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Verizon exclusivity ends, YouTube Mobile opens the gates – Mobile Marketing

juin 18, 2007

Alright, everyone go quit your jobs and pick up second (and third) batteries for your handsets: YouTube Mobile has gone live.

As previously reported, YouTube was apparently merely biding its time while Verizon’s exclusivity deal ran its course before flipping the switch, so now we can all enjoy several hundred editor’s picks — the supposed cream of the YouTube crop — in mobile-friendly 3GP format (though word has it they’re eventually planning a full mobile implementation).

Initial testing on our Nokia N76 review unit suggests that 3G data is highly recommended, but we somehow suspect we’ll still manage to sink our productivity to record lows even on crappy EDGE. Hit up m.youtube.com to check it out; we’ll be on the couch with our eyes glued to our phones if you need us.

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Verizon exclusivity ends, YouTube Mobile opens the gates – Engadget Mobile

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Mobile Marketing : NBC to offer on-demand mobile television service

mars 20, 2007

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NBC Universal said on it would let viewers buy full-length, prime-time television shows such as « The Office » and « Heroes » on-demand to play on mobile phones, a first for the United States.

The decision is the latest effort by media and wireless companies to entice consumers to watch video on their phones. The strategy aims to expand viewership outside the home and boost revenue for service providers beyond charging for phone calls.

NBC’s new service will be delivered through privately-held MobiTV, allowing viewers to stream full episodes of top-rated shows starting at $1.99 for a 24-hour period after the show airs. But prices will also depend on how much wireless service providers want to charge.

The service is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2007 and follows Verizon Wireless launch of live TV services in several U.S. markets from a network built by Qualcomm Inc.’s (Nasdaq:QCOM – news) MediaFlo USA unit.

MobiTV started streaming video to phones in 2003 and now has more than 2 million subscribers to its service in the United Kingdom, as well as North and South America.

« Everybody’s going to do this eventually, » said Outlook4Mobility analyst Andy Seybold, referring to other media and wireless companies.

Apple Inc.’s (Nasdaq:AAPL – news) portable iPod video player already shows full-length TV programs, but customers have to first download the program from their computer. Its iPhone, which arrives in stores in June combines a media-playing iPod with a wireless connection.

MobiTV customers will be able to decide to buy a show and watch it on the go. They will not be able to store the show on their cell phone, at least initially, and only some phones will enable viewers to pause a show and resume viewing later on, said Jeff Bartee, vice president of programming at MobiTV.

Analysts said the ability to pause a show would be crucial to enticing mobile phone customers to on-demand purchases.

« I don’t believe anybody’s going to watch an hour-long show all at once, » said Seybold.

The service will not have the same picture quality as regular TV, but MobiTV said the difference would be imperceptible on small phone screens.

MobiTV and NBC did not say which operators would offer their service. For $9.99 a month, MobiTV streams TV shows to the phones of Cingular, now being rebranded as AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T – news), Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S – news), and Alltel Corp. (NYSE:AT – news).

Representatives for the wireless carriers were not immediately available for comment.

Verizon Wireless spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said the company does not have plans to sign up MobiTV, but would not comment on whether any on-demand services were in the works.

Verizon Wireless is owned by Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ – news) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L). NBC is majority-owned by General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE – news) , while Vivendi (VIV.PA) also retains a stake.

NBC to offer on-demand mobile television service – Yahoo! News

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First dual-mode WiMax and CDMA phone revealed

juillet 3, 2006

Samsung dual-mode slider phone supports CDMA and WiBro.

Samsung has revealed a dual-mode mobile phone which supports mobile WiMax wireless internet access and standard 3G CDMA technology, industry sources have revealed to vnunet.com.

The prototype next-generation handset is being shown at the CommunicAsia trade show in Singapore, according to sources who have seen the phone.

The new Samsung dual-mode slider phone supports CDMA and WiBro, a Korean-developed variant of the 802.16e mobile WiMax standard.

No other information has emerged about the prototype, and the company’s headquarters had not replied to questions by the end of office hours in Korea.

Korean media reported last month that Samsung was rumoured to be working on a new WiBro device, dubbed the Dual-Band Dual-Mode phone. The rumours appear to refer to the product unveiled in Singapore.

Among other products on show in Singapore, Samsung launched what it claims is the world’s thinnest phone, the 6.9mm Ultra Edition 6.9 (X820) which weighs 66g.

The company also released a 12.9mm phone with a 3-megapixel camera. These new phones all have 80MB of memory.

Korean telecoms service providers and manufacturers are strongly backing the WiBro standard. Korea Telecom, the country’s largest provider of fixed-line phone services, plans to launch a commercial WiBro service this month, according to the Korea Times.

The WiMax and WiBro wireless internet standards operate in a similar way to Wi-Fi, but offer a range measured in kilometres rather than tens of metres, and speeds ranging from hundreds of kilobits per second to several megabits per second.

First dual-mode WiMax and CDMA phone revealed – vnunet.com

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