Shake Hands Over Mobile TV

DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld) is only one of several competing digital TV standards on the road to market. Qualcomm's MediFlo, currently in testing by Sky Broadcasting, is the most notable of the others in the U.S, but there is also DAB-IP (digital audio broadcasting--Internet Protocol), about to be leveraged by BT and Virgin Mobile in the U.K., for example. German providers are already broadcasting using yet another stanard, T-DMB (Terrestrial-Digital Multimedia Broadcasting).

MobiTV Demos Live High Definition Television Over WiMAX Network

CTIA - LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MobiTV, Inc.,
the global leader in mobile and broadband television and music services,
today announced it will offer attendees of the CTIA Wireless IT &
Entertainment show demonstrations of live High-Definition television
delivered over a pre-mobile WiMAX network. The real-time demonstration will
showcase the MobiTV(R) service running over Navini's Ripwave(TM) MX
equipment to both fixed and mobile customer premises equipment. This will
provide attendees with a preview of several 'Proof of Concepts' planned for
later this year.