Monday, April 17, 2006

Sony Ericsson Head Says “A TV In Every Cellphone”

Miles Flint, President of Sony Ericsson, believes that mobile TV is coming to all cellphones in a few years. Could it be that SE is working on their own, proprietary system and this is a warning shot from deep within their Swedish bowels? Possibly.

When will it happen, you ask? 2007 or 2008. I’m thinking it won’t happen in the US until we get some sort of DMB system installed or XM/Siruis or even some of the old guard satellite TV folks start streaming something we want to watch. Video over 3G probably won’t be the best solution, but it’s also a potential winner.


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Helio Bundles Yahoo Into 3G Service Phones

HELIO LLC and Yahoo Inc.announced a relationship to give Helio members access to one of the most extensive suites of Yahoo! services available from any mobile brand.

Helio members will stay connected to their favorite Yahoo! services such as Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports and more on Helio's 3G services.

In addition, Yahoo! and Helio will co-market the services across the Yahoo! network and other Helio marketing channels. The marketing efforts will showcase how easily Yahoo! users can extend their experience into the mobile environment with Helio's 3G network and high-end devices.

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Friday, April 14, 2006

3 to provide user-gen content for Sky, ITN

Continuing to leverage its recently launched citizen journalism services, U.K. operator 3 is in talks with Sky News and ITN to provide the news networks with video clips of newsworthy stories from its subscribers' video camcorder phones. The deal aims to create a direct channel for any 3 subscriber in the midst of a big news event, as opposed to the networks relying on viewers to send in clips, which they did during Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami two years ago. 3's SeeMe TV service allows subscribers to upload video clips for others in the network to view and vote on. The service also recently signed a deal with MSN Spaces to showcase some of the best content online. But most of these clips are gags or attempts at humor--this deal would carry a solicitation for more powerful, newsworthy clips.

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Pure-play wireless carriers eye DSL

Pure-play mobile operators like O2 and Vodafone in Europe are looking to enter the fixed broadband market through local loop unbundling options that allow them to attain and deploy DSL equipment. Vodafone's management restructuring last week included a new division headed by CTO Thomas Geitner that will focus on converged IP services and IMS and a centralized service delivery platform architecture, which it couldn't do if it was simply wholesaling a DSL provider's services. Reports circling the Internet claim that Alcatel has already made a pitch to Vodafone and other vendors may have, too.

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