Europe

Ringtone On The Wane Globally

Not that this is news to regular readers here..we have been tracking the decline of aggregators and interest in the ringtone market for most…

Liquid Air Lab Buys Rocket Science

German company Liquid Air Lab (which runs mobile radio/podcast service Spodtronic) has finalized the acquisition of Finnish company Rocket S…

Mobile Barcodes Driving Magazine Traffic

The French Association of Multimedia Mobiles has said that the use of mobile barcodes in magazines in the past few months was very successfu…

Top Headlines From paidContent:UK

Top headlines from our new UK site:
— EMI Launches Social Networking Site ScoutR
— Ofcom: Mobile, Internet Could Play A Role In Public Sec…

EU Does Officially Back DVB-H

Not news to anyone reading us over the last couple of weeks, but it has become official: EU has urged the 27 national governments part of th…

AP Goes Mobile In Europe

Associated Press is launching a mobile news service in Europe, which will offer news and photo services direct to mobiles. It will launch th…

Swisscom Signs Napster For Music Service

Swisscom, the largest mobile operator in Switzerland with 4.6 million users, has signed up Napster Mobile to be its exclusive mobile music s…

Vivendi Plans Multimedia Website For Mobile

Vivendi plans to launch a multimedia website which will offer music, video, film and games content both from Vivendi and partners, reports F…

PennWell Buys Trade Site LEDs Magazine

An acquisition deep from within the bowels of B2B media: PennWell, the trade media company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has bought UK-based LED…

Handheld Entertainment Buys Holylemon.com

Portable media marketer HandHeld Entertainment has completed its fifth acquisition of a user-generated video site in less than a year with i…

Museums Team Up For Mobile Content

A number of museums have joined together to create Museum On The Go, which will offer images of famous works of art, photographs of historic…

Hungary’s Pannon Beefs Up WAP News Portal

Hungarian mobile operator Pannon will revamp its WAP news portal to feature updated information and images from MTI the Hungarian News Agenc…

HMV Overhaul Efforts; Digital Hopes

HMV, the UK’s biggest music retailer, is trying really hard, but has hit a wall till now. Now it hoping against hope, and has made public so…

Spanish Kids Series Bernard Goes Mobile

Spanish production house BRB Internacional has signed deals with a number of European carriers for consumers to download any of the 52 episo…

Index Closes $460 Million Fund

Index Ventures, one of Europe’s biggest early-stage Internet investor, has closed a $460 million new fund. Skype represents Index’s most not…

Geo-Social Net Plazes Raises $3.5 Million

Berlin-based social net Plazes has received $3.5 million in its first round of funding from Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures. Founded in D…

Ohm:TV Signs Content Deal With Mobitel

German company ohm:tv has signed a deal with Mobitel, a Croatian mobile marketing company, to have its content distributed through portals a…

Orb Gets On Orange France

Orange France (a subsidiary of France Telecom) has launched “Mon PC à distance”, which uses the Orb service to allow its mobile customers t…

U.K.’s NTL Abandons Plan To Buy ITV

Well, this was expected, after BSkyB swooped in with the predatory move to buy about 20 percent of ITV last month. Cable company NTL said th…

Streaming Music From PC To Phone

Oxy Systems has launched a social networking and mobile service called phling! which lets users listen to songs and podcasts stored on their…

Stats From The 3rd Russian VAS Conference

Michael Novikov, CEO & founder of ADMIN Ltd, has written this report on the 3rd Russian Mobile VAS Conference, which was held in Petersburg…

TMN Portugal Launches Napster Mobile

Portuguese operator TMN has signed on for Napster Mobile (a joint effort between Napster and Ericsson), according to a press release. The se…

Italy

There are two ways an operator can sell content: guide users to where it

Orange HD Mobile TV

Orange will launch a high definition mobile TV service in France this month called TV HD Mobile, based on the combination of 250kbit/s strea…

MTV To Broadcast Europe Music Awards Via Mobile

MTV will broadcast the Europe Music Awards (EMAs) to mobile phones throughout Europe for the first time, “simulcast live”. “The EMAs, taking…

MTV & FunkySexyCool Cross Promotion

FunkySexyCool is partnering with MTV in a cross-promotional sort of way for its entry into Europe, and will be called MTV FunkySexyCool. I w…

Microsoft, Orange Launch Messaging In France

Microsoft and France Telecom (which owns the Orange brand) have teamed up to put a messaging system (different from MSN) onto 9 compatible h…

@AOP: Awards Winners

I wasn’t at the AOP Awards booze-up last night, alas, but the winners included:
– Consumer website: BBC Worldwide’s TopGear.com for “perfect…

Telecom Italia Gearing Up For Mobile TV

Telecom Italia is gearing up to launch its mobile TV service, signing a contract with manufacturer Thomson. “The product, run by Grass Valle…

TV Digitale Mobile: Right Place, Right Time?

Windsor Holden, a senior analyst with Analysys Research, claims that the sudden rush for mobile TV in Italy was only due to the World Cup an…

Cartoon Network Hits Mobile Europe

Turner Broadcasting System Europe and France Telecom have signed a deal to bring Cartoon Network content to Orange subscribers in the UK, Sp…

Bankrate Buys Three Sites For $4.44 Million

Personal finance information company Bankrate.com announced its Q2 earnings and profits were flat despite higher revenue, due largely to sto…

EC Rejects Mobile Broadcasting Fears

The European Commission has rejected claims that a proposed directive will stifle the mobile content industry, claiming that it is intended…

Mobile Portals In Eastern Europe

Time Europe Edition has a piece on InterWorld Corporation opening a mobile content portal in Riga, Latvia. It’s a good move, the portal will…

T-Mobile’s Robbie Williams Content

There’s some details out about the content that T-Mobile will offer as part of its sponsorship of the tour of Robbie Williams (in addition t…

UK Media’s Top 100 Movers and Shakers

Go drown yourself in it silly…Guardian’s annual list of top 100 most powerful UK media executives in the industry is out today. The top 4…

TV Without Frontiers, Lawmakers In Tears

The EU is in the process of introducing a Television Without Frontiers (TVWF) directive, which is intended to regulate new forms of televisi…

EasyMobile.nl Flops

Cut-price European MVNO EasyMobile has pulled out of the Netherlands claiming “the operation had fallen well short of achieving sales target…

France Approves iTunes Rights Law

The French government has passed a law requiring that any digital song can be played on any player, regardless of its format or source. “The…

Nokia Plans New Mobile TV Trial In Sweden

Nokia has announced plans for another commercial mobile TV trial in Sweden, this one with radio and TV operator Teracom. Last week Nokia ann…

Messaging MVNO Launched In France

Jean-Louis Constanza, former director of Tele2 in France, has launched an MVNO in France called Ten which is differentiating itself by offer…

Coca-Cola Closes MyCokeMusic Site in UK

Oh well…the site sucked, plus competing against more serious players, including Apple iTunes and others proved to be hard. Mycokemusic lau…

TeliaSonera Sweden To Trial DVB-H

TeliaSonera Sweden is teaming up with Nokia for a DVB-H trial, which “will be in extensive use in Gothenburg and Stockholm from early August…

Bob Geldof’s Firm Plans Online TV Service

Sir Bob Geldof’s TV production company Ten Alps is drawing on its $20 million purchase of public sector contract publishing company McMillan…

RTE Trials Mobile TV In Dublin

A DAB-based mobile TV trial is scheduled to take place in Dublin. Ireland’s public service broadcaster, RTE, is conducting the technical tri…

Italians Jump Ahead In the Mobile-TV Game

The Wall Street Journal has a detailed account of the Italian mobile TV sector, with a suggestion that this could be a good model to follow…

Mobile Content In Ireland

This is an incredibly comprehensive article about what the different operators in Ireland are doing in regards to 3G. They range from walled…

Vivendi Launches Canal Plus Video On SFR

This was announced last year, and now some more details: Vivendi-owned SFR, he mobile operator in France, has launched Canal Plus Mobile, wh…

Finnish DVB-H Mobile TV Rollout This Year

Finnish broadcaster Digita is planning the rollout of a DVB-H network in Finland, which it obtained the rights for early this year. “The fir…

@ We Media: BBC TV Center

We’re at the big studio at BBC’s TV Center in White City, in London. The We Media conference just started here…it feels way overproduced,…

French National TV Puts Up Archives Online

(via ThisFrenchLife) What the Brits can do, the French can do one better, or so they would tell you: the same week BBC announced putting tex…

MTV Show Launches To Mobile Before TV

MTV is planning on showing a new show on mobile phones before it hits the TV screen (this is in Europe, anyway, I’m not sure what the detail…

Vodafone To Take DVB-H To Italy

It looks like Vodafone will roll out a DVB-H service in Italy…no surprise on the technology.

Scoopt To Get Preloaded On 10M Handsets

This is from a few days ago, but Scoopt — the cameraphone picture agency — is “about to sign a deal which puts Scoopt software on 10 milli…

ABBA On Mobiles

ABBA has finally agreed to release their music as ringtones…”The songwriters wanted to ensure that the ringtones would be digitised versio…

ITV Programs To Go Online This Year

Or so is the intent, according to Jeff Henry, CEO of ITV’s new consumer division in UK. It is aiming to distribute its shows such as The Bil…

Velti To Raise $17 Million in IPO on AIM

Velti, a Greek mobile content software and delivery company, is debuting its IPO on London’s AIM market and is expected to raise close to $1…

Fewer UK Sites Charge For Content This Year

The number of UK media groups charging for online content has nearly halved over the last year, according to the Association of Online Publi…

MIPTV RoundUp: Miller, Burnett, MSFT, Etc

The MIPTV confab is going on at Cannes (now, we’re not there this time) and some news coming out of it…a roundup of news below:
— New-med…

Alcatel To Buy Lucent For $13.4 Billion

Reuters: French communications-equipment maker Alcatel will buy smaller U.S. rival Lucent Technologies for $13.4 billion to gain market heft…

Orange France To Launch Orange World TV

Orange will launch a mobile TV portal in France using BlueStreak’s MachBlue platform. The portal will offer 52 channels which will be delive…

Push!Music P2P Mobile Music Sharing App

The Guardian is raising unnecessary alarm over a nascent file/music sharing system on mobile, that could allow music to be sent wirelessly f…

EU Calls For Harmony On Mobile TV

The EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding has given a speech at CeBIT saying that the European Commission needed to make a quic…

Deutsche Telekom As a Media Company

Well, that’s what they’re going for…Deutsche Telekom CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke etailed the company’s plans at CeBit to get into the entertainment…

Common-Man Idol In Finland

The Finnish version of mobile karaoke has gotten a huge boost by being linked in with the popular TV show Pop Idol…dubbed “Jokamiehen Idol…

Coverage Of FT New Media Conference in London

I’m back from London..didn’t stay for the rather-insular FT New Media and Broadcasting Conference, but Jemima’s doing the honors on Journali…

Pocket Movies Take France By Storm

The first movie was shot in France (and what an entertaining piece of cinematography that was — I especially liked the horse) and according…

Malta Gets Mobile TV

Malta telco Go Mobile has launched a streaming mobile TV service…’TV on Your Mobile’ is a Go Mobile service powered by EDGE technology. “I…

@ OPA Global Forum in London

I have to start with this: the venue, The Landmark hotel, is absolutely beautiful…there is no other way to put it. The hotel rooms are as…

Alcatel Proposes Satellite DVB-H

Alcatel has proposed providing mobile TV using DVB-H technology but in the 2.2-gigahertz or “S” band currently reserved for mobile satellite…

Zed Staines Mobile Industry’s Reputation

Here’s another way to ensure that people shy away from mobile content…The Inquirer has a story claiming that LaNetro Zed kept charging peo…

UK Digital Media Roundup

Some UK news:
— News International chiefs talk up Times Online: The website of the Times and Sunday Times newspapers attracted an upmarket…

3 Unveils LaTre Mobile TV Service

3 Italy has unveiled its new mobile TV service LaTre, which has 15 channels (which will be increased to 20 by the end of the year, and then…

Craig David’s Mobile Music Quest

R&B star Craig David gave a talk at 3GSM about how he uses mobile phones and how they relate to his work…kind of like P. Diddy at CTIA but…

Marvel Mobile Site

Old superheroes never die, they just do a crossover and never find their way back…
Mforma — which has an exclusive licence for all mobile…

Mobile Morph

Morph — one of the first characters created by Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton 30 years ago — has made the jump to the m…

Virgin Mobile To Ink Mobile TV Deal With BT

The Virgin/BT mobile TV trial wasn’t seen as much of a success by many people but it was successful enough to get Virgin to sign up to launc…

UK Mobile TV Watchers Risk 1000 GBP Fine

Well, only if you’re only watching live TV on your mobile phone and not paying for the compulsory TV license fee in UK (which is used to fun…

Broadband Content Bits: Focus UK

Bunch of broadband content-related news coming out of UK:
— BBC TV Plus – The Apprentice Comes To Broadband: “The Apprentice” TV show has b…

Discovery In The UK

Discovery has launched Discovery Mobile in the UK, with content from the nine Discovery Channels covering science, nature, animals, technolo…

BBC Offers Basic Mobile Content

It seems funny that an entity which has already moved into mobile in a big way is now talking about wallpapers and ringtones, but that’s wha…

Laika & Small Planet Join Forces In Baltic

Laika Mobile and Small Planet have teamed up in Russia and the Baltic regions. At the beginning of the year “ownership of Jippii Mobile Ente…

ITN To Stream Video Through iO Global

UK news service ITN has signed a deal with mobile content distributor iO Global to provide “Worldwide News as well as Entertainment and Spor…

UK Content Regulator ICSTIS Gets New Chairman

ICSTIS, the UK body which regulates mobile content, will have a new chairman from June 1st 2006. Sir Alistair Graham (previously Chairman of…

Wal-Mart Germany to Launch MVNO

We missed this one earlier: Wal-Mart Germany is to launch an MVNO called “Mango Mobile” and will be available in all Wal-Mart stores in Germ…

Vodafone Wakes Up To Music Potential

UK operator Vodafone is to commit to a new live music sponsorship strategy with online at its heart, after appointing Dare as its first reta…

Battle of Comedy Portals: BBC vs Channel 4

An interesting little battle is breaking out in UK: rival comedy broadband portals are about to be launched by BBC and Channel 4. The BBC lo…

Initiative To Label “CoverTones”

Mobile content distributor DX3 has convinced the Mobile Entertainment Forum to support an initiative to “define a Realtone as ‘a ringtone th…

Channel 4 Pulls Plug on iTV In New Media Push

Is this a sign of things to come? UK’s commercial public service broadcaster Channel 4 has pulled the plug on its “red button” interactive T…

BSkyB Launches P2P Download & Mobile Service

News Corp-controlled BSkyB has launched a P2P film download service to its customers in UK. It launched its “Sky over Broadband” service, wh…

Mobile Users Switch On To Advanced Services

People are using the multimedia capabilities more and more…which is unsurprising considering far more people have multi-media capable phon…

UK 2005 Ringtone Chart

The Mobile Entertainment Forum has released the top-selling ringtones in the UK for 2005…I doubt anyone is surprised that the good old Cra…

Four Interested In Finnish Mobile TV License

Four companies (mobile operators Elisa and TeliaSonera, and service providers Telemast Nordic and Digita) have expressed an interest in appl…

Rok Scores Patent

ROK Player has scored a patent in the UK — with further patents pending in other countries — for its system of putting mobile content on m…

Germany Gets More Mobile TV

Vodafone Germany has launched five new TV channels, bringing the total available to 24. These are broadcast TV channels rather than a video…

EMI Launches Mobile Music Portal

Record label EMI has expanded its online music store The Raft to include mobile. “Mobile users can visit wap.the-raft.com or text ‘GO RAFT’…

Nano TV On Swisscom Mobile

Textually has written about start of a trial of NanoTV in Switzerland on Swisscom’s Mobile Replay TV platform. NanoTV is produced by AnyScre…

Virgin + NTL: The Weekend Papers

The weekend edition of UK papers had various points of view on the Virgin-NTL proposed deal (or the non-deal for now)
— Branson V Murdoch:…

Can ITV Makes Some New Friends?

In light of ITV’s $300 million buyout of UK community site Friends Reunited. There is something deeply comical about the spectacle of old-me…

Virgin Rejects NTL’s Buyout Offer

The valuation games start: Virgin Mobile has rebuffed $1.4 billion takeover bid from the UK cable group NTL. The board decided unanimously t…

UK Digital Video Firm Coull Gets Funding

Coull, a UK-based digital video editing and video blogging software, has closed a new round of funding. The round was led by Rupert Hambro &…

3 Ireland Launches Dual Download Music Service

3 Ireland has launched a dual download music service with tracks from EMI and Sony BMG. Songs downloaded to the mobile are also downloaded t…

Orange Launches Ringback Tones

UK operator Orange has launched ringback tones under the brand Calling Tunes. The tunes cost

Virgin Mobile & NTL In Merger Talks

Britain’s Virgin Mobile Holdings is in merger talks with UK cable operator NTL, reports Reuters. Virgin Mobile is majority-owned by British…

C4 Offers Hollyoaks Clips, Mobisodes On Demand

UK’s Channel 4 has created a series of mobile content based on popular teen-soap Hollyoaks, going beyond wallpapers and ringtones. Some thin…

Mobile Soap Opera Touted To Operators

Farringdon Road Films, a British independent film company, has announced plans for a new teenager-targeted mobile soap opera named Brick-it.…

ITV and 3 Announce 3G Mobile Content Partnership

UK broadcaster ITV and mobile operator 3 have announced “a far reaching output deal that delivers Britain’s most popular shows to mobile”.…

Music Video To Debut on Mobiles First

The video for the new single from singer James Blunt will get its global premiere on mobile phones in UK…Blunt, who shot to prominence wit…

Vodafone Releases First Mobile TV Figures

Vodafone has released the first customer usage figures for its mobile TV services which it offers with broadcaster Sky. Apparently users hav…

Vodafone and Sky To Invest More in Mobile TV

In UK, Vodafone’s mobile TV service has recorded 1 million streams (from about 341,000 Vodafone customers) of mobile channels in its first t…

Finland Opens Mobile TV Licensing Process

Finland has become the first European country to open a mobile TV license process…the license is for DVB-H mobile streaming Tv services an…

Vodafone In Deal With UMG For Music

Vodafone has done a deal with Universal Music Group to offer video and music tracks to download. It will include UMG roster including Eminem…

Increasing Demand Seen For Mobile TV

Another day, another survey on the popularity of mobile TV. This article is pitched in a positive “interest is rising” sort of a way, but wi…

UK is The Hotbed of Mobile Innovation

Can’t disagree with that… British companies and startups are leading European innovation in the mobile phone industry, taking over the cen…

sms2mail Makes Strides In Europe

AllisBlue is making some headway with its sms2mail platform… it’s signed a deal with Endemol Nederland to give customers access to the Big…

ITV Bids Big For Friends Reunited

Friends Reunited, the UK community site (much like U.S. site Classmates.com), which has been on the block for some time, might be bought out…

2005 MTV Europe Music Awards On Mobiles

MTV Networks and Warner Music Group will make content from the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards available to mobile users across Europe from Fri…

ITV Plans Acquisitions For Tech War Chest

UK broadcaster ITV has indicated it plans to make changes to take advantage of content and advertising sales over broadband and mobile TV, i…

ITV’s Local Broadband Experiment

A good story on ITV’s recently launched local broadband channels in UK…two weeks into the launch, the site is “pulling in tens of thousand…

Micro-Targeted MVNOs Launching in Europe

The MVNO market in Europe is splicing up further into smaller niches: among the recent launches: GayMobile, a gay-community focused MVNO lau…

Vodafone Mobile TV Launch Nears

According to this article Vodafone could announce a UK launch date for its mobile TV service in the coming week…which is a safe statement,…

Czechs To Get TV On Phone

Swiss content security firm Kudelski is teaming up with T-Mobile to deliver a DVB-H-based mobile TV service in the Czech Republic…T-Mobile…

WAP Well Used In UK

Here’s some interesting figures about WAP usage in the UK…”According to the BMRB Internet Monitor 49% of 20 – 24 year olds in the UK have…

O2 Germany Launches Music Service

German operator O2 Germany has launched a full-legth mobile music download store for its customers, in association with Loudeye and Nokia. I…

IPC Beefs Up Mobile Initiatives

UK magazine giant IPC, part of Time Warner, has signalled its intention to venture further into the mobile space by launching mobile market…

BSkyB Plans To Buy Into Broadband

No, this is not the hyper-busy Fox Interactive, but still part of News Corp: Uk satellite broadcaster BSkyB is planning to use up to 1 billi…

Canal Plus Launches Online VOD Service

French pay TV giant Canal Plus has launched CanalPlay, its online VOD service offering legal downloads of more than a 1,000 feature films, s…

Robbie Gets Truly Mobile In Concert

Robbie Williams launched his new album Intensive Care with a concert in Berlin, which was simulcast into 27 cinemas and nightclubs in 11 dif…

Rok Moves To Streaming TV

Rok — the company that sells video content on ‘Rok Player’ chips — has moved to offer streaming TV to mobile phones over the network…to…

Rai To Create Mobile TV Channel In Italy

Italian TV channel Rai and 3 Italia announced the launch of a new Rai channel.. it is accessible via 3 Italia’s UMTS videophones. The pilot…

Robbie Williams Handset Exclusive

Robbie Williams, German operators T-Mobile and Sony Ericsson have teamed up to launch a “Robbie Williams special edition W800i mobile phone”…

BSkyB’s Mobile Content Plans

This is from UK satellite giant BSkyB’s (part of News Corp) latest SEC filing in U.S….some interesting plans on mobile content downloads:…

NTL Close To Telewest Buy: WSJ

UK cable firm NTL is expected to announce a deal to acquire U.K. cable firm Telewest in a deal worth nearly $6 billion, reports WSJ…the de…

Mobile TV’s Business Case Yet To Be Proven

At the inaugural mobile TV show in London everyone in the industry seemed to have a different idea as to the best way to sell mobile TV to t…

EU Insists It Won’t Regulate the Internet

Following pressure from various groups, the European Union head office insisted Thursday that it had no plans to regulate the Internet as it…

T-Mobile’s Dodgy Approach To Mobile E-mail

This is appalling…according to the Register UK operator T-Mobile is selling e-mail handsets that can’t actually connect to e-mail…
T-Mob…

BSkyB to Launch Mobile TV Channels in UK

BSkyB, the satellite provider in UK, is planning to move to broadcast live TV channels on the mobiles, said Richard Freudenstein, COO of the…

Lost Clips to Debut Over Mobiles on 3

U.K. fans of the hit series Lost will soon be able to watch clips from the show on their mobile phones, thanks to an agreement between UK 3…

P2P VOD Service To Launch In Europe

Digital and on-demand media firm Ioko is set to launch a legal P2P VOD system, which it claims is the first service of its kind in Europe……

Channel 4 Extends Drama With Mobile Video

Last month Channel 4 in the UK indicated it was going to go into original mobile content in a big way, and this is an example of that. It’s…

Blockbuster Closes on VOD Launch in UK

Looks like Blockbuster will probably launch its online VOD service in UK, earlier than even in parent country U.S…the company demonstrated…

Friends Reunited Keep Hoping on Sale

Friends Reunited, the UK-based online community website, which has been on sale for some time now, is still n close to any decision, though…

Monstermob To Launch Mobile Music Jukebox

See the earnings report for the UK mobile content player, announced today…also in the earnings, it announced that it is looking forward to…

Mobile TV Turned On In Europe

Mobile TV is the talk of the town, and everybody wants a piece of the action, or at least that people know they want to play in the game. Mo…

Google Films SMS Service Launches In UK

Google has launched a new information service in UK, which allow users in the U.K. to quickly and easily find film showtimes in their local…

Mobile Music Still The Drawcard

Despite a shift in the focus from mobile music to mobile video operators are still signing up labels to sell their music, and trumpeting exc…

BT to Bid For Premier League, For IPTV

UK’s telecom giant BT is to challenge BSkyB by bidding for the rights to televise Premier League football when the current contract expires…

BT Plans Mobile Content Portal

UK telco BT is planning a mobile content portal to compete with operator portals such as Vodafone Live and integrate with its broadband and…

O2 UK’s i-Mode Rev Share: 86 Percent

This should be some good news for content providers: O2, the mobile operator in UK, which is on track to launch the i-mode service across th…

BBC Offers Nighty Night to Mobiles

In UK, the BBC is to follow a successful mobile content download trial earlier in 2005 with a full preview service for BBC Three’s award-win…

Sony’s Mobile Synergy Through The Chain

Sony’s various units working in synergy…like, wow. Sony Ericsson is working with Sony BMG, the record label, to provide Orange with exclus…

Telegraaf Goes Off-Portal In Netherlands

In The Netherlands, newspaper Telegraaf is closing its Vodafone Live offer, and going off-portal. It is launching an operator-independent “m…

Sun to Power T-Mobile Mobile Content Portal

Sun will be supporting T-Mobile with its next-generation service portal in Europe, the companies announced. T-Mobile subscribers will be abl…

Mobile TV: The Issues

A good overview story of the issues in the mobile TV/video market: Which of at least five delivery methods, ranging from cellular technology…

Messaging Win For Mobile Bloggers

Even simple mobile content services can be tricky…UK operator O2 raised the ire of mobile bloggers when it changed the method it used to s…

Scandinavian Mobile Music Portal Launched

Brightpoint Sweden and InProdicon have joined forces to launch a website (mediamilkshake)to sell polyphonic ringtones and mastertones as wel…

3 Sells Mobile Music Tracks From EMI

3 UK has signed a deal with EMI Music UK to sell some of its music catalogue to 3’s customers base. “3 customers will be able to download so…

Spongebob Squarepants Episodes On Mobiles

Two hours of full-length, full-screen episodes of Spongebob Squarepants have been put onto memory cards to be sold by Rok Player for

Premium TV’s Aggregation Play

Another broadband content aggregation player has arrived in UK: The new offering, from digital rights company Premium TV, includes content f…

Calls To Regulate Ringtone Sales in Ireland

From U.K., this has spread to Ireland: The Irish politician, Michael Finneran TD has called for rules to be put in place on ringtone adverts…

Thrill Noir — Underground Mobile Content

The title’s perhaps a little dramatic, but it suits the subject matter…Textually linked to a comic produced for mobiles — Thrill Noir –…

Panasonic Launches Music Store in UK

Panasonic is trying to do an Apple: it has tied up with digital music provider Loudeye to launch a music store in UK, to coincide with the r…

Mobile TV Service On Way From Vodafone

(reg. req.) Vodafone will launch its mobile phone TV in UK in time for Christmas to try and attract more British customers on to its 3G serv…

ROK Scores Nokia Distribution Deal

ROK Player — which sells content on memory cards — has signed a deal for its cards to be sold in 14 Nokia stores across the UK. The initia…

Nokia Adds Handset-Made Films To Competition

Since mobile phones are increasingly sophisticated in terms of mobile video, Nokia has added a new category to its 15-second short film comp…

UK Gets Audio Download Rival

Two former Capital Radio executives are launching an audio download store in UK, a month after U.S.-based Audible formally entered into the…

Volantis Works With O2 Ahead Of i-Mode UK Launch

Mobile content firm Volantis has launched a new service for publishers to deploy content on O2’s upcoming i-Mode service…”The “i-mode Expr…

UK’s Sun Featuring Video News

The first newspaper site in UK to do so…it will feature daily video news bulletins on its website, with updates four times every weekday,…

Mobile Banking Service Launches In UK

IT firm Morse has partnered with cash machine network the Link to launch a mobile banking service across the UK. MobileATM is designed to re…

UK Telcos Get Tougher

UK operators have introduced “the most prescriptive regulations to date on mobile content services in a final attempt to crack down on the o…

Russian Mobile Networks Seek Extras

Although mobile subscriber numbers in Russia continue to rise the average revenue per user continues to fall — in some cases falling 22% si…

Rumors of iTunes Debut In UK

This is getting a little tedious, but still…a press release published in a British newspaper has claimed that “Motorola will launch its iT…

Microsoft to Launch Phones in France

This is one of those “yeah-we’ll-work-together-great” deals: Microsoft announced on Wednesday an agreement with France Telecom to develop mu…

Site Relaunches in UK

Couple of notable site relaunches in UK:
— NTL updates portal with more ad space: Cable and broadband provider NTL has relaunched its main…

Mobile TV Pilot To Launch in Spain

Telefonica Moviles Espana, the Spanish mobile operator, is launching a DVB-H mobile TV pilot in Spain, in association with Abertis Telecom a…

Guardian To Launch Its Crossword on Mobile

Guardian Unlimited is to launch an interactive mobile crossword game at the end of July, backed by an integrated marketing campaign. Players…

Online & Mobile Music Royalties Challenged

The music industry just doesn’t seem to get it…the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) and the Performing Right Society (PRS) i…

Vodafone To Use Microsoft Messaging

(sub. req.) Vodafone has teamed up with Microsoft to let the 165 million users of Microsoft’s MSN IM service exchange messages with people u…

Mobile Users Avoid Mobile Content

Telcos across Europe are finding people are spending around half as much on mobile phone services as they were several years ago. Of course,…

Mobile TV Snags in U.K. and U.S.

A couple of stories outlining some issues with mobile television…
— BW: In U.S., TV spectrum is a big issue. As current broadcasters go a…

Bango IPO's in London

Bango, the UK-based mobile content solutions provider and aggregator, has completed its IPO on London’s AIM market. It raised an initial

Reuters Takes Direct Action

An analysis of Reuters’ efforts to develop a direct media brand, (from a UK perspective) an effort we’ve been documenting here in much detai…

@ MEM: The Europe Vs U.S. Divide: A Myth?

Well, the Europe vs U.S. divide is a truism many in the industry swear by. The thinking goes: Europe, because of high mobile penetration, ha…

Audible's UK Launch

Audible, the spoken word downloadable company, launched its UK site today, amidst much fanfare. I was at the evening party at a bar near Bon…

3G Degrees

Coventry University in the UK is experimenting with sending lectures to student’s 3G phones. “Lessons are filmed using digital cameras, edit…

Bango Ready For IPO

Bango, the UK-based mobile content and billing firm, is doing its IPO later this month on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). It l…

O2 Sponsors Stadium To Secure Content

When The Register reported this a couple of weeks ago they emphasised the fact that 02 was axing 500 jobs while spending

Orange Holds to DVB-H Despite 3G TV Launch

It probably will never be an either-or situation: ask Qualcomm, which is clearly pushing a joint MediaFlo-operator strategy for streaming mo…

Melodeo To Offer EMI Songs To Mobiles

Melodeo has signed a deal with EMI to ” make 200,000 full music track downloads available to mobile phone users in Europe”. The deal increas…

MobiTV Expands to Europe with Orange UK Launch

MobiTV and Orange have launched the mobile TV service in the UK that was foreshadowed last week. The launch marks the first multi-channel mo…

Endemol’s Mobile TV Push

Endemol, the production company behind Big Brother, has embarked on a strategy to develop a range of standalone mobile video formats.It has…

National Geographic Mobilizes In Eastern Europe

National Geographic has inked a deal with Mobitel to distribute National Geographic content through mobile providers in Croatia, Slovenia, S…

UK Enters Mobile TV Fray With NTL-O2 Trial

NTL and O2 have unveiled details of a six-month mobile TV trial in the UK, which will include content from Turner, Discovery and BSkyB. The…

Mobile TV Trials in UK

This summer, 500 specially chosen Oxfordshire residents in UK will be given the ability to view their favorite shows on their mobile phones…

BBC Versus The Mobile Operators

You’ve read a lot (here and everywhere else) about BBC’s online/interactive efforts and its effects on the general state on UK’s online indu…

Sat-nav Looks To Smart Ideas

There’s more to location-based apps than merely telling you the address of the closest restaurent — at least, that’s what the folks behind…

Reuters Expands Mobile News in UK and US

Reuters has launched a mobile news service offering global news stories to mobile users in the UK and the US, as the news service aims expan…

BBC Unveils Five-Year Mobile Strategy

The BBC has finalized its five-year strategy for mobile…it is centred around mobile browsing, establishing the mobile version of bbc.co.uk…

Hollyoaks Joins Mobile Content

Mobile media content provider 2dayuk has announced it has completed a deal with Hollyoaks’ production company Mersey Television to manage co…

Vodafone Adds New TV Channels

Vodafone has added eight new channels to its Mobile TV program in Germany, since “mobile phone TV is now one of Vodafone’s most popular info…

Friday-Ad Goes Mobile, Licences Tech

British classified ad specialist Friday-Ad has created a WAP site to mirror its online services. Particularly interesting is the fact that “…

MTV Signs Virgin Mobile Sponsor Deal

Virgin Mobile has signed a one-year 450,000 pound deal with MTV UK for branded credits throughout the show, and a new content area on the MT…

Nokia Launches Handset TV Project

Nokia has launched a pilot project enabling cell phone users to watch TV broadcasts on their handsets in the Helsinki region. Besides Finnis…

The First KISS of Visual Radio

Kiss FM, the first visual radio station has launched in Finland. “Kiss FM Visual Radio provides visual information on the song and artist cu…

OMA Denies Mobile DRM Pricing Claims

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) has denied that it is responsible for setting the $1 per device charge for digital rights management on mobil…

Tough rules for UK ringtone sellers

In response to a trend by ringtone companies late last year to subscribe people to a service that sends several ringtones a week or month ra…

London Symphony Orchestra Launches Ringtones

The London Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1904, has become the first orchestra to record and sell ringtones, on LSORingtones.co.uk. The orc…

ITN and 02 roll out 3G content services

ITN has signed a deal with O2 to provide access to ITN’s “680,000-hour archive of material including original Pathe News reels, Channel 4 Ne…

Yahoo Expands Mobile Services In Europe

Yahoo is slowly ramping up its mobile service in UK and Europe: it has tied up with mobile messaging firm Mobile 365 and backend company Qpa…

FT To Launch Ad-Auuported Mobile Content

The Financial Times is to embark on a new advertiser-funded model for its mobile content services, reports NMA. The company has also begun p…

What Does Vodafone Know About Selling Music?

That’s is the big question, among the multitude of players in the mobile music market. Will operators be the brand selling music, or should…

New 24 series goes mobile in UK

So 24 on mobiles has been launched in UK…fans of the show can sign up for 24: Conspiracy, a series of specially shot 60-second mini-episod…

UK to Tax TV Phones?

In UK, the TV licensing authority is looking to charge mobile handset owners if their phone can receive live TV broadcasts…As the law stan…

Virgin to Offer “Visual Radio”

So someone’s finally signing on to Nokia’s “Visual Radio” project….Virgin Radio will launch the interactive mobile radio service in UK thi…

Full Length Film on Vodafone 3G Mobiles

Vodafone in Germany will offer a full-length movie to its 3G customers for free. Even more impressive, it’s being broadcast on the network a…

Monstermob vows to beat profit forecasts

Monstermob, the mobile phone ringtone and content provider, is set to trump current full-year profit forecasts after issuing a bullish tradi…

SMS Innovations for Newspaper crosswords

A Swedish newspaper group has come up with a way to make money out of crosswords. After the crossword is solved a code is revealed which rea…

UK Regulator Proposes Content Labelling

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has proposed a cross-platform working group of major broadcasters, ISPs and mobile phone operators to i…

Fast Forward To New-Style TV

A good overview of the VOD market in UK…UK cable operators NTL and Telewest say they will launch VOD in 2005 and BT is testing a VOD produ…

Robbie’s Song To Be Debuted on Mobile

UK’s 3G operator 3 has signed a deal with EMI which will see Robbie Williams’ forthcoming Misunderstood video being offered to its subscribe…

Cell Phones Increasingly Used to Snap the News

Now that there are so many mobile phones with cameras news images are increasingly being generated by amateurs. A Dutch newspaper ran a pict…

Mobile TV Channel in Netherlands

Media Republic, creator of the what it calls the “world’s first mobile soap” Jong Zuid, will soon start a mobile TV channel in The Netherlan…

Ringtone Chart TV Show

In UK, ITV is broadcasting a weekly chart show in the UK featuring both the rintone and download charts. Sponsored by Orange, the show incl…

European VOD and DVR Predictions

The Yankee Group has come out with some new research numbers on the European VOD and DVR market:
— VOD revenues will increase fivefold to…

Mobile Music is Hot

A report on a European workshop titles “Business Models for Mobile Music and DRM”…The workshop provided some interesting insights into the…

UK’s Mobile Content Roundup…Oct Last Week

— 3 ‘chavs up’ its advertising: (reg. req.): Mobile phone group 3 is tapping into the “chav” phenomenon, modifying its current advertising…

Car Unlocks Via SMS, Downloads MP3s

Some Italian design college students have developed a car which can be unlocked via SMS text message, displays PC screens on its windows and…

DoCoMo in talks on i-mode UK launch

NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, is in negotiations with Dutch telecoms firm KPN and Britain’s mmO2 over introducing its i-mode…

Research on Personalized Video Started in EU

The European Union has launched a new $9.5 million project titled “New Media for a New Millennium” (NM2), in an effort to develop production…

Interactive TV Show Europe Conference Report

A great overview of the interactive TV market in Europe, the technologies and innovations in the market etc…
Tony Werner, CTO of Liberty M…

Jamba Acquisition Boost VeriSign’s Results

VeriSign, which acquired German mobile content provider Jamba in June, has posted suprisingly good results, mainly due to Jamba’s revenues..…

Mobile Operators ClassifyAdult Content

The UK mobile phone operators, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and 3, have formed a new independent body to oversee the self-c…

Orange opens up ringback tones to brands

In UK, Brands and media companies will be able to make their first inroads into the predicted 440 m GBP ringback tone market from early 2005…

Siemens’ Media Ambitions

Well, now that Siemens has bought out BBC Technology, it is moving fast…the company wants to use the acquisition as a springboard into the…

Hoover’s Reopens European Front

Financial services and analysis company Hoover’s Online has relaunched its UK website, after a cash boost from its new owners D&B, with a vi…

Soap On A Phone

A profile of the mobile soap opera FanTESStic, by Endemol in UK…also, other such mobile video and TV convergence projects on in UK, such a…

Voice is Still King – Even For Hutchison

That’s according to EMC World Cellular Data Metrics…some myth-busting going on here. Overall, 3 subscribers are spending more than six ti…

BT Tuning Up The Booth

In UK, BT has been selling ringtones and mobile games through the venerable and doomed red phone booth…now it may go into full song downlo…

SMS Key Future Revenue For Yahoo

The newly appointed President of Yahoo Europe saidthat mobile services will be a key revenue driver…Chappaz told Reuters that he views the…

Ringback Tones Big

A nice primer on rignback tones on phones, and how they’re alreayd big in Asia and increasingly in Europe… Vodafone Italy signed up 570,00…

Yell.com goes mobile

UK yellow pages company Yell has launched a new mobile service giving users access to Yell.com’s business information on shops from their mo…

O2 kills time with WAP portal

UK operator O2 has partnered with digital media firm Buongiorno to provide its customers with a mobile Internet service, aimed at providing…

Sony StreamMan and Outsourcing Music

Every operator is developing a mobile music strategy, but how many will be prepared to outsource — and where does Sony StreamMan lie in the…

MmO2 mulls over i-mode technology

UK mobile phone operator mmO2 is considering adopting the i-mode technology standard that has attracted more than 40m users across Japan wit…

Orange tunes into UK charts every Sunday

Orange is to become the first UK network to launch mobile interactive radio across the UK. The service, will be the “Woolworth’s hit40uk,” a…

Barclays Take Stake in MonsterMob

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay, the new owners of the Telegraph Group, have spent 1.72m GBP taking a 7.55 per cent stake in MonsterMob,…

New Fee For Internet-Capable PCs In Germany

Well, more proof that PC may be replacing TV (don’t be alarmed by the license fee on TV..it is very common in UK and Europe)…From April 20…

Comedy clips on your mobile

In UK, Zoo42 Productions is a offering new service called Funnybone that allows you to download comedy content straight to your mobile phone…

Jamba In A Stew

Ringtone company Jamba has had its service turned off in Denmark following consumer complaints…The complaints stem from TV ads that give t…

Ringtone titles censored

This is probably a first: In UK, a ringtone company has been forced to change adverts for its products by the Advertising Standards Authorit…

Norwegian operators push premium SMS

Premium SMS is flourishing in Norway..here’s why…Realising that a mobile operator’s role is not that of a content provider, Telenor invite…

How about a Kwickee?

Everyone wants to be the eBay of mobile content…in UK, Kwickee thinks it can. They’ve dubbed it “mobile information exchange”. Most of the…

German Coffee Maker Launches MVNO

Everyone wants a phone service! Tchibo Mobilfunk, a new 50/50 joint venture company between O2 Germany and German coffee maker Tchibo, opens…

NTL Tunes In To VOD

In UK, cable telco NTL as signalled its intention to begin offering VOD services from next year. Details are still sketchy, but a region-by…

Big Media Makes Mobile Java Move

Some of the UK’s biggest media companies are getting ready to stake their claim to the mobile handset with branded downloadable mobile Java…

MOBO Awards get mobile

The MOBOs, Europe’s biggest urban music awards, is offering updates of the ceremony via SMS combined with mobile phone ringtones for the fir…

Orange joins forces with Star Wars

UK mobile network operator Orange has partnered with Lucasfilm, creator of the Star Wars films, to bring content from the hugely popular sci…

Virgin Radio To Launch Visual Radio In UK

Well, Nokia has finally convinced a second station to carry its visual radio interactive-radio-through-mobiles technology. Virgin Radio aim…

Next-Generation TV Streams Over Phone Lines

Well, a general story on IP-delivered TV…focused on UK. “The telcos’ agenda with TV and video is different from the one they had ten years…

Chrysalis Unveils Music2mobile Brand

UK media group Chrysalis Radio has launched its music2mobile range of branded content for mobile phones.
Music2mobile content will be availa…

Disney Readies Mobile Service For Europe

Disney expects to launch a mobile content download service in Spain “in the next few days,” said Atilla Gazdag, the European managing direct…

U.K. Companies Package Wireless Content

Action Engine, a London-based developer, will launch Brand-n-Go, a package of nine mobile content brands, next month. The applications inclu…

Screen Dreams In VOD, But Profits?

A long story about online VOD in Europe…the MLB.tv online service for expatriates, T-Online’s service in Germany, Italy’s e.Biscom movie/v…

Audible To Launch French Service

Audible, the online/downloadable audio service, will launch a French language site in December, in association with France Loisirs, a wholly…

Nokia pulls out, Sony Ericsson goes in

A day after the news that FT.com has tied up with Sony Ericsson, comes the news that Nokia is rolling back its own portal, Club Nokia…the…

London Portal Gumtree Goes Overseas

The Gumtree is to London what Craigslist is to SF and increasingly the rest of U.S…I used it to find my flat in London when I was living t…

The Ringtone Royalties Mess in UK

Well, you read about the ringtone royalties mess in U.S. on the front page of WSJ a few days ago…now here’s a description of the UK market…

CinemaElectric’s Deals in Europe

CinemaElectric, the mobile video content provider, has expanded the distribution network for its multimedia content in France, Hungary and C…

3 adds value to video content

UK’s mobile network operator 3 has launched of a new add-on called “Video Value”, which allows customers to download as many videos clips as…

ntl and O2 to trial TV to mobiles

The first ever UK user trial a multi-channel TV to mobile phones is set to launch in spring next year. The usability trial is being conducte…

T-Mobile tests a Flarion network in Europe

T-Mobile has started the Continent’s first trial of a high-speed wireless Internet service that uses Flash OFDM technology…It could threat…

Pink Panther Gets Mobile Promo

MGM has inked a licensing deal with digital marketing firm Buongiorno Vitaminic to distribute “Pink Panther” and “Inspector Clouseau” mobil…

ITouch Posts A Profit

UK/European mobile content group ITouch has seen its turnover increase by more that 30 percent since this time last year…the company’s res…

Mean Fiddler Launches Mobile Music Service

In UK, that is…The live music operator Mean Fiddler has tied up with mobile music recognition company Shazam Entertainment to launch a mob…

SMS Interaction With Magazines

Some interesting SMS magazine community building efforts in UK…teen magazine Mizz will be launching a new range of SMS services for reader…

Pub Rock Download Bubble Beckons

Interesting point…seems like it will happen in UK first, before anywhere else…”What is fascinating about this market, is that local bars…

OPA Europe Makes Changes

OPA Europe, the European online publishers assocation, which in a year of its existence hasn;t really done anything, is doing something now:…

Ringtone Concert In Estonia

Love this… the Go Live! concert at the Tallinn Song Festival in Estonia has a ringtone concert planned…sorta. On Sep 4th, the group The…

Music Sales on the Web to Hit Jackpot

Well, in Europe. Selling songs over the Internet in Western Europe will explode to a 3.5 billion euros a year market by 2009, according to F…

3 makes a deal with Emap

UK operator 3’s hasmade a deal with Emap…that means customers can download ringtones and pictures from Emap’s most popular titles. Brands…

Comedy Club Starts Joke SMS Service

UK comedy club chain Jongleurs is teaming up with European mobile marketing company MindMatics to launch the comedy club’s first SMS subscri…

BT Streams Business News Footage To Mobiles

I mentioned the CNBC Europe’s mobile deal last month…some more details on it. BT has extended its mobile video service trial with Newmedia…

New French Mobile Service Aimed At Youth

Bouygues Telecom and Vivendi Universal have launched a new mobile phone service for younger customers… services include personalized ringt…

Siemens May Take M2Y Independent

New Media Age (reprinted on Forbes.com), for some reason, thinks that Siemens’ Music2You (M2Y) division is a new one…it was formed in fal…

Pop Singles Spin Back To Life In Digital Era

In UK, that is…Predictions of “the death” of the pop single were confounded yesterday when the UK music industry reported the first increa…

Ringtone chartshow to air on British TV

Orange, France Telecom’s mobile arm, and Endemol, the TV company behind Big Brother, have teamed together to launch Orange Playlist, which w…

TV Project Aims To Kick-Start 3G

An ambitious project is under way to find a way to send TV broadcast signals to mobiles by 2010.
Dubbed Instinct, (IP-based Networks, Servi…

Mforma Looks At Euro Growth After Cash Haul

Wireless content provider Mforma is planning European expansion from its Cambridge base following the first closing of a $40m second round f…

Three O’clock’s Video Magazines

Three O’clock, a London-based mobile entertainment company, has launched a video magazine service for mobile phones. Subscribers can gain fr…

O2 reports MMS success for BBC show

UK operator O2 has reported a positive response to its MMS product for the BBC1 Saturday night show, Johnny and Denise.
The mobile operator…

Europe needs unity in setting e-money rules

“Legislation must be tailored to the specific challenges facing the mobile telecoms industry. European lawmakers risk destroying the mobile…

Shooting to TV stardom

Next month the UK breakfast TV station GMTV will become the latest broadcaster to enable viewers with camera phones to interact directly wit…

European Download Services Go Mobile

O2 Music, the music arm of U.K.-based international telecom operator mmO2, has started offering songs for download in Germany and the United…

O2 Launches Mobile Music Device In Ireland

UK telco O2 has launched its mobile music device and service in Ireland…O2 Ireland has partnered with Warner music, AIM, Universal and BMG…

Super Smart Ringtone-Album Sales Figures

“Panda Babies”, one of the first ringtone album worldwide, claims to have beaten the records (Why? Where are the comparitive figures if it…

Future Publishing shakes up web operations

In UK, publisher Future Publishing is beefing up its approach to new media by appointing a new media chief, a head of strategy and a head of…

Brits overdosing on new media

Gotta love the headline…According to The Communication Market 2004 , a ground-breaking report prepared by UK’s media regulator Ofcom, foun…

BT Wants To Be a New Media Pioneer

(reg. req.): UK telecom giant BT wants to be a new media pioneer…these days, the once-staid company is gaining plaudits for its new media…

Swisscom Licenses Click&Buy in Switzerland

Bluewin, a subsidiary of Switzerland’s largest telco Swisscom Fixnet, and Webpay International, the parent company of the German micropaymen…

Official Queen Download Store Launches

Queen, has launched its official music download store…more accurately, EMI has launched Queen’s store, in association with 7 Digital Media…

Wanadoo Plans Online TV Launch in UK

(reg. req.): Wanadoo, the UK’s biggest ISP (owned by France Telecom), is planning to launch a new online VOD service next year and is set to…

Sky UK To Revamp Web, iTV Activity

UK TV network Sky is preparing for an overhaul of its Sky Active interactive TV portal and is planning to expand its online activities, maki…

Coca Cola Expands Music Service In Europe

Coca Cola, which operates the MyCokeMusic online music download service in UK, believes it is doing great with the service and is planning t…

Spanish Online Newspaper Models, Revisited

Vin Crosbie has an update on the three largest Spanish newspapers and how all three of them are chossing different models in developing reve…

Guardian’s MediaGuardian 100

(reg. req.) The Guardian’s media section MediaGuardian has released it annual list of 100 most powerful people in the media business, focuse…

BT Plans TV Service Over IP, Against BSkyB

UK telco major BT is preparing to go head-to-head with BSkyB with plans to offer a TV service over a broadband network. It would mark the co…

Interactive Digital TV in Europe: A Report

() I do not necessarily cover interactive TV on this site, but hey, this is a complimentary report, so why not?
This report investigates the…

Official European Downloading Day Proposed

French Minister of Culture and Communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, hopes to convince other European countries to set up an official E…

HMV Plans Online Music Expansion

In UK, that is…Acquisitions and strategic alliances are among options under consideration by the owner of the HMV and Waterstone’s chains.

UK’s Official Downloads Chart Launches

UK’s first legal music downloads chart will be launched on 1 September, the Official Charts Company (OCC) said. The chart will be drawn from…

Sky Plans Internet on TV

If that sounds very 1997, well, so it is…though it does make sense, whichver side of the pond you’re on. In UK, customers of Sky’s propose…

Virgin May Launch Music Service in August

Virgin Digital, Richard Branson’s move on the digital music market, will launch in the UK next September, a month after the service’s US de…

Will Loudeye Be Loud Enough?

Loudeye’s ambitions are to be admired, especially after it came out of whole storage and encoding morass, a field littered with dead compani…

Realtones For 4.00 Each?

The Guardian UK, which has tied up with EMI to offer song downloads from the Glastonbury festival for 99p, is also offering ringtones…um,…

OD2 Announcement Expected Today

Even IHT is saying that a partnership, or even an outright sale, could be announced as soon as Monday. Is it MSN? Or BT? Or someone else? Yo…

Coke Music Site Goes After iTunes

UK music site Mycokemusic.com is defending its claim to be Europe’s biggest online store in the wake of the splashy debut of Apple’s iTunes…

EU to Approve Sony, BMG Merger

EU antitrust chief has decided to approve a merger between Sony Music and Bertelsmann AG’s BMG music business after deciding it didn’t have…

OD2 Postpones Announcement To Monday

OD2 has postponed the announcement till Monday…still no indication of what the announcement is going to be about. See the post below…

OD2 Sale Announcement Today?

(sub. req.) OD2, Europe’s biggest online music distribution company, is set to make an announcement today, and this DJ Newswires story wonde…

Teletext To Close Website; Axe 45

Teletext, an institution in UK which most U.S. people won’t understand (think of it as yellow pages and CNN Headline News with no graphics,…

EasyGroup’s Music Plans

EasyGroup, the holding company of no-frills British airline easyJet, announced plans to launch an online music store that allowed customers…

Upload Video From Net To TV in Amsterdam

This is a very interesting project going on in Amsterdam…Outloud is a software program which allows user to upload their video clips throu…

99p Too Pricey For Most

In UK, that is…the 99p music download price may be too much for UK consumers, according to this Macworld poll…
Of 1,276 respondees 20 pe…

OD2 Pips Apple To Announcement Post

European digital music operator OD2 has announced its own special event the day before Apple’s music announcement. This builds up more antic…

Online Music Piracy Falls 27%

New figures compiled by the International Federation for the Phonographic Industry, the industry association representing record labels, sho…

Broadband Oustrips Digital TV in UK

(reg. req.): More UK households now hook up to the internet using broadband connections than choose to watch free-to-air digital TV, accordi…

Half Million Digital Songs Sold in UK

More than half a million digital downloads have been sold in the UK so far this year, buoyed by the launch of heavily promoted services from…

Universal E-content Label For UK

UK telco/new media regulator Ofcom wants to “challenge” the UK’s communications industry to devise a universal content labelling scheme that…

Broadband Catching Up On TV

Broadband internet use has become the second most popular entertainment medium in the UK – and is catching up with TV…The research reveale…

Investing in European Digital Content

A report on EU’s new eContentplus program: eContentplus may provide an attractive alternative to private seed or venture capital for start-u…

Broadband Killed the TV Star

European TV broadcasters are losing viewers to the Web, a medium they must embrace as broadband roll out presses on. That’s according to UK-…

Europe Seizes Lead In On-The-Go TV

Europe’s homegrown specification for mobile digital video broadcast, DVB-H (for “handheld”), is already in field trials, and commercial serv…

Online Music For Charity

You’ll probably see this becoming bigger in the years to come: digital music for charity. British charity Oxfam has tied up with European d…

Napster: Don’t Believe The Hype

An opinion article following Napster’s launch in UK…”First sight of the new Napster has experts rather disappointed, chiefly because the g…

EU May Nix Separate Music Licensing Pacts

(sub. req.): The European Union is reportedly considering eliminating one of the main obstacles to digital downloads on the continent — sep…

Bertelsmann Settles AOL Europe Dispute

(sub. req.): Bertelsmann has agreed to pay two former employees a total of Euro 160 million, or $192 million, to settle claims tied to the s…

MusicNet Opens UK Office, Eyes Europe

MusicNet, the online music service, has kick-started its expansion into Europe with the opening of offices in the UK.
MusicNet’s senior dire…

ITV UK Plans To Offer Shows Online

Classic episodes of UK TV channel ITV’s show The Bill are to be screened over the internet in a pay-per-view TV experiment, with Baywatch to…

Little Impact Seen On Media Players

From the EU ruling against Microsoft…analysts predict the commission’s ruling will have little practical impact in the market for software…

UK Festival Firm Plans Download Site

A rather curious move by UK music promotion group Mean Fiddler, which runs the Reading and Leeds festivals. The London-based firm said it ha…

MP3 Surround Sound System Debuts

The Fraunhofer Institute in Germany has found a way to reproduce surround sound in a way that works with small MP3 files…the system it dev…

Freeserve UK Offers 50p Downloads

Technically speaking, that is. The UK broadband ISP has launched a promotional offer for members of its Music Club online music service…fo…

Yep, Euro Music Market is Big

And yet, we’re sitting on our backsides doing nothing…that’s the gist of a new Strategy Analytics report. And yes, we all know this alread…

BT Launches Broadband Video Service

In conjunction with other broadband related launches, UK telecom giant BT rolled out its “BT Rich Media” product, designed to provide tools…

Free Digitizing For Record-Labels

A new UK-born music service has been announced by the Association of Independent Music (AIM). Dubbed The Music Engine, the service offers to…

Opera IPO Opens on High Note

Opera, the Norway-based browser maker, made its debut on the Oslo Stock Exchange on Thursday, with shares rising throughout the day.

MusicPay Your Way

Had to happen sooner than later…a dedicated digital music payment provider. Not that a separate player is necessarily needed, but then, if…

George Michael Retires To The Internet?

Well, kinda. He’s retiring, and said he will never make another album for sale in record shops because he does not need the cash and does no…

More Details on Virgin’s Music Service

Guardian has more details on Virgin’s upcoming online music service: Virgin will put special consoles in its record stores around the world,…

EU Backs Tighter Rules On Piracy

The European Parliament has passed an anti-piracy law, covering everything from handbags to music downloads. A late amendment limited the ci…

Virgin To Launch Music Service in US, UK

(sub. req.): Virgin Group is getting into the online music space, with launches scheduled in US and UK by late summer, with other countries…

Online Publishing in UK: A Report

(): A nice collection of stories, in a PDF report, on the current state of UK’s online publishing sector. Stories on trends towards charging…

Broadband Tipped to Relight Dot-com Dreams

In a new report on the impact and potential of broadband, Ian Pearson, a British futurologist argues that the dot-com boom failed partly bec…

Napster To Be in UK By Summer

Coming Soon: This according to a story in FT, reporting ahead of Roxio CEO Chris Gorog’s spech today at FT New Media Conference in London……

Hear it, Buy it, Burn it

In a novel move surely to be copied soon by others, GWR Group, a UK radio station group, will on Monday unveil a service that allows listene…

Second Issue of EDMW

The second issue of EDMW is out now…in it, a list of venture capital deals in the region for 2003…and tons of news.
Download the PDF of…

New

The European Commission has launched a new project to develop digital content in the region, called eContentPlus. The new

Announcing: European Digital Media Weekly

I am launching “European Digital Media Weekly”, a spinoff from paidContent.org. The weekly e-mail newsletter will cover news and issues rela…

Brits Need Better Broadband Content

Which, of course, is undeniable, but please let the private sector do it…And oh, while we’re at it, we need better Tube system in London,…

Download Sales in UK Crawling Up

Legal music downloads outsold some of their physical counterparts for the first time in January 2004, according to figures released today by…

French Say Oui to DSL TV

France is shaping up to be the center of Europe’s TV-over-DSL developments, with three service providers battling to bring the service to ma…

Itunes May Win in Europe; So Will ISPs

So think Forrester Research, in a note. Portals–the likes of MSN and tiscali, who have a tie-up with Peter Gabriel’s OD2–will take an earl…

Danish Micropayments Vendor Closes Shop

Coinclick, a major player in the Danish market for micropayments, has decided to close its operations. Coinclick was backed by Danske Bank (…

CNBC Europe To Be Streamed in Full, Online

CNBC Europe has launched it premium broadband streaming service, enabling viewers to subscribe to the live feed online…only European resid…

Is 2004 the Year for UK Online Publishers?

UK online publishers show optimism for 2004, according to a latest member survey by AOP…the survey results, though thin on numbers, show a…

So Who Will Tesco Go With?

Tesco, UK’s biggest retailer, is in talks with both OD2 and the newly launched Cable & Wireless digital music service for the launch of its…

Coke Music Site Comes Out Flat

Coca-Cola’s new music site, launched yesterday, has been down since the launch, due to technical glitches…
Even when the site was up and r…

Coke’s Music Site To Launch Monday

Coca-Cola has announced that it will open its an online music store on Monday, offering more than 250,000 downloadable tracks to British mu…

Napster Tunes Up For European Launch

Napster has appointed its first European executive ahead of its launch in Europe…Leanne Sharman, the former head of sales and marketing at…

Telenor Partners for IP TV

TV 2 Interaktiv and Telenor Norway have entered into an agreement for direct video streaming, storing, payment solutions and distribution of…

ABC UK Tests Value of Digital Editions

The Audit Bureau of Circulation in UK has taken a step towards including digital versions of magazines and newspapers in headline sales figu…

AOP UK and IAB UK Form Partnership

OK, so it has happened, despite some differences over agendas of the two organizations in UK…the UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP)…

T-Online To Acquire Scout24

T-Online International has bought out Scout24, a European online media network, from Beisheim Holding Schweiz, a Swiss private equity compan…

Right Time for The E-Mail

It would be easy to write off the bosses of the UK’s Daily Mail as a bunch of laggards following the news that it will launch its first onli…

Daily Mail Finally Embraces The Internet

UK newspaper Daily Mail is finally ready to take the plunge and launch a web version of the paper…parent company Associated Newspapers’ ma…

Broadband for Joe

The launch this week of UK ISP’s NTL’s 15-channel package may turn broadband into a consumer must-have…high hopes….
ZDNet: Although ther…

NTL’s Broadband Plus Offering launched

UK broadband provider NTL will be launching a premium content offering for its subscribers.
After a three month free trial, the service, whi…

European Download Blues

(sub. req.): Commercial music-download services in Europe are being stymied by a hodgepodge of legal and bureaucratic hurdles. And where onl…

Reuters Revenues Fall Again

Reuters recurring revenue from subscription products – which represents 93% of the Reuters’ core revenue – was £609 million for Q3 2003, a…

Sky UK Expands Broadband Service

Comedy, film shorts and movie trailers are the latest additions to Sky’s paid-for broadband service. It has combined its news and sports bro…

IAB UK and AOP Split Over Net Ad Roles

More on the controversy you first heard about here: IAB and AOP in UK have differences on the road to any kind of merger or collaboration: A…

Navio Content Commerce System Launched

Navio, a new content commerce company based on person-to-person transactions, has been launched (For those of you who have been following th…

Mr Swagger Takes a Swag

Chris Schroeder, the CEO and publisher of Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive, is the ultimate suit, and a deadly serious one at that. When…

ADVFN Hits First Full-Year Profit

UK financial information website ADVFN has announced its first full-year profit, helped by strong growth in both membership and advertising…

The Best Of British Online Publishing

The AOP Awards last night were a blast…I’m still groggy and hoarse. And I take back my slight bitterness earlier in the day at the confere…

IAB UK Chairman Begs For Merger With AOP

I wish there was another way to put it, but there isn’t: Richard Eyre, the chairman of IAB UK, who was keynoting the UK Association of Onlin…

Willl Tiscali Make Any UK Headway?

The Tiscali portal from Italy is going in an overdrive in the UK market, as another ISP vying with its arch-rivals Freeserve, AOL and BT fo…

Reed Elsevier’s Way To Profits

(sub. req.): “During a period in which the Internet was arguably overhyped and then overcastigated by investors, Reed is credited with choos…

Wippit Close to Deals With Major Labels

Wippit, the UK-based company which bills itself as the first legitimate P2P service, is on the verge of a deal with the major labels, some t…

Reuters Pushes News Business

(subscription required): Reuters Group has spent the past few years telling investors and everyone who would listen that it has evolved into…

Pondering on The Pond Divide

Perhaps I should have been a little more coherent in my post about the U.S. versus European divide. Perhaps I will blog my developing though…

Goodbye To A Flat Rate For Broadband?

Sometimes, the whole socialist underpinning on the British society frustrates me no end: take for example, this move to be fair to people wh…

Virgin UK Launches Music Download Service

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has become the latest company to take decisive action to address plummeting single sales by pledging to s…

Belfast Telegraph Launches Premium Archives

Belfast Telegraph will launch a new archive service…the current day’s plus the last seven days’ content is also available free. After seve…

Liv4now Revamps Site, Adds Subscription Fee

Liv4now.com, the UK lifestyle and community website, has integrated its web and wireless platforms and will next week relaunch for paying PC…

It’s the BBC Against The World (Wide Web)

“This isn’t a question of quality. The BBC site is outstanding – and should be with the backing it has – but it again raises questions about…

Net Rocks The Rockers

The Rolling Stones’ decision to sell their music online is proof of seismic change in the music industry, according to Guardian. The story t…

Europeans Battle For The Broadband Market

A stack-up of broadband players in the European market–basic contention: strong regional players may not cross boundaries. And AOL? “AOL’s…

OD2 Denies Monopoly Claims

UK online music group OD2 has denied accusations it is operating as a monopoly, despite being the only company in Europe to have been able t…

Fame Academy Music Downloads Go On Sale

Fame Academy, UK’s fame show (yeah, that’s a lame description, I know), will sell contestants’ tracks costing viewers 99p each…these are a…

UK ISP Bulldog Joins Premium Broadband Pack

Telecoms operator Bulldog Communications is entering the premium content arena by launching a service that gives its users a range of servic…

CNET Networks UK Launches Technology Awards

CNET UK has started a technology excellence awards…”These independent awards recognise strategic excellence, marketplace impact, innovativ…

Reuters to Shift Content Unit To India

Wonder when this will start as trend for media companies? Well, it already has: Reuters is planning to move much of the core of its operatio…

Big Brother UK’s Online Voting Measly

UK’s Channel 4 made a big deal of the fact that this year, for the first time, viewers could vote through on Big Brother through the websit…

Roaming Content Buy?

FirstGate’s Click&Buy service and BTClick&Buy, among the biggest content payment gateways in Europe, have joined UK, European and U.S. retai…

Online.ie Owner Denies Rumours

The firm behind the popular Irish Web sites Online.ie and IrishAbroad.com says it’s in a solid financial position, in spite of the collapse…

German Court: Deep Linking Is Legal

Deep linking to articles on public news websites in Germany is legal, according to a German court judgment today. The German court dismissed…

OPA Europe Launches Website

The Online Publishers Association Europe (OPA Europe) has launched a website, and appointed Alexander Reibnitz as its Executive Director as…

Log On, Fork Out

Eventually all newspapers will have to diversify revenues streams, according to this story, done in wake of Guardian’s move last week when i…

Jay Alan Samit Leaves EMI

Jay Alan Samit, the digital media honcho at EMI music, and and the man behind nearly 30 dotcom investments by the major record company, has…

Vivendi Closes MP3.com’s European Arm

Vivendi Universal has closed the European arm of MP3.com, the online music site that it bought two years ago. The US arm of the site has bee…

Who Shall Reign in Spain?

Spain has become an interesting battleground for commercial experiments in online content: papers El Pais, El Mundo, ABC, and La Vanguardia…

Germans Wary (aha!)

German internet users have reservations about paying for online downloads (mainly related to software and file-sharing downloads, not necess…

Emap Scales Back Online Efforts

Emap UK is making redundancies in its radio and music division as it stops selling advertising on its website, scales back its online conten…

Van Dusseldorp/Europemedia Bankrupt

Well I had to interrupt my long weekend to bring you this: apparently, Van Dusseldorp, the Amsterdam-based digital media research company, w…

NewsNow Widens Net, Eyes Further Growth

NewsNow, the UK-based online news montoring service, is aiming to reach its target of 20,000 online news sources within a year, following th…

Porn, Music Driving European Broadband Gains

High-speed Internet access in Europe continues to grow at a healthy rate, boosted by consumer demand for file-sharing, pornography and music…

Telekom Austria Starts Online VoD Service

Telekom Austria broadband ADSL subscribers will have access to a new video-on-demand service, Aon.tv, starting from 7 June. The service will…

 The Broadband Content Feasibility Report

The Department of Trade and Industry in UK, along with Atos KPMG Consulting, has released a 130-page report (PDF, 2.1 MB) on the feasibility…

The Times they are a-changing

Leading UK broadsheet The Times will launch its first electronic edition at the end of this month, although the publication will not be avai…

The “Where It’s At” Concept

This is perhaps the most exciting piece of revelation that came out of the IFRA conference. Sydsvenska Dagbladet, the fourth largest newspap…

Le Monde’s Fallacy of the Free

: Don’t get fooled by Bruno Patino’s boyish charms and French manners. Behind it he hides one of the sharpest brains in online media. As the…

Next Pit Stop: Amsterdam

I am in Amsterdam for the rest of this week, covering two major European events:
— IFRA Online Trend Day on May 14th, with speakers such a…

US Turns to British News

The growing popularity of online “blogs” – personal logs of ordinary internet users that link to stories throughout the globe – also contrib…

Charge of the Site Brigade

An analysis story from UK’s perspective, following Independent’s new subscription website, which was first reported here.

The Friends Reunited After FT

The Financial Times’ marketing boss who quit the newspaper earlier this week has followed fellow former FT executive Michael Murphy to join…

Sun Favorite Among Broadband Users

A curious figure cited by David Day, SVP at Neilsen-Netratings in UK, speaking at the Interactive Media conference in London on Wednesday: T…

Ministry Aims to Cash in on Music Downloads

In UK, Ministry of Sound is relaunching its website in a bid to make music downloads from artists such as Fatboy Slim, Christina Aguilera an…

Peter Gabriel’s Call To Arms

An interview with singer Peter Gabriel on his digital music company OD2 and his belief in the ftire of music subscription services. “The mus…

EMeta Closes Its UK Offices, For Now

EMeta, one of the biggest content commerce software companies, has closed its offices in UK (based in London), for now. The company is “rest…

The Independent Risks Fisking

The Independent newspaper in UK has just started a subscription and micropayments service for its website (as first reported by PaidContent.…

EMI Unveils Major European Online Music Push

EMI Group has signed deals with 20 digital music distributors to sell its music on the Internet, in the most wide-ranging online push by a m…

European Information Market Grows 12 Percent

A new report published by IRN Research values the European online information market at 2,463 million pounds in 2002 showing growth of 12 pe…

3 UK Sign up Endomol

3 UK Sign up Endomol UK’s Zeppotron: 3 UK, the 3G mobile service launched earlier this week, has entered into an agreement with Zeppotron, t…

AOP UK on OPA Europe’s Launch

This is what Alex Daley, head of AOP e-mailed me about the launch of OPA Europe: “AOP is fully
supportive of a European association that ha…

BT online music service fails

BT online music service fails whistle test: Trust The Register to always have the last word: BT’s Dotmusic on Demand (DoD) digital music sub…

Friends Reunited Signs ex-FT boss

Friends Reunited Signs ex-FT boss in Expansion Push: Online reunion site Friends Reunited has hired former FT chief Michael Murphy as part o…

Bloomberg, Reuters Face Challenge From

Bloomberg, Reuters Face Challenge From New-Tech Upstarts: Reuters Group and Bloomberg may be heading the same way as the now-defunct telex m…

Revenues Estimates for Mainstream Content

Revenues Estimates for Mainstream Content sites in UK: The Association of Online Publishers in UK has published visitor and revenues share…

Ministry of Sound Adds Paid

Ministry of Sound Adds Paid Downloads to Site: Ministry of Sound is relaunching its website to offer users music and video downloads from to…

UK Newspapers in a Wireless/PDA

UK Newspapers in a Wireless/PDA Delivery Deal: Online payment processor WorldPay has linked up with mobile services firm Roundpoint to provi…

Why European ISPs Need Partners:

Why European ISPs Need Partners: On-line subscription services for newspapers, music, and gaming finally are becoming viable businesses. Ope…

Music Industry Faces New Threats

Music Industry Faces New Threats On Web: A Dutch man is about to go into business as an enabler of Internet peer-to-peer services. He wants…

Reed Elsevier Third Largest Online

Reed Elsevier Third Largest Online Company: Reed Elsevier yesterday claimed the unlikely title of the world’s third largest internet company…

Bango Unveils New WAP Text

Bango Unveils New WAP Text Payment Offer: UK mobile company Bango.net has signed content providers such as Emap’s Parker’s Cars Guide and sh…

German Music Industry to Launch

German Music Industry to Launch Download Portal: The German music industry is clubbing together to offer their customers a more attractive d…