Social media

Growing Engagement Gives Rise to Mobile Social Phones

Ground Truth, a mobile measurement firm, today reported that consumers use phones more for social networking than any other purpose. This usage is giving rise to social mobile handsets, five of which are already available to ride the social mobile wave.

Next New Networks Restructures, Cuts Staff

Online video production studio Next New Networks, which was struggling even before the global financial meltdown, has laid off about 7 staff…

Technorati’s Blogcritics Gets A Makeover

One of the web’s oldest online magazines, Blogcritics.org, is set to get a makeover Tuesday. The long list of text links to blog posts on th…

@ CTIA: Remembering Your First CTIA

Sometimes you can get a bit jaded when you have a lot of history with something. CTIA is one of those things. This year, marked my 10th atte…

Facebook Says Mobile Users Now Top 20 Million

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that 20.8 million people now use Facebook on mobile devices, and that mobile users are far more active tha…

@ CTIA: Zed Scores NBA Mobile Content

The NBA is taking its existing library of content mobile through a new deal with Zed. Beginning with more basic NBA content involving teams…

MouthShut Launches City Guide

User review portal MouthShut has gone in for a re-design, adding local listings and reviews to the mix. Currently it lists entries from 20 c…

TinselVision Adds UTV Content To Library

Online video content startup Tinselvision has inked a deal with UTV, by virtue of which it gets access to UTVs theatrical titles like Life I…

EconSM 08: The Speakers Lineup

We’re about three weeks away from our Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference at Skirball Center in LA. For those of you who are atten…

EconSM08: More Speakers, More Panels

Our EconSM conference planning is kicking into high gear, and we have several new speakers and topics to announce (with more to come this we…

AFP To Offer Video Clips As Ringtones

News agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) has signed a deal with Vringo to make its news video clips available as mobile video ringtones. The s…

Kylie Minogue Sets Up Mobile Social Network

Kylie Minogue has launched a mobile social networking site to coincide with her new single, at www.KylieKonnect.com (although when I checked…

Privacy Lost & Found

The New York Times has another article on the privacy issues surrounding applications that let people share their location with friends, jus…

MySpace Eyes India

I’d heard murmurs of MySpace’s India plans a few days ago – that there’s an announcement of India plans due by the end of the month – and we…

FunnyorDie Tries Not To Die

Trying to use the word “die” in your name, or teaser tagline is just a bad idea…and rest of it doesn’t sound very funny. Read this from TH…

Joost Not Planning Mobile Service Yet: Volpi

Robert Andrews at our sister site PaidContent:UK interviewed Mike Volpi, CEO of online video company Joost, who told him the company has no…

Video Discovery Service Mesmo Raises $900,000

Oakland, CA-based online video discovery site Mesmo has raised $900,000 in first-round funding from Felices Ventures and Maples Investments,…

Senior Social Net Eons Trimming Staff

It’s looking like a quick reversal of fortune at Eons, the social networking site for seniors started by Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor. A…

vSocial Takes in Second Round of Funding

vSocial, a provider of white label video hosting based in Tempe , AZ, has received a second round of funding from Biltmore ventures and orig…

E! Launches News Now Mobile Service

A couple of days ago Comcast launched a mobile and web news clip service under the E! brand, which will be available via several wireless me…

AmericanGreetings.com Launches Mobile Service

AmericanGreetings.com has launched a web-to-mobile greeting card service in the US. Customers can send specially designed e-cards from Ameri…

Symbian Slingplayer In Private Beta

SlingPlayer has a private beta version of its service onto Symbian devices going in the US. So far it runs on the Nokia E65, N75 and N95 han…

New News Site: The Newsier Newser

An interesting news aggregation site has launched, with some non-obvious-yet-blue-chip names behind it: Newser.com is a new aggregation site…

MyDamnChannel Launches; Gets Funding

Another day, another Hollywood exec claiming old media doesn’t get it, and they’ll show them how. In the line of FunnyOrDie, NextNew, 60Fram…

Match.com’s new Mobile Service

Match.com, one of the biggest online dating services in U.S., has launched a new mobile version innovatively called MatchMobile. It will fir…

Alltel Adds MyWaves Mobile Video Service

Alltel (NYSE:AT) has made the MyWaves mobile video services available on certain handsets for a fee of $3.99 per month. The MyWaves video se…

A&E Mobile Channels Go to Sprint

A&E Television Networks has signed a deal with MobiTV for its made-for-mobile channels A&E Mobile and History Channel Mobile, which is the f…

Barbie vs Bratz, Online and Offline

Both WSJ and NYT have a story each Barbie and fierce rival Bratz’s online-mixed-with-offline social networking efforts, and interesting appr…

Facebook Buys WebOS Startup Parakey

Facebook, itself the speculation of a lot of M&A, has done its first small one: it has bought Parakey, a still-in-stelth startup run by Blak…

NBC Syndicates Content To Alltel

In one of its first major content deals since being bought out for $27.5 billion by Texas Pacific Group and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners i…

TV 2.0: Cameraphone Reporting As Vox Pop

Within minutes of the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport people had sent photos and footage from cameraphones to broadcasters. It’s interes…

EconSM Video #4: Social Media Deals

This is the fourth video posted from our The Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference. The first panel video is here (Social Media CEOs…

EconSM Video: Mobile Social Media

This is the fourth video posted from our The Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference. The first panel video is here (Social Media CEOs…

Mixxer Changes Name, Again: 3Guppies

Mixxer, the Seattle-based mobile content service that announced a $20 million investment last June, has changed its name again, to 3Guppies,…

LinkedIn Headed Towards IPO?

We mentioned the appointment of LinkedIn’s new CFO yesterday, but Reuters runs with it, and says that this could lead to the company’s IPO,…

EconSM Video: Social Media & News

This is the second video posted from our The Economics of Social Media (EconSM) conference. The first one was posted here. To refresh your…

EconSM Video: Social Media CEOs

As promised — although a little later than hoped due to some internal issues: the panel videos from our first conference, The Economics of…

EconSM Video: Social Media CEOs

As promised — although a little later than hoped due to some internal issues: the panel videos from our first conference, The Economics of…

Broadcasters Seek Mobile Video Standard

The nine broadcast groups of the Open Mobile Video Coalition have sent an open letter to technology companies urging them to agree on a sing…

YouTube’s Videos Go Beyond Verizon

YouTube’s exclusive deal with Verizon Wireless has ended, it seems: on m.youtube.com, it has launched several hundred editor’s picks — the…

Online Library Scribd Raises $3.7 Million

Document sharing site Scribd has raised $3.5 million from Redpoint Ventures. Scribd’s original angel investor, Kinsey Hills Group (Ed Kinsey…

Facebook Announces Mobile Video Uploading

Facebook has announced the Facebook Platform, which allows for third-party development of applications that interact with Facebook. Over at…

Facebook Spins Out Widgets; Spins Everyone

The big grand announcement Facebook was supposed to make this week came: it is launching widgets. Yep. Did WSJ get spun with a deliberate le…

Eisner On 90-Sec Episodes

Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner has plans for Prom Queen, the series of 90-second episodes his new company Vuguru is delivering over some o…

Ebay Blogs And MyWorld Launched

eBay recently extended blogs and community (My World) features to India, reports exchange4media. The eBay.in blogs page is the same as that…

Intercasting Moves To Middleman

Intercasting — which runs mobile social network Rabble — has changed its strategy from trying to promote its social network to selling a t…

SuperStock Goes Mobile, Allows Mash-Ups

Stock photography company SuperStock has signed a deal with mobile content community MyNuMo to put its content on mobile phones. The images…

EconSM: How Others Saw It

One of the best parts of putting on EconSM — looking at it through other lenses. Some examples:

Robert Niles, OJR: “Social media provides…

EconSM: Our Coverage

EconSM live blogged by our NYC correspondent David Kaplan and contentSutra Editor Nikhil Pahwa:

— @ EconSM: Managing Deals With Social Net…

EconSM Pre-Conference Reception Pics

Some gorgeous pictures taken by our EconSM conference photographer Alen Lin, at the pre-conference reception at CAA building last week…the…

Social Video Site Kyte.TV To Launch Monday

The Guardian (reg) has a review/commentary on mobile video-sharing start-up Kyte.TV, which launches on Monday. He seemed impressed… “I sta…

Facebook: Is IPO The Only Option Now?

A good cover-story profile of Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the latest issue of FastCompany. Despite prediction otherwise, Faceboo…

This Whole Buzz Thing: So Wrong, It is Right

We’re among the top 25 blogs discussing “Sanjaya”, according to Nielsen BuzzMetrics, the “global measurement standard in consumer-generated…

ATSC Mobile TV Standard Announced In US

The US Advanced Television Systems Committee has announced a new mobile TV standard that will let broadcasters “deliver television content a…

Twistbox Signs Deal With Fashion TV

Twistbox Entertainment as signed an exclusive agreement with Fashion TV to launch made-for-mobile programming through the FTV Mobile Portal…

User-Gen Mobile Story Site Launches

Mobile user-generated story site Wattpad has come out of beta and officially launched, after signing up 100K users since the beta launch in…

FICCI Frames Day 2 Roundup: Content Issues

Social networking sites can be used to test content, and generate a buzz, said David Taghioff, VP (Business Affairs) for William Morris Agen…

CTIA: DVB-H And DMB Chips To be Demo’d

Multimedia software provider Thin Multimedia and mobile TV chip vendor Siano Mobile Silicon have teamed up to create mobile TV receiver chip…

Mobile TV Has A Bright Future In The Enterprise

ComputerWorld has an interesting piece arguing that — assuming technical difficulties like bandwidth issues can be overcome — on-demand mo…

Mobile Communties In The US

AmericanVenture Magazine has an interview with Scott Driggers, CEO and Co-Founder of San Mateo-based Gemini about the possible launch of its…

All About the Benjamins: Who

That was the title of the panel today at the New Video Summit, part of the bigger VON conference going on in San Jose this week. I was moder…

YouTube Case Study

YouTube’s $1.6 billion all-stock sale to Google was the largest exit in consumer internet business in 2006. Startup Review has a case study…

Far From The Twittering Crowds

The most successful technologies and services on both the web and mobile phones have been those that allow people to communicate, and the lo…

Reliance To Start Social Networking Site

You’re reading this here first: ContentSutra has learnt from sources that Anil Ambani company Reliance Entertainment is working on a social…

CrickeM Changes Name To CricTV.com

CrickeM.com, the social networking and video sharing website for cricket fans has, changed its name to CricTV.com. The latter obviously soun…

Midcourse Correction For Fropper…

I saw an advertisement on one of the TV channels recently, that seemed to position the Fropper.com primarily as a social networking portal.…

The Stage-Setters At EconSM; Are You There?

Our EconSM conference coming up on April 26th is shaping up well…the speaker selection process is almost over. As the industry debate heat…

Blogger Transliterates English To Hindi

Via Digital Inspiration, one learns that Google owned Blogger, which is probably the most popular blogging site in India, has launched a tra…

On Blogs And Businesses

S Sridhar, VP Marketing for Two Wheelers at Bajaj Auto tells the Economic Times that the first review of their latest version of their bike…

Who Needs Big Brother? We Have Cameraphones

USA Today has a probing feature illustrating how camerphones are allowing user to police and punish individual behavior. The arrival of the…

Cameraphones Put Squeeze On Paparazzi

The idea that people with cameraphones would be able to take pictures of events as they happen and celebrities and then market those images…

Connecting Virtual To Real Via Mobile

The BBC has a piece on Web 2.0 and how it works with mobile phones — mobile blogging and so on. It quotes Newbay’s chief executive Paddy Ho…

Mobile Video Success Will Be User Generated

Andreas Constantinou has some commentary up on what is needed for mobile video to succeed — basically, people need to be able to create and…

Vodafone Chooses MS IM Over Open IM

The Register has some commentary about Vodafone choosing Microsoft’s mobile instant messaging service over the open one the GSM Association…

Is There Life After The Ringtone?

There is, if companies move up the value chain to sell D2C and cater to emerging mobile social networks. As this article points out, rington…

Citizen Journalism Taking Root

We’ve heard of media channels promoting citizen journalism, and some leveraging the Internet and mobile for content for campaigns. That’s mo…

Slow Progress Of Mobile Instant Messaging

The Wall Street Journal has a piece pondering the whereabouts of mobile instant messaging. The technical standards are in place, the busines…

Zed Invests $65 Million To Expand To Web

Spanish mobile content vendor Zed is preparing to expand online, according to Mobile Entertainment. The company will invest $65 million to c…

Flycell Launches Original Content Unit

U.S. mobile content applications firm Flycell, part of Italian company Acotel Group, has formed a new production division to develop, produc…

Calacanis’s New Company: 20.com

After exiting Weblogs Inc and AOL couple of months ago, Jason Calacanis is ready for his new adventure..meaning his new company. Here’s what…

Video Provider Roo Buys MyVideoDaily

White label online video provider Roo Group, which powers video services for MSN, Excite, FT and others, has bought out a small online video…

Students' New Best Friend: 'MoSoSo'

USA Today has a piece on mobile social networking software (using the short form of MoSoSo, which I’m not enamoured with). It’s low on stats…

New York Plans 911 Cameraphone Service

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a plan to let people send in photos to the 911 service to allow people to send images of…

Winter House Cleaning At GoTV Networks

GoTV Networks, the LA-based mobile video production company, has done some winter house-cleaning and about 15 people from the company (some…

Pew Knows What Your Kids Are Doing Online

Turns out the “You” in TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” might be less of us than we thought. Even those who maintained that the overheat…

Content Is King, Distributor Is Emperor

PCMag has covered the Rush to Mobile Video panel at CES, which included speakers from Fun Little Movies, MediaFLO, Motorola, MobiTV, Sony Pi…

Popular S. African Soap To Move To Mobiles

This is the first locally produced and commissioned content for mobile TV, says this story about a popular South African soap moving into mo…

Filmmakers Face Challenges on Mobile Fims

WSJ has a good reality check on mobile video, especially filmmakers venture into mobile shorts. Despite all the hype, deals, announcements e…

MyWaves Offers “Free” Mobile Video

Silicon-Valley based MyWaves has plans to launch a service this week that will allow people to stream video from the internet to their mobil…

Facebook To Remain Independent, Really…

Facebook, having turned down a reportedly big offer from Yahoo (to the tune of $1 billion), is not for sale anymore, and will remain indepen…

Rocky Climb For Mobile IM

ZDNet Asia has a piece on the problems with mobile instant messaging — although all the problems appear to be for the carriers. “The lack o…

MIH Offers Rs.1.5 Crore To Bloggers…Why?

Some of the issues that I’d raised when (Nasper owned) MIH’s ibibo was first launched still remain unanswered and recent developments have s…

Habbo Hotel To Launch Mobile Next Year

Pasi Ilola, the head of marketing for Sulake Corporation, told MobileMonday that the company planned to launch mobile services for its Habbo…

Mobile P2P Distribution Patent Awarded

July Systems has issued a press release on a US patent it has been issued… “The patent, Authorized Distribution of Digital Content over Mo…

VH1 Launches Celebhead For Mobile

VH1 Mobile is launching a made-for-mobile series described as “US Weekly meets Being John Malkovich”. It will be a shortform parody shot fro…

Orb Adds Mobile Access To MyCasting

Last month Orb launched a service where PC users could mark content they wanted to later access from their mobiles. Now the company has take…

MySpace Reveals Mobile Features, No Plans For

On the heels of the MySpace announcement to go mobile, the publication Mobile Europe conducted an exclusive interview with newly-appointed h…

Zune Videos For Windows Mobiles?

Staci over at PaidContent has put up a post on videos for Microsoft’s new Zune player — it’s a bit complicated, and doesn’t seem to be done…

WorldDAB Changes Name To WorldDMB

The WorldDAB Forum has changed its name to WorldDMB after a General Assembly of the organisation on 31 October. “WorldDMB

Video Sharing Site Eefoof Gets Angel Money

Lotsa angel/seed fundings happening: this time, San Diego-based Eefoof, a video sharing site that does a rev share with creators, has just r…

YouTube’s Mobile Plans

At this point vaporware, but YouTube’s Chad Hurley mentioned at a conference today that within the next year YouTube hopes to “have somethin…

MTV Strikes Turkcell Deal

MTV has signed a deal to make its content available to customers of Turkcell, a turkish operator with 30.8 million customers. “Turkcell’s Va…

Video Sharing Site Veeker Launches

A mobile-to-internet video sharing site, Veeker, has launched in beta mode. It’s intended to encourage people to share videos from their mob…

Get A Blind Date After Viewing Blind Date

NBC Universal and Hands On Mobile have teamed up to launch a service dubbed Flirting by Blind Date, based on the premise that people who wat…

Student Social Net Goes Mobile

College Tonight — a social networking site aimed at college students and restricted to those with a .edu address — has gone mobile, which…

Teaching Kids With Mobile Video

A study on the benefits of using streaming video to teach young children has been conducted by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), sponsor…

Comic Creator — An Introduction To MMS

I spoke with Jeffrey Peters from Longtail Studios about one of their products, Comic Creator. Comic Creator is an application that people wi…

Google Buys YouTube — Mobile Implications?

So, Google has gone and bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock, which is being covered in full at our sister site PaidContent. The obviou…

Showtime to Offer Video via Cell Phones

Pay TV service Showtime has put some video clips of its shows (such as Weeds and The L Word) on the mobile platform with a deal with Mobile…

Pocketfilming In Paris

The BBC has a short piece on the Pocket Films Festival, which is showing 14 movies filmed on mobile phones, selected from a larger number. T…

Social Networking: Does Anybody Know Anything?

William Goldman’s famous line about Hollywood — “Nobody knows anything” — may be true of the social media space, too. So many arguments ab…

@ AOP: The Social Media Bit, ish

At the Association of Online Publishers conference, quite a bit of recapping here in presentations for the social media session – definition…

The Potential Of Social Network Mobility

This is a pretty good article on social network sites, and the benefits of them developing a mobile aspect. “It is unclear whether mobile wi…

Keeping Up With Social Media

Spannerworks in the UK has published an e-book (PDF link here) on social media which gives a useful introduction to the main formats and tre…

Rok Goes Free TV?

There’s a new mobile TV service, FreeBe TV, which claims to be “the worlds first free mass-market 2.5G GPRS multi-channel mobile TV service”…

Mobile TV in South Africa, Taiwan and Australia

–South African mobile operator MTN is in talks with Naspers’ MultiChoice pay-TV business to provide television on mobile phones by 2010…w…

Some YouTube Numbers Being Bandied Around

On the heels of Facebook sale rumors, comes this NYP story which doesn’t say much, except that YouTube won’t sell itself for anything less t…

@MCW: Mobile Industry Not Ready For Mobile TV

There’s some interesting comments from Freemantle Media’s senior vp of interactive, Claire Tavernier, about mobile TV.
“One of the apparent…

Incompatibility, Small Scale Dogs Mobile TV

Operators and handset vendors gathered at IBC spoke about the problems impeding the uptake of mobile TV, including”a persistent lack of inte…

Some Mobile Content Deals From This Week

–D2C mobile portal MobileSidewalk has signed a couple of new deals… RestaurantRow will offer a service that will offer information on 200…

@MES: The Mobile Threat To Broadcasters

I just had lunch beside Paul Rich, CEO of Bennett Media, which produces content based on extreme sports and sexy women that it sells to broa…

Mobiles As A Video Recorder

Texas Instruments, PacketVideo and S3 are demonstrating a mobile phone that can record incoming television shows. “The phone has two channel…

13% Access Dating Services Through E-Mail

According to a new report from Visiongain Intelligence of the people who use dating services in the US 13% access them from their mobile pho…

Aardman To Get Own Mobile TV Channel

The creators of Wallace & Gromit have landed their own mobile TV channel on the Orange TV service in the UK. “The channel, “Aardman Animatio…

MiShow Adds Viewer Guide

This sounds pretty funny at first, but it makes sense…MiShow, which rungs a biography service that allows people to share their lives as “…

Italians Take To Tiny TVs

(reg required) I was a bit taken aback by the opening sentence of this article: “Cellphone frenzied Italy has emerged as the fastest-growing…

Chinese Mobile Channel In US

U.S. mobile video aggregator SmartVideo Technologies and Asian content distribution company Content Asia Network (CAN) have teamed up to lau…

Russian Telco SMARTS Beta-Tests Mobile TV

Russian regional mobile operator SMARTS has started beta testing a mobile TV service. The service will “allow subscribers to customize their…

Tapping The Right Mobile TV ‘Channel’

Whether you think it will be successful or not, mobile TV is currently viewed as the “next big thing” by most players in the telecoms indust…

Top Ten Video Sharing Websites

Light Reading has done a comprehensive comparison of the online video sharing sites, and come up with a list, based on features. The full li…

Video On BlackBerries From CanWest And Rogers

I’m pretty sure this is a first…”CanWest MediaWorks and Rogers Wireless have launched bbTV, a new media player for delivering TV content t…

MobiTV Backs WiMAX

MobiTV has said it is committed to broadcasting over WiMAX technology — “As part of its commitment to the technology, MobiTV says it is “in…

Rok Launches Mobile TV Service In US

Rok TV has launched its service in the US, offering 13 channels for 99c a month each. The service uses a downloadable application and can ru…

BW: OMG, Like, Totally, Digg

Updated below: In what has to be the most fisk-worthy Web 2.0 story ever written, BW does a cover story about Digg’s founder and other young…

Virgin’s First Mobile TV Handset Sighted

“The first handset in the UK to support mobile broadcast TV has appeared in a Carphone Warehouse brochure, which quotes a September release…

Telstra Tunes Out Of DVB-H Sale

Australian incumbent Telstra has reportedly cooled on the idea of launching a DVB-H network, after a 12-month trial with some other companie…

MobiTV Signs Up CHUM For Canadian Channels

MobiTV has signed a deal with Canadian media company CHUM to put four new channels in MobiTV’s Canadian offering. CHUM runs 33 radio station…

User-Generated Content Announcements This Week

There were several announcements this week concerning user-generated content, social and networking sites and moblogging tools. This is a sy…

The Slowly Growing Trend Of Mobile TV

Mobile TV & video is slowly getting the attention of broadcasters and consumers…”From an industry point of view, from a revenue point of v…

Notes From User Generated Content Conference

Russell Buckley of MobHappy attended the User Generated Content Conference in Munich, his write-up is here. There’s a wry comment about star…

Mobile TV Is Heading For A Fall

One commentator thinks that proponents of mobile TV are over-promising what can be delivered, and so will disappoint early adopters keen for…

Local Content, Starting With Weather

An interesting story about Japanese company Weathernews’ moves into the mobile video space (reported last month) talks about the demand for…

Mobile MySpace In Australia

The Australian version of MySpace, along with social networking sites from Yahoo and Telstra, are reportedly going mobile “in October or so”…

CurrentTV’s Mobile Video Efforts

Al Gore-backed youth and citizen media TV channel Current TV is launching “Current Mobile,” a new TV program that showcases video from cell…

Media Firms Queue Up For U.S. Wireless Auction

As the two giants of communication companies and media conglomerates collide in a bid to grab the largest slice of the new media pie each si…

Will Mobile TV Make Its Goal?

Mobile TV seems destined to be “make its goal”, by hook or by crook… its proponents are dead-set certain that the service will be popular…

Mobango Reaches 1 Million Users

Mobile community site Mobango has clocked up a million users from around the globe, and has launched a “2.0 Web” version of its site, which…

MobiTV Expands to Windows Mobile

MobiTV, the mobile video aggregator. has expanded its software to include devices that run Windows Mobile 5.0…the service costs $9.99 a mo…

The Rising Hype Around Mobile Community Networks

The hype around social networks and community sites going mobile is steadily increasing, and there’s a reasonable chance it’s justified. MyS…

Facebook Valuation: Not $2 Billion

The MediaWeek story which we linked to and was picked up by other blogs as well, caused some confusion about Facebook’s valuation, enough th…

Third Screen Film Festival

Columbia College Chicago and Nano TV (MobiTV’s short film channel) are teaming up to run a film festival, dubbed the Third Screen Film Festi…

Real Estate TV Goes Mobile, Reaches US

Dubai-based Al Aqariya, a free-to-air property-themed entertainment channel that airs Real Estate TV on satellite and cable in Europe and th…

AtomFilm Contest On Alltel

AtomFilms (my favorite online short film service) has teamed up with Alltel to run a contest. The contest involves users submitting an origi…

Smoother Shift To Digital Needed

The current move to expand video products to the internet and mobile phones will be a lot more successful when technology enables the shift…

MTV’s First Made-for-Mobile Animations

MTV Networks International has announced the launch of its first animated series of made-for-mobile shorts, Wulffmorgenthaler. It’s based on…

Microsoft To License Its IP To Vimio

Vimio, the mobile streaming and compression company based in Dublin, has licensed some streaming optimization technology from Microsoft’s ne…

Bell Canada Launches New Mobile Video Services

Bell Canada has launched a couple of new made-for-mobile video services, CTV News and Report on Business Television (ROBTv). CTV News will f…

Mobile DTV Alliance Gets New Members

The Mobile Digital TV Alliance — set up to promote the DVB-H standard in the US — has gained some new members. Freescale Semiconductor, Ha…

Sling Media Extends Beta Tests

Sling Media has extended its place-shifting beta trial…”The new version of the software enables Slingbox owners to watch and control thei…

Social Networking Goes Mobile

Some more stuff from the BW article Rafat posted about earlier…
The market for mobile social looks promising…one interesting statistic m…

MySpace Expanded Mobile Ambitions

MySpace, which has deals with Helio and Cingular, will expand more..this story has some good details (the Helio deal was an exclusive one, b…

The Shorter, Faster, Cruder, Tinier TV Show

NYT has a 7-page article on mobile TV, focusing mostly on MTV and the question of whether it knows what young men want to watch on their mob…

Telcos Could Lose Out On Mobile IM

There’s a general acceptance at the Global Messaging Congress that instant messaging applications will replace SMS, and also that operators…

Mobile-TV Vendors Politely Jockey For Position

Paul Scanlan, co-founder and chief operating officer of MobiTV, launched the Mobile DTV conference, saying that the mobile TV market is larg…

Da Vinci Code Makes It To Mobile

Sony Pictures has announced mobile content for the (pointlessly) controversial film The Da Vinci Code. A series of two-minute clips will “of…

Primetime for Mobile TV: The Landscape

IBM’s division Institute for Business Value has come out with a white paper on mobile TV, the current landscape and future scenarios. It loo…

Free Mobile Videos, Sideloaded

FreeClippz is offering free mobile videos, sideloaded to the handset to avoid data charges (and carrier deals, I suppose). Being sideloaded…

Consumers Concerns On Mobile TV

WaveMetrix has studied online discussion forums to discover what consumers think about mobile TV — or more specifically, what they are worr…

Content Licensing Still A Hard Slog For Telcos

Operators are keen to get content onto new platforms but the licensing issues are complex, since the channel operators don’t completely own…

Breyer Wants Facebook to IPO

The latest New Yorker does a why-is-Facebook-so-popular paean in a long story (not yet online, only print), and chronicles the rise of Mark…

The Cable Cos Digital Movement

The cable companies are making a lot of noise about their commitment to digital media, ie broadband and mobile, in a bid to stay relevant in…

HiWire With Twice The Channels

This is a reprint of an article we’ve already pointed to, but I noticed a bit there that we didn’t mention that I think is important: “Hiwir…

Wireless Social Network For Music Fans

Independent label INgrooves has started a mobile service that includes a social networking component, where fans can message each other as w…

MTV’s Digital Play

This article is based on an interview with MTV’s digital media chief Jason Hirschhorn, who said that MTV was going digital because its audie…

Student.com Social Network Goes Mobile

Student.com — a social networking group — has gone mobile. “Student Mobile will allow its vast network of users to customize their mobile…

IceMobile Setting Up Mobile Ad Network

Mobile content distribution company IceMobile is setting up a mobile ad network. Amsterdam-based company is setting up a service to link mob…

Mobile Video In Canada

This is a pretty comprehensive article about the mobile video industry in Canada…”Last fall, Canada’s big three carriers, Telus, Bell and…

Sirius On Mobile Video

The proposed Sirius mobile video service will be live rather than a cached service, where a user would download the content to storage to vi…

Mobile Content Issues Resonate

There was an interesting panel at the iHollywood forum at NAB about the complexities and challenges of putting multimedia content on mobile…

Art Movies Find Their Way To Mobile Screens

So it’s not just Hollywood flicks that excite mobile users. There are art-house movies too finding their way to smaller screens like cell ph…

User-Generated DVB-H Broadcasts

This is a turn-up for the books…ComVu “has announced the “world’s first” demonstration of live video broadcasts from a 3G camera-phone usi…

StudioMoto — DIY MMS & Ringtones

Another handset manufacturer is offering do-it-yourself entertainment services to push its handsets…Motorola has launched StudioMoto (pres…

Moblogging Getting Started

Mobile blogging is beginning to take off, with the bit internet social clubs opening mobile operations and other new media companies keen to…

Play With The Tiny Tellies In Oz

This is essential a review of the mobile TV trial held during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games…it looks like the mobile TV technology…

Street Art Takes An Animated Edge

Here’s something interesting from Hobart (Tasmania) based Blue Rocket…it went to MIPTV and scored some funding from the National Film Boar…

Sony Ericsson Sees Market For TV On Phones Soon

By “soon” Sony Ericsson president Miles Flint means that it will show up this year, but it won’t be big until next year or 2008. He said tha…

Morph Me, Baby

[By James Pearce] The latest thing is people altering pictures they take … Pulse lets you animate a picture to make it talk, and now Activ…

Web 2.0’s Startup Fever

TechReview does a story on whether all these Web 2.0 startups will ever make money, or do they really need to…JEff puts it best: “There is…

@ CTIA: Veepers Mutates To Animated Photos

I spent a few minutes at CTIA with John Yuzdepski from Pulse Mobile looking at the company’s Veeper product…it’s now been enhanced so that…

MyNuMo — User-Generated Content Marketplace

There’s a new online marketplace, MyNuMo, which allows “anyone can publish and sell music, images, and videos into the lucrative mobile cont…

Amp’d Does The Logomotion

MTV channel Logo (which targets the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender audience) has put some of its content on Amp’d under the name Log…

Create Your Own Zup

The Seattle Times: Head Zup has been around for a while, and now it appears John Shay (the original product manager for RealAudio who’s behi…

The Business of Citizen Journalism

This is great weekend reading (I wish Poynter would have offered it as one PDF so easier to print out)…Steve Outing has written a series o…

@ CTIA: Atom Films Exclusively on Verizon

I am not a fan of exclusive content deals on operators…anyway, AtomFilms has done a multi-year exclusive deal with Verizon Wireless to bri…

@ MES: Mobile TV and Video Panel

This panel wasn’t earth-shattering, but there were some interesting tidbits. It included John Burris from Sprint, Thomas Ellsworth from GoTV…

@ MES: Minimizing Mobile Video

Snell and Wilcox gave a presentation of its technology being used behind mobile video. It wasn’t really content focused, but one interesting…

From Mobile To TV

This is great…Chooz Active Content has licensed its made-for-mobile animated series Foreplay to Fox. “The studio has acquired all U.S. mob…

Facebook’s “On-The-Block” Block Party

And BW joins it…the non-story about college social networking site Facebook’s being on the block, which it has been for a while and everyo…

Case for Mobile TV Without the Mobile Operator

Pyramid Research has warned carriers they need to get mobile TV going quickly or risk getting left out of the loop. “With Mobile TV, MNOs ha…

Redirecting TV To Mobile Phones

Rok Entertainment has released another mobile video/TV service, the BLCX, which redirects your home TV signal to your mobile either via a Wi…

Telephone Trottoire

This is a strange mobile phone program coming out of the Congolese community in London… “Telephone Trottoire” randomly phones up radio lis…

Crown Castle: Why Mess It Up With Tower TV?

Forbes asks a valid question: you are a tower company and have a cushy business of collecting monthly rent checks…so why mess it up with g…

Nexxt: The Hip Hop Mobile Reality Series

Mobile Streams has combined a couple of big trends to create a rap-based mobile reality show based on Houston rappers The G.R.i.T Boys, call…

Mobile TV Gives A New View Of Games

CNet Australia has run a piece on the DVB-H trial for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, it’s got the technical details and a quick review of…

Zingy Developing Mobile Videos

Zingy is in the process of producing mobile videos…It has “inked an exclusive pact with Bernie Mac for a series of original mobile-only sk…

Industry Moves: MobiTV Hires Sprint’s Knoop

MobiTV’s poaching the operators now: the mobile video aggregator has hired Dale Knoop, formerly of Sprint’s GM of multimedia, as senior dire…

Social Stamps

Stamps — a research project at the Ecole Polytechnique F

UPDATE: AtomFilms Goes Mobile, But Not Cellular

Atom Films — a short-film site which is one of my favorite websites — has started offering Atom Films To Go. A promotional e-mail I receiv…

FHM To Launch Mobile Video In UK

FHM is planning on launching a mobile TV service featuring celebrity photo shoots, competitions and features. It will also include interview…

Microsoft Backs DVB-H

Microsoft has joined the Mobile DTV Alliance as a founding member, adding a software member to what had been a collection of hardware vendor…

Camera Maker Sony Releases Camera Phone App

Sony has revealed some new details on Share Everywhere, which allows “users to view, upload and share pictures via various devices, includin…

No Go For TV-To-Go?

Sling Media is experiencing some difficulties with its TV-to-mobile service announced early this year — it can’t get any carriers to sign u…

Comedy Central’s First Mobile Series

The first made-f0r-mobile video series from Comedy Central, called Samurai Love God, has got a marketing boost from the actress playing one…

Rok Gains Compatibility With Microsoft

Rok Player — which sells movies and TV shows on digital cards for playing on mobile phones and other portable devices — has made its servi…

3GSM Equaled Mobile TV

Whatever else came out of 3GSM there was a lot of mobile TV coverage in the press…here’s some of the highlights:
Mobile TV rivals line up…

Nine Mobile TV Firms to Watch

Red Herring’s latest print issue (well, actually, two issues prior to the latest one, but online now) has a decent story on mobile TV and th…

Discovery Mobile Goes Live In Europe

Discovery has launched its third-party mobile portal in the UK, which is intended to offer services throughout Europe via WAP, mobile TV and…

Clout And About With Hollywood

Variety has a good background of the mobile content industry in the US and how the telcos are now swinging major deals with the big content…

MTV To Make 3GSM Debut

Worlds are colliding…the attendance of MTV at 3GSM is indicative of the general meeting of the mobile and TV worlds, which until recently…

MobiTV, IPWireless Partner On TDtv Offering

Another partnership to develop mobile TV, this one between MobiTV and IPWireless, which recently recieved an investment from Sprint. The com…

Mobile TV’s Picture Still Fuzzy

Rupert Goodwins has a commentary piece up on mobile TV, an idea he says history has not been kind to…
“With so many variables â

International Growth Of DAB (PDF)

WorldDAB has released the growth of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) in 2005… DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) is based on DAB and wh…

Cingular Eyes DVB-H

Cingular will test chips made by French company DiBcom in PDAs, laptops and mobile phones. The chips are designed to work with the DVB-H mob…

Mobix Interactive Enters US

UK Mobile video vendor Mobix Interactive (which offered a video package for the Live8 event last year) has opened an office in Los Angeles.…

Reuters On Mobile TV

Reuters has done a rehash on the state of worldwide mobile TV, but it’s got some interesting quotes. One person in the Finnish DVB-H trial w…

BT Movio Chooses DRM

British Telecom has chosen the DRM solution for its mobile TV service BT Movio — it has gone with SafeNet’s DRM Fusion. There is an uphill…

More Than Meets The Eye

This is a good analogy for mobile phones in general, considering everything they can do now…but Buongiorno Vitaminic has signed a deal wit…

Rok TV Figures

Rok TV has added 7 Sony Ericsson Java-powered phones to the existing range of Nokia handsets for its streaming TV service, and Rok TV compat…

Startups Bank on Mobile TV

Here’s a story on the start-ups that are attempting to carve out a large slice of the mobile TV pie for themselves. It looks at QuickPlay, R…

Commercializing Consumer-Generated Content

Bango has put its mobile charging solution into Peperoni’s community hosting service to create a mobile solution that allows people to charg…

Movie From Mobile

This is a neat story about a film shot on Sony Ericsson W900i handsets…it’s directed by South African director Aryan Kaganof. Here’s a com…

MTV Networks’ Mobile Move

William H. Roedy, London-based vice-chairman of MTV Networks, has given an interview about the move to mobile and how MTV is handling it…”…

Mobile Animation Originals — An In-Depth Look

This is a long (5-page) article but worth the read if you’re interested in mobile video…especially if you’re on the content side. There’s…

Ignoring Mobile TV Propaganda

An unscientific website survey has found that the majority of people say they don’t want TV on their phones — unsurprising, considering the…

India’s Reliance Unveils Mobile TV

Reliance Infocomm has launched near real-time television on mobile by video-streaming the live telecast of two news channels – Aaj Tak and N…

Sundance Clips on Mobile

Well, technically, only on Sprint. But anyway, Sprint is underwriting the production of Live@Sundance, a series of video segments showcasing…

Clear Channel Joins WNI Network

Clear Channel has joined Weathernews in its WNI Network, which delivers personalized local video programming for weather, news, traffic, and…

CBS Debuts 60-Second Shows; Also On Mobile

CBS is getting serious about mobile video, and has announced an experimental set of original shows for mobile phones, or micro-series, featu…

Regulation Of Mobile TV (reg)

This is a pretty interesting (if dry) article about the status of mobile TV in Canada (based on the MobiTV service, not a broadcast service)…

CBS To Launch Original Mobisoap

And I am going to start throwing up some mobi-suds if they do not stop with this mobi-naming thing…anyway, CBS is launching an original ma…

UPDATE: Mobile TV Market To Boom By 2009

Apparently 1.2 million people in the US watched mobile TV last year with the number expected to increase to 30 million by 2009. The 30 milli…

MediaFlo vs Modeo: Mobile TV Battle

A good primer on streaming mobile TV battle in U.S., though nothing new if you are a regular reader of our site. “Though it’s still too earl…

DivX And Google Team For Mobile Video?

“DivX Google today announced the companies will work together to make Google Video accessible on consumer electronics devices, enabling cons…

Making Home Movies Mobile

Pedagog has launched a service that links allows a mobile phone with IrisPlayer to receive video from an IrisCamera… but the company is go…

The Problem With Free Mobile Content

When Barnabas Road Media launched the free mobile Christian music service CM1 last month it was unprepared for the effect of bandwidth cost…

Will XM Launch DMB Mobile Service in U.S.?

Some speculation following a Banc of America Securities analyst report today on Digital Multimedia Broadcasting and Qualcomm’s efforts in it…

Slingbox Slings Home TV To Mobiles

Sling Media plans to launch a service where consumers can watch the content on their home television on their mobile devices “from anywhere…

LG, Samsung Unveil DVB-H, Media FLO Phone

Korean handset giants LG Electronics and Samsung simultaneously announced they have developed the first handset models based on the DVB-H an…

Broadcast Mobile TV In Japan

There’s a lot of interesting points in this article, once you get past the “gee-whiz mobile TV” bit at the beginning…
“So-called interacti…

Mobile Content Does Well In India

The news out of India seems positive, as reported by our sister site ContentSutra. To summarise…
— The mobile music market in India has b…

Gorillaz To Make Mobile Christmas Speech

Gorillaz will deliver their own version of the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day via mobile phones…which could be seen as subverting the dom…

College Launches Cell Phone Film Contest

An Ithaca College dean has offered a $5,000 to the winner of a competition of 30-second short films shot entirely with a mobile phone. The c…

Samsung Experiments With Film

Samsung Mobile is doing some interesting things with video at the site AnyFilms.net. The first segment is called “Directors Showcase”, and s…

Cameraphone Photo Makes Times “Best Photo”

A big discussion point this year has been the rise of “citizen journalism” with the advent of technologies such as wikis and high-end camera…

MPEG LA Aims At DMB Standard

MPEG LA — which you may know from such hits as the OMA DRM dispute — has issued a call for patents involved in the DMB mobile broadcast TV…

Local News On Mobiles

Enpocket and Internet Broadcasting have partnered to “create the largest source of local news on the mobile Internet”. Enpocket will format…

New Media Will Get Emmy Of Their Own

This was suggested last month and appears to have been finalized…”The New York-based National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will a…

Mobile Video: Present and Future

Mobile video (sort of) arrived in 2005, and 2006 will see the roll-out of mobile TV and give the first idea of how fast uptake will be. This…

More on Cingular-HBO Tis Up: CingularVideo

Some more coherent details on Cingular’s new mobile video service and its tie-up with HBO. It will launch a streaming video service, Cingula…

HBO To Offer Show Clips On Cingular

Again, hyperbole…HBO will start offering some video clips of its shows on Cingular, a news which I skewered a few months ago. There will b…

Amp’d Signs Up With CBS & UPN

Amp’d Mobile has signed a deal with broadcasters CBS and UPN to provide content related to TV shows to Amp’ds customers… “Under the agreem…

Enhance TV For Mobile Urges e-TV Boss

“Brainpool’s e-TV boss Frederic Komp believes the key to future success on the platform will come from enhancing strong TV brands, rather th…

Vodafone Launches Global 3G Mobile TV

Vodafone has announced the launch of its global Mobile TV channels, which will be widely available across Vodafone markets from this month.…

The Chaos Of Swedish Mobile TV

Despite a mobile phone penetration of 110% and 3G network coverage of 98% of the country, mobile (broadcast) TV is not a clear-cut case in S…

Personalized Weather Videos, And More

Weathernews has launched a new service called Weathernews Network, billed in the press release as “the first and only cellular Java applicat…

Interactive Mobile TV Test Is Planned

Norwegian broadcaster NRK and Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson are conducting what they say is the world’s first test of interac…

I Want My Mobile TV! Or Do I?

Now that mobile TV is actually arriving in markets in Europe and the US some of the players are beginning to pull back from hyping the servi…

Reducing Churns With Moblogs

NewBay Software (which makes mobile community applications) has released the results of a 12-month survey of two million subscribers on four…

TV Is Dead, Long Live Video

TV is moving to an on-demand format, different media and different formats… and now even the most cautious players are finally getting on…

Challenges For Mobile TV

Mobile TV is still the talk of the town, although there’s still a fair way to go before we have flawless commercial services — outside of J…

KBS To Start Mobile TV In Korea

The Korean State Broadcaster — KBS — will launch mobile TV services on December 1 using terrestrial DMB technology. It’s touted as “the wo…

Qualcomm Vs Nokia in Mobile TV War

Qualcomm is ready to rol the dice in mobile TV standards war…it is MediaFlo vs DVB-H, and effectively, Qcom vs Nokia. Rob Chandhok , VP of…

Sesame Street

Sesame Street mobile content is being sold at http://mobilestore.sesameworkshop.org, with proceeds going to help fund educational programs a…

MobiTV to Carry Fuse

Fuse, the alternative TV music channel, will offer music-related content to MobiTV’s operator partners…this is in keepign with the TV cha…

Mobile video of TV chef Jamie Oliver

Picturephoning has a piece up on a mobile cooking show of Jamie Oliver — The Naked Chef. “Vodafone customers can sign up for three-minute c…

Alltel, MobiTV Offer Wireless TV Service

Alltel has signed up MobiTV to provide a mobile TV service for the carrier… it will offer “live television broadcasts and made-for-mobile…

Original Lost Episodes on Mobiles

Lost” the hit ABC drama, is being spun-off into a new series for mobiles, report HR. About 20 episodes — each several minutes long — are b…

3 To Premiere Madonna Vid On Mobiles

Madonna is continuing to tie herself to the portable music industry, with a deal between 3 and Warner Music to premier Madonna’s latest sing…

Comedy Time Delivers Jokes for ‘ADD World’

Comedy Time is filming the 26th annual Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition, which runs through Nov. 28, to generate mobile con…

Turner Signs International Deals

Turner Broadcasting System has signed a couple of deals to get its TV shows seen more widely…
Ireland and the UK will be able to access CN…

Digital Challenge To Old-Style TV News

News is changing, going digital, going mobile… “The mighty mainstream media machine cannot insulate itself from the growing chorus of diss…

Channel 4 Offers Popworld Through Rok TV

UK’s Channel 4 has continued its move into the mobile space with a new partner, Rok TV. The music show Popworld will be broadcast immediatel…

The Update on New West

Meawhile, on a slightly more organized effort in social/citizen media, New West, founded by former Industry Standard editor Jonatan Weber, w…

Digg’s Deep Love

Speaking of new sites, Digg has been giving serious competition to Slashdot for the most love tech news community site..it recently received…

Mobile Emmy’s

“The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, best known for handing out the Daytime Emmy Awards, is expected to announce on Tuesda…

Swisscom Mobile Launches Replay TV

Mobile operator Swisscom Mobile has expanded its range of mobile TV services to include replays of certain TV shows. The service, dubbed Rep…

Sony Pictures Digital Brings Movies To Mobiles

Sony Pictures Digital has announced plans to release movies for mobile phones on MMC cards, dubbed the ‘Movies on Memory Cards’ initiative.…

Is Mobile TV Currently Just A Big Love In?

That’s an interesting question posed after a visit to an IIC (International Institute Of Communications) event last week. I’m used to hearin…

Music Videos a Big Hit on Mobile

Music videos have found new life in the past year on the Internet, mobile phones and DVDs, and are helping rescue the ailing music industry,…

MoBlogging In India

Mobile blogging is a difficult thing yet. In India bloggers like Rashmi Bansal have given it up after trying hard (saying it’s hard to do).…

Swisscom Launches DVB-H Trial

Another DVB-H trial is underway, this time in Switzerland…the trial is intended to ascertain the technical requirements of launching a DVB…

Tonight Show Clips on Sprint

NBC’s flagship late night show, the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, will begin making video excerpts of the show available for download by…

National Lampoon Launches Mobile Comedy Content

National Lampoon has entered the mobile space with a $3.99 per month service through selected carriers which offers audio, video, text and g…

Ghost House Picture Launches Mobile Service

Ghost House Pictures — makers of such horror movies as The Grudge and the upcoming Rise — has launched a mobile service just in time for H…

Vodafone Looks To Sky For Mobile TV

Following on from vague predictions yesterday that Vodafone would launch a mobile TV service The Register reports that the company has signe…

Nokia Launches DVB-H Management System

Nokia has launched a commercial service management solution for DVB-H services, the Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution (MBS) 3.0. It’s based on…

The Extra-Large, Ultra-Small Medium

The New York Times has a fairly philosophical piece on advances in television, from super-sized high-definition screen to the tiny mobile on…

Mobile TV Should Add To Other Platforms

Speaking at the US Telecom Association’s TELECOM ’05 convention in Las Vegas, Starz Entertainment Group (SEG) President and CEO Robert B. Cl…

Turner Goes Mobile In India

Turner International India Pvt. Ltd, which owns channels like Cartoon Network and Pogo, has entered into a strategic tie-up with Mobile2win…

TI Executive Outlines Mobile TV Opportunities

Doug Rasor, vice president and manager of Worldwide Strategic Marketing for Texas Instruments, gave the closing keynote at the Society of Br…

Mobile TV Generation: 23 Too Old?

At Mipcom Matt Heiman, CEO and co-founder, Mobix Interactive (UK) claimed that mobile TV was primarily used by young people, 12-22 year olds…

FAQ: The Lowdown On Mobile TV (In The US)

Covers such topics as the difference between live or streaming TV and on-demand TV, video quality and who offers the service and for how muc…

Judging Mipcom Mobile TV

Paul Munford — who sends out the Monty’s Gaming and Wireless Outlook newsletter (sign-up at paul.munford@gmail.com) — was one of the judge…

MTV Launches Mobisode Series Internationally

MTV is getting on the mobisodes bandwagon (did I hear Lucy Hood screaming foul somewhere?): it is launching a new mobile video show series i…

Mobile Content As Popular As TV?

Forbes has picked up on a comment by Endemol U.K.’s chief creative officer, Peter Bazalgette which is that (to quote the article) “In just f…

Ring Tones — The New Protest Songs

This is kind of funny, but an interesting social phenomenon none the less…it seems that there is a growing fad in the US to use ringtones…

In-Fusio Launches SmashTV For Sprint

In-Fusio has launched a video channel, SmashTV, on the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Service.
The SmashTV channel costs $4.99 per month, and…

Opera Opens Mobile Blog

After offering its web browser for free and apparently relying on mobiles for revenue Opera Software has opened a blog site that includes th…

Flatland Notches Up Mobile TV

This is interesting just for the sheer scope… “Flatland, stars Dennis Hopper (E-Ring), Bumper Robinson (White Man’s Burden), Phillip Rhys…

Now Playing On A Tiny Screen

NYT has a look at the making of mobisodes, basing it a lot on the experience of those behind Fox’s 24:Conspiracy series. The first thing we…

Mobiles Bring Dialogue And Revenue To TV

TV stations are looking to interact with their customers more in order to fight a decline in revenue, and of course they’re looking to mobil…

Mobile Talk Dominates MIPCOM Jr. Market

The cost of creating mobile and multiplatform content and the question of how such content should be financed emerged as key themes at this…

3 Australia Tunes Into Mobile TV

I missed this a few days ago…3 Australia has launched a mobile TV service over the mobile network. The service costs 50c for two minutes,…

A Funny Taste Of What’s To Come

I just had a look at the winners and runner-up of the Mobile Comedy Competition 2005 sponsored by the iHollywood Forum and Fun Little Movies…

Mipcom Announces Mobile TV Award Nominees

Mipcom (which we will be doing a special blog for) has announced the nominees for the Mobile TV Screenings & Awards, which attracted 235 ent…

Mobile Videos To Promote Unsigned Artists

ProHipHop is scouting for hip-hop music videos from unsigned artists to feature on a “mobile hip hop network” planned by Mobile Lingo to lau…

Driving Peer-Generated Content

User-generated content is a significant portion of the carriers’ content business, so aiming to increase it is obviously a good idea. Austra…

Verizon Denying Any Deal With Crown Castle

For the mobile TV services…that’s according to this story in Totaltele, which is behind a subscription wall so I can’t say anything beyond…

Digital vs. Actual Memories

User-generated content is expected to be a significant driver of mobile data usage, including such things as life-caching and moblogging, bu…

Festival Celebrates Mobile Phone Movies

The Pocket Film Festival will open this week in Paris, sponsored by Nokia and French mobile operator SFR. The movies were filmed with 3G pho…

Viewers To Stream Live 3G Video Direct To TV

Well, the viewers can stream it live but it won’t be shown live, due to obvious content concerns…”Developed by Two Way TV’s Simcast platfo…

@ We Media: Pictures From It

Where else but on Flickr…all in all, a nice day, but nothing really groundbreaking out of it. I liked the vibe, and API-MediaCenter people…

@ We Media: Gore’s A Blowhard

No, that’s not me saying that, but everyone I spoke to after his speech this morning said so…someone said that now we know he never won: h…

@ We Media: We Media Versus Web 2.0

A very interesting dynamic playing at the We Media conference here in NYC, and one of the reasons why we wanted both of us to be at both the…

@ We Media: We Inc.

Another big media panel at We Media: Scott Rafer (not really big media), former CEO of Feedster; Craig Forman, VP & GM, Yahoo; Jennifer Feik…

@ We Media: Al Gore’s Keynote

Al Gore, former Vice President of U.S. (and now chariman of CurrentTV), is speaking now at the We Media Conference in NYC. He is on a tear,…

@ We Media Conference: Way Too Early

As usual, it is way too early for me…the We Media Conference at NYC has started this morning at the AP building on the west side. Expect…

@ We Media: We Media 2.0, Presented: Audio

AP CEO Tom Curley, CBS Digital Media CEO Larry Kramer, Richard
Sambrook, Director, BBC Global News Division, Farai Chideya, Founder & Edito…

Russians Take Up Mobile Community

Here’s an interesting part of an article…it concerns a mobile community project called Jamango produced by Russian company i-Free, using S…

@CTIA: It’s Cinematic

We said here’s the internet on your cellphone and then we gave them great text. So one of the problems is that people may overhype and dash…

CBS Mulls CSI for Web, Mobile

Following the Fox “mobisodes” mantra, CBS is thinking about it too, with its hit show CSI…Larry Kramer, the president of CBS Digital Media…

Bollywood Is Made For Mobile

Gregg Creevey, senior vice-president for sales and marketing at business news broadcaster, CNBC Asia-Pacific, said at a panel at 3GSM World…

Sprint-Nextel On Data Revenue

Len Lauer, the Chief Operating Officer of Sprint Nextel, has predicted that “the average data contribution for the industry could grow to a…

MECCA: MTV Executive Keynote

Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks music/film/logo group gave a keynote at MECCA…I tried recording it but he has the sort of deep, mel…

Local Video News Service For Mobiles

US TV station WISC-TV (in Wisconsin) has launched a mobile version of its product. The service will initially offer consumers free access to…

TV Genius Provides Guide For ITV Mobile Portal

I guess the need for this sort of thing should have been obvious…”TV search engine TV Genius is supplying the electronic programming guide…

Mobix Finds A New I-mate

Mobile video vendor Mobix Interactive has signed a deal to provide content to i-mate, which makes mobile devices based on Microsoft operatin…

@ DH: Mobile TV: What Do TV Networks Think?

An interesting panel at the Digital Hollywood conference today, focused mainly on how TV networks and other big media companies are looking…

MobiTV’s 500K Subscribers

MobiTV, the mobile TV subscription service running on a few carriers in U.S. ( Sprint PCS, Cingular and several regional carriers), through…

@ DH: Qualcomm MediaFlo Countdown Clock

More from the Digital Hollywood conference: Qualcomm is betting big time ($800 million) on this one: it is reiterating that its mobile strea…

A World Of Digital Dim Sum

“The world is our tapas bar, and mobile TV may just be our next patatas bravas.”
This is an interesting article that makes the argument that…

Mobile Video Goes Behind The Scenes

The talent search TV show “X Factor” will have some mobile video clips produced by Mobile Interactive Group (MIG). “Over the series’ 18 week…

Reuters Launches Mobile Video Service

Reuters has inked a deal with Vodafone UK to put its news and financial videos on Vodafone’s Live portal…”Customers can choose from more t…

Format Wars Over Mobile TV

The BBC does a good job of popping the hype bubble around mobile TV…amongst the bad news:
About the Finnish Mobile TV study: “The 300-stro…

Movies From Mobile Phones

PortoMedia is working with IBM Research to deliver two-hour, DVD-quality movies in just 18 seconds to mobile phones or portable media player…

Popeye And Asterix Mobilize Together

Mobile Data Group will release a range of mobile content based on the comic classics Asterix and Obelix and Popeye at CTIA Wireless and IT E…

First Time Mobile Film Makers

Nokia has teamed up with the Discovery Channel to launch a new website designed to teach first-time film makers how to make films…with emp…

Telenor Ads More Mobile TV With Rubberduck

Norway’s Telenor has deployed Rubberduck Media Lab’s studio:1 platform to bring all live, streamed content from Norway’s three leading telev…

Mobile Issues Challenge To Broadcasters

The mobile market offers a lot of opportunity for content providers, but like all new markets some details have to be ironed out — such as…

SmartVideo Shareholders Want CEO Out

That’s according to an SEC filing by the U.S. mobile video aggregation player SmartVideo. Some jostling on control of the company: “We belie…

Movements In Mobile TV

There’s a fair bit of movement in the field of mobile TV right now…
Swisscom Mobile Expands TV Channel Offering: Swisscom Mobile has expan…

eigoMANGA Partners With Uclick Mobile

Another comic creator has signed a deal to go mobile…eigoMANGA will be working with uclick mobile in the development of manga animations a…

Fashion 360 Showcases Lifeblog

Nokia is promoting its LifeBlog software through the 360 degrees of Fashion project, or on WAP(http://micro.anina.net). The eight participan…

Reinventing Radio: On Phonetags…

This post is definitely worth reading as an example of how “old media” such as radio can make use of “new media”, such as mobile phones and…

Online Social Networking Goes Mobile

This is a good overview of the various online social networks being ported to mobiles, which should do pretty well considering it’s an organ…

Movie-Quote Ringtones Talk Of The Town

It’ll come as no surprise to you that ringtones formed from movie quotes are in the market and doing fairly well…and of course they offer…

Mobile TV Awards At MIPCOM

MIPCOM 2005 (link may not work) will launch Mobile TV Awards on the 19-20 October, during the 21st MIPCOM. This trade show is being put on b…

Sprint & MobiTV Win Industry Award

Sprint and MobiTV have “won historic recognition: The Emmy Engineering Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development from The…

Scotland Supports Mobile Films

Pocket Shorts Scotland (Scottish Screen, Scottish Enterprise and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) will be announ…

BBC Gets The Mobile Picture

The BBC has some more initiatives in the mobile area. There’s the deal with Rok Player to put Red Dwarf and Dr Who on its multi-media card t…

Hope To Participate In Mobile Journeys

Mobile Journeys — an Australian arts initiative dedicated to “exploring the creative potential of mobile devices and to fostering the devel…

MobiTV vs GoTV

(sub. req.): This should be a good boost to both the startups…Barron’s has a good overview story contrasting the approached of the two mo…

I Don’t Want My Mobile TV, Yet

The industry is in a bit of holding pattern, waiting for technology to catch up, says this story, even though the deals on the content side…

Rogers, Bell Offer Mobile TV In Canada

After a delay of several months, Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility in Canada this week rolled out mobile video services…Telus Mobility pla…

MobHappy’s Free Mobile RSS Reader

MobHappy — the blog by Russell Buckley and Carlo Longini — has launched a free mobile RSS reader loaded with 13 essential mobile blogs and…

Wikipedia On Your Cellphone

The JOCA interactive media platform has put Wikipedia on mobile phones via GPRS…the service is offered for free (except bandwidth charges,…

‘Choice V CAST Award’ At Teen Choice Awards

The upcoming 2005 Teen Choice Awards includes a new category — the Choice V CAST Award — which “gives teens the opportunity to recognize t…

Cinema-quality Mobiles In 12 Months

“The first cinema-quality film to be shot using a mobile phone will be completed within the next 12 months, technology analysts have predict…

YooMedia And 3UK Launch Mobile Video Dating

YooMedia and 3UK have launched a mobile phone video dating service which allows users to sign-up, create a profile and review prospective pa…

Finnish DVB-H Trial Had Positive Results

Nokia has claimed the first results from its trial of the mobile broadcast TV technology DVB-H in Finnland earlier this year were positive..…

Big Brother Big Business For 3

This story reads a bit like an ad for 3, but there are some interesting stats hidden at the bottom…”In the first month of this year’s prog…

Court TV Goes Mobile

CourtTV’s video will be on SmartVideo’s mobile TV aggregation service. The service will consist of four different channels. Court TV News co…

MPEG-LA Begins DVB-H Licensing Process

MPEG-LA, the patent organization which is still arguing with the mobile industry over the licensing price of the OMA DRM standard, has indic…

Europe Adds DMB To Mobile TV Handbag

The European Telecommunications Standard Institute (ETSI) has approved the DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) standards for the delivery…

Mobile TV Service To Launch in Mexico

Mexican telcos are gearing up for mobile TV services: Iusacell, owned by media and retail billionaire Carlos Salinas, will be the first to r…

Mis-using Social Networking

No sooner did Google co-founder Sergey Brinn rave about social network Orkut during the 2Q05 earnings call then Orkut popped up again — thi…

Opera Telecom Launches Mobile Magazine

“Opera Telecom has launched a downloadable mobile magazine featuring music videos and realtones from Universal’s stable of artists…The mag…

Cinema Ban For Mobiles In War On Film Pirates

This is taking the definition of copyright piracy to ridiculous extremes…mobile phones will be temporarily confiscated during movie screen…

Australian DVB-H Trial Starts

The trial of DVB-H broadcasting technology by Australia’s incumbent telco Telstra is due to start next week. There’s not a lot new in the ar…

Head Zup!

It’s too early to deal with this…Head Zup claims to be the world’s first comic strip blog for video enabled mobile phones. In there own wo…

Cameraphones In The News

Picturephoning has put up a series of posts on cameraphones and their impact on news services…I don’t know whether to call it a round-up o…

KPN Tests Mobile TV

Dutch telco KPN has started trials of a DVB-H broadcast mobile TV. The company plans on broadcasting “normal TV” that is broadcast using DVB…

Forrester On Mobile TV

Forrester Research has released a report titled The Right Model for Mobile TV. Forrester is reasonably upbeat about mobile TV if its package…

"Flavor Of The Moment" MySpace.com

To get a sense of the current power of social network site MySpace.com, consider this item in today’s LA Times: Last May only two sites — Y…

Mobile Video: The Last Eyeballs

Some interesting stats in an article about the horrors of mobile TV…
“That interest is fueled by what ABI Research says could be a $27 bil…

Sharing As The Next Web Phase

In case you haven’t noticed, the version of the web now in progress features the “s” word an awful lot: Sharing. Photos, subscription lists,…

Looney Mobile Tunes

Warner Bros will be launching the Looney Tunes and Friends mobile video channel with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety, who will soon be joi…

Mobile TV In India Soon?

The article says mobile TV (also called digital video broadcasting-hand-held or DVB-H) may be launched in India soon. Subash Chandra’s Zee g…

Direct Your Own Muvee

Muvee Technologies — which has its Movie Director application embedded onto some Nokia handsets — has teamed up with Bango to offer the ap…

All-You-Can-Eat Mobile Music Video Service

3 Scandinavia is in the process of launching an “all-you-can-eat” music subscription service that sounds pretty good — if the network can h…

MultiChoice To Launch Mobile TV In Africa

Multichoice has announced it will begin trials of mobile television in Africa in August 2005, using the DVB-H technology. Nolo Letele, CEO o…

Uni By Mobile

Some Australian universities are considering providing recordings of lectures in a format suitable for mobile phones. “Flinders University m…

Downloads Land At Video Island

U.K. online DVD rental service Video Island has signed a deal with Mobix Interactive and iFilm to hasten its move into movie and ringtone do…

Swedish TV4 News On Mobile Phones

“Swedish TV4 has launched a free live TV channel and video clips on Telia’s mobile portal, SurfPort. This makes TV4 a first mover when it co…

Mobile Video: Not Just For Grown-Ups

Mobile operators are aware of the opportunity in providing content aimed at children, but in this post-Crazy Frog world are nervous about ac…

The Movie Theater In Your Pocket

A couple of mainstream papers have put up articles on the nascent mobile short film industry…BusinessWeek has avoided the “Telly-Phone” de…

Starz To Launch Mobile Movies In a Year

In an overview story on mobile movies in BW, a nugget: Starz Entertainment plans to try fitting some of its movies on cell phones in the nex…

Multimedia Broadcast Technology Selected

3GPP, a consortium for developing 3G mobile communications standards (3rd Generation Partnership Project) has selected Digital Fountain’s DF…

Enter The Blogarazzi Era

“Since Hutchison launched mobile blogging services at its British operations last month, star-struck 3G users have discovered a new pastime:…

Increased Compression For Video

Pixe, a subsidiary of Melbourne-based moving image group, Blaze International, has announced a new compression technology that — in conjunc…

New 3G Mobile Film Channel

Mobile entertainment provider Wildwave and the Darklight Film Festival have joined forces to launch The Wildlight Channel, a new movie chann…

Handset Hassles For TV On Phones

Or, Livetime explained…the story went around the press on the weekend that BT would be launching a series of radio stations for mobile han…

Buzzing Over MySpace.com

MySpace.com keeps popping up all over lately and now MarketWatch’s Bambi Francisco says the “co-called social networking site” ruled the hiv…

@ MEM: MobiTV Can Do No Wrong

This is not necessarily an observation from just this conference…over the last year, the US-based mobile video aggregator MobiTV has becom…

@ MEM: The Year of Mobile Video

Out of the three tracks going on at MEM conference here in London–mobile music, mobile gamed and mobile video–mobile video is by far the h…

@ MEM: Price Harmonization in Mobile Video

Peter Cowley, the director of interactive media at Endemol UK (one of the biggest TV production houses..they just started streaming Big Brot…

Mobile Video Clips to Receive Ratings

The South Korean government is trying to crack down on various types of violence, and as a result has decided to legislate a law that places…

Mobisodes Reserve Room At Duke City

“Mobisodes are being recognized with their own category in Christopher Coppola’s Duke City Shootout… Participants will be assigned a speci…

TiVoToGo Gets Off Ground With Mobile TV

The team of TiVo, Microsoft and Intel — with a little help from American Airlines — have launched their joint effort. The TiVoToGo feature…

3G Services On 2G Handsets?

UK-based Infinite Solutions has announced the launch of TATO which it claims can deliver “high-quality, multi-media services such as video a…

MicroTuner For Mobile TV

Microtune has released the MT2260 DVB-H tuner chip to allow people to view TV on their mobiles. “The MT2260 measures 6 square millemeters an…

Duran Duran Streams Backstage Footage

Duran Duran are streaming backstage footage and tour video in support of their sold out concert in Norway.
“The project created by World Mo…

3 Under Fire For High BB Streaming Costs

3UK is charging 75p per minute to view streams of Big Brother, which is slightly on the far side of excessive. “Mobile365 UK country manager…

Another Mobile TV Broadcasting Technology

“Technoprises has entered into an agreement with CelluCast Technologies to commercialize new and improved solution and applications for cell…

Siemens MicroMovie Award Winner

The Siemens MicroMovie competition was run at the St Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia last week, with the audience voting on 12 f…

Interview With MobiTV Exec

Ray DeRenzo, former Chief Marketing Officer of Vodafone America’s Global Platform and Internet Services Group, joined Idetic as VP of EMEA…

Digital TV Cell Phone Test Drive

Wireless Watch Japan has a video clip of the technology Vodafone and KDDI hope to use to send digital terrestrial broadcasting to mobile pho…

Virgin Mobile Plans TV Service

“Virgin Mobile is planning to launch a television service that will allow customers to watch a range of digital channels and even record pro…

3G TV: Too Little, Too Soon

Will the current launch of mobile TV services hinder the uptake when the carriers launch the full service? The Register thinks so. “Despite…

Fox Launching Cross-Division Mobile Unit

The company is launching Fox Mobile Entertainment, a cross-division unit within its TV studio. The new division will develop original conten…

SmartVideo Adds E! To Service

SmartVideo Technologies and E! Entertainment Television, the world’s largest producer and distributor of entertainment news and lifestyle-re…

Update: Make Your Own Watchtone

Dutch company Makayama Software has released WatchTones, which are basically video ringtones. However, Makayama is selling WatchTones Studio…

3UK Launches Mobile Video Download Chart

3UK has teamed up with Kiss 100 to launch a music video download chart show, like a countdown. “Each Saturday morning between 10am and 12 no…

Online Music Is Mobile Music

For a while there has been a differentiation in the press between “online music” and “mobile music”, a distinction which is becoming more an…

3 Launches Mobile Blogging Service

3UK has launched a moblogging service in partnership with Yospace, which announced the launch of its service a few weeks ago. This is not th…

Fun Little Movies Signs Deal With SmartVideo

Fun Little Movies is launching its newest outlet with SmartVideo Technologies, which will carry its short videos in an FLM channel. “The add…

Orange Mobile TV Set For Launch

Orange will launch its mobile TV service — Orange TV — next week on its 3G network. “To use the service, customers need to download the TV…

Delivering Next-Generation Mobile Content

IST Results has put out a story about the MAESTRO project which aims to harness “satellite technology together with existing 3G UMTS network…

20,000 Mobile TV Customers In Two Weeks

TU Media, an offshoot of the largest mobile operator in Korea — SK Telecom, has crowed that 20,000 people have signed up to its satellite-b…

Carriers Mum On Mobile Phone Television

Everyone is talking about TV on mobile phones, and hyping the hell out of their particular service in the hopes it will be the one which cat…

Mobile Operators Fight DRM Corner

The Register has run a piece over the current fight between the mobile industry (represented by GSMA) and the DRM industry (personfied by MP…

Short Codes Pave Way For Video Content

The Feature hosts are good argument as to why video shortcodes will create a boom in the video content market. “Video shortcodes are the sim…

Nokia Releases Specs For Mobile TV Handsets

Nokia will make the air interface specifications (which specify how mobile TV terminals interconnect with the network end of the mobile TV s…

Ericsson Demo’s Interactive Mobile TV

At the Milia tradeshow earlier this month, Ericsson demo’d an application that enables interactive TV on mobile phones that are equipped to…

!Cellphedia — Wiki Goes Mobile

Textually.org has linked to a new service called Cellphedia, which is sort of like a wiki (a web application that allows users to post and e…

37 Signals Launches New Sticky Site

From the creators of Basecamp comes Backpack, a Web-based personal information manager for individuals and small busineses. (It’s described…

More Mobile TV Initiatives

MobuzzTV, a spanish mobile content producer, has announced the launch of a “daily video magazine for 3G mobile phones”. I like the descripti…

Interactive TV On Mobiles

According to Ericsson the main benefit of TV on mobile phones is not the mobility, but the interactivity. “TV broadcasters are yet to warm t…

Audio: MediaFlo’s TV Plans

At the Mobile Media conference earlier last week, organized by the Media Center, Jeff Lorbeck, VP and GM for MediaFLO (Qualcommm’s subsidiar…

US Market For Streaming TV on Mobiles

Couple of good stories explaining the competitive scenario of streaming TV to mobiles, using technologies like DVB-H and DVB-T…the players…

MobiTV Nabs Former Virgin Mobile USA Exec

MobiTV creator Idetic announced Dave Whetstone has joined the team as its chief marketing officer. Whetstone’s claim to fame is his role in…

500 Channels on Your Mobile Phone?

Despite a lack of strong evidence that people are willing to watch and — more importantly — pay for TV on their mobile phones it seems tha…

3 Australia Gets Gold For Exercise Video

Last week 3 Australia “received the equivalent of a gold record for mobile phones for 35,000 downloaded copies of Eric Prydz’s music video C…

Movies On Mobiles — Here At Last?

ROK has signed a deal with Granada Ventures to put ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ on mobile phones. The press release claims it is the first fea…

Video-Phone Feeds Getting Into Mainstream Media

There’s some interesting stuff going on in Italy…not only do they have 1 million 3G mobiles but Telecom Italia has been heavily promoting…

3G Film Festival Rules Published

Silver Screen Studios has released the rules for its 3G film contest, which has a first prize of US$500 and a 3G phone (PDF). They’re pretty…

MEF Scores Hampster Dance

Mobile Entertainment Factory (MEF) in partnership with ZYX Music has scored the rights to bring the Hampsterdance to mobile phones. The rel…

Bitfilm Festival Seeks Ringvideo Submissions

Ringtonia has pointed to a competition to create video ringtones, with a 1,500 euro prize. From the website: “Why use just an acustic ringto…

Fox News Live On Sprint

Sprint has signed a deal with Fox to give its customers the opportunity to watch continuous live Fox News Channel programming nationwide on…

Cellcasting Costs Providers $100 per Month

That’s a very interesting figure, and I’m sure slightly controversial: Cellcasting, the streaming of audio or video to a cell phone costs s…

Disney Wants Edgier Brands On Mobiles

Staci D. Kramer over at our sister publication PaidContent.org has interviewed Larry Shapiro, EVP business development and operations and GM…

Ascent, Sony Sign Deal to Digitize Movies, TV

Ascent Media Group, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Hewlett Packard have signed an agreement to move Sony’s film and TV production to digita…

Microsoft To Protect Mobile TV

Crown Castle Mobile Media (a subsidiary of Crown Castle International Corp) has announced it’s gone with Microsoft for its broadcast TV, and…

The Next Frontier: Telephones for Toddlers

Producers of children’s TV shows are gearing up to offer mobile content suitable for toddlers — “you can’t ignore the convenience factor wh…

Mobile Shorts At Malaga Film Festival

Picturephoning has linked to another competition that requires making a two-minute film using your mobile phone…”users must take pictures,…

MipTV Gives Mobile TV A Big Push

Thanks to the MIPTV/MILIA audiovisual and digital content trade show everyone is talking about TV on mobile phones. The general concensus se…

Canadian Operators To Launch Mobile TV

Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility, two of the largest operators in Canada, have tied up with US company Idetic (operator of MobiTV), to laun…

Executives At MIPTV See Content Going Mobile

MipTV was invaded by mobile phone companies this year, and the TV guys are becoming interested. “We spent most of last year trying to pitch…