— Connect2Media: Manchester-based mobile games developer and distributor Connect2Media has signed a distribution deal with US games publisher Oasys Mobile. The deal covers the distribution of Oasys’s games, including Railroad Tycoon and Sid Meier’s Civilisation IV, outside North America. C2M has been busy signing deals of late: in September it bought Israeli mobile content distributor RayFusion and has signaled a desire to branch out into TV content commissioning.
— Top Up TV: Freeview VOD channel Top Up TV has signed a content deal with CBS (NYSE: CBS) Paramount, adding Sex and the City and CSI to the list of available shows. The subscription-only channel will get eight hours a week of CBS content, rising to 11 hours a week within a few months. Subscriptions start at £9.99. Via NMA.
— German IPTV: Growth in IPTV take-up is expected to slow in 2009 according to some analysts, but the market keeps expanding in Germany. New research from German industry body Bitkom shows that the number of IPTV users in the country stood at 546,000 at the end of 2008, compared to 170,000 at the end of 2007. Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain service is the reason for much of the growth, and Bitkom predicts the growth to continue thanks to the market in flat screen, HD-ready TVs. From Europe.tmcnet.com.