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Mobile Content Bits: ESPN MobiTV; Nokia Answers; Vivendi Games

ESPN (NYSE: DIS) Mobile TV: ESPN has signed a deal with MobiTV for a 24/7 linear mobile channel dubbed, you guessed it, ESPN Mobile TV. This will replace the non-linear channel ESPN currently has on MobiTV. “The channel offers a blend of live simulcast sports events, comprehensive and breaking sports news, commentary and analysis, and real-time sports scores and game updates” reports World Screen. As well as full-length live events the channel will have content from Mike & Mike in the Morning, First Take, Pardon the Interruption, Rome is Burning and Around the Horn, and made-for mobile shows such as ESPN ReSet, ScoreCenter and Fantasy Football Now.

Answers On Nokia: Answers has signed a deal with Nokia (NYSE: NOK) to put its 4 million answers on Nokia’s S40 and S60 devices. Answers licenses content from 180 sources to provide its answers. There’s no indication of what the financial side of the deal is. (release)

Vivendi (EPA: VIV) Games On Nokia: Vivendi Games Mobile has signed a deal with Nokia to make its mobile games available on Nokia’s Download! service. Vivendi’s interest is of course all about visibility — this is a distribution channel on a large number of devices that isn’t dependent on the carriers.

Veveo On Motorola: Mobile video company Veveo has signed a deal with Motorola (NYSE: MOT) which gives the handset manufacturer “the option to pre-install vTap software on new Motorola multimedia handsets, beginning with the new MOTO Z10 video-enabled device” reports Mass High Tech. The free app lets users search and view “hundreds of millions” of web videos on their mobiles via their data services, and can share videos by sending SMS (though I’m not sure if the recipient needs Veveo as well).

Mobile Video Search: Mobile video networking company Juicecaster has launched Mobile Video Search (MVS), an application for searching user-posted videos on mobiles. The service is free and lets people with video-capable handsets watch videos on demand by texting keywords to 84462, and will receive a reply with links to the requested content. This relies on people uploading their videos to Juicecaster and tagging them appropriately. If it’s done well it will be good, but watching a mis-tagged video on YouTube on a broadband line is annoying — paying the data charges for mobile could get more than annoying. (release)