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Canal Plus: TV channels should finance mobile TV

Television channels, and not mobile phone operators, should finance the distribution of programming on mobile phones, according to Canal Plus head Bertrand Meheut. 'TV channels should pay for the network as they already do for traditional television,’ Meheut told the Les Echos. ‘If mobile phone operators pay for the network, they will demand in exchange […]

August 29, 2007

EC looks to boost satellite services

A new mobile service for telephone, television and internet via satellite could be operational within a few years under a proposal made by the European Union’s executive arm. The plan would make the European Commission (EC) the clearinghouse for satellite companies seeking permission to offer the service in Europe, avoiding the need for approval from […]

August 27, 2007

BT, Sony video phone on PSP

BT Group and Sony have unveiled new software that will allow gamers using portable PlayStations to make video and voice calls and send instant messaging. They said the Go!Messenger wireless software for Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game player was set for commercial launch in January 2008. In a battle for supremacy against Japanese rival […]

August 26, 2007

France: mobile TV model conflict

French media companies, including Lagardere, Bollore, NRJ, and BFM, want to offer free mobile TV channels, while MNOs plan to charge a monthly subscription of E5 to E15, reports Les Echos. Under the broadcasters’ plans, at least some mobile TV channels will be free to air. Using the same model as for DTT, customers would […]

August 24, 2007

Thomson mobile TV trial in Sydney

Thomson is working to deliver a trial mobile television service across the greater Sydney area in Australia. The service will use the open DVB-H standard and can be received on any DVB-H capable mobile device equipped with decoding technology from Irdeto, with whom Thomson is working to deliver the service. There are five channels in […]

August 24, 2007

Mobile phone advanced features underused

Mobile phone users are spurning advanced features including TV and web browsing, according to a Continental Research survey. The percentage of users accessing the Internet from handsets fell from 14 per cent to 12 per cent over the past 12 months, and radio listening fell from 11 per cent to 9 per cent.

August 23, 2007

France: mobile TV model conflict

French media companies, including Lagardere, Bollore, NRJ, and BFM, want to offer free mobile TV channels, while MNOs plan to charge a monthly subscription of E5 to E15, reports Les Echos. Under the broadcasters’ plans, at least some mobile TV channels will be free to air. Using the same model as for DTT, customers would […]

August 23, 2007

BBC, O2 tie up

BBC Worldwide's Digital Media division announces a new content partnership with mobile operator O2. Under the deal, BBC Worldwide will provide a range of branded mobile content to be retailed through the O2 Active mobile portal. The O2 distribution deal with BBC Worldwide follows on from the recent appointment of Peter Mercier as head of […]

August 22, 2007

Sky Sports on mobile phones

Satellite broadcaster BSkyB is expanding its sports offering with the launch of live Barclays Premier League football on mobile phones. Every one of this season's Premier League matches are to be broadcast live by Sky Sports via Sky Mobile TV beginning on 11 August. Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3 will be available as simulcast […]

August 3, 2007