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TIA 2011: Verizon, TBS make the pitch for TV Everywhere

DALLAS — Bringing some entertainment flavor to TIA 2011, executives from Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. shared the stage here to talk about how they're working to deliver programming across as many distribution channels and device types as possible."I put...

@ MBB Atlanta: NBA Digital poster child for benefits, challenges of mobile video content

ATLANTA – Seemingly a match made in heaven, mobile content and sports have been one of the constant bright spots in the mobile industry since phones were able to transmit data services. And while the gluttony of mobile video services has been a boon...

Ericsson launches mobile banking services

L.M. Ericsson (ERIC) launched its own mobile financial services business today, offering mobile operators, financial institutions and others with a mobile money services that it said can be connected to a real-time, cross-border, cross-currency switching network.Ericsson Money Services and its Money Interconnect Service is...

@The Cable Show: Mobile is little more than an after-thought

LOS ANGELES – After spending the last three days up close and personal with the cable industry at its big annual affair, I'm disappointed to report that mobile was hard to find. The wireless innovations and news I’d hoped to see were simply not...

What the horse racing industry can teach us about the future structure of wireless: With a Special Bonus Mortal Lock Kentucky Derby Pick* (Maybe)

Editor's Note: Welcome to Reality Check, a feature for RCR Wireless News' weekly e-mail service, Mobile Content and Culture. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile content industry to give their insights into the marketplace. In the coming weeks look...

Verizon Wireless on board to distribute Cartoon Network-branded games

Cartoon Network has inked a partnership with Smashing Ideas to develop and distribute a variety of Cartoon Network-branded mobile games, animated screensavers and wallpapers. Verizon Wireless is the first operator on board to carry the catalog, beginning today.Smashing Ideas will distribute the Cartoon Network...

Cities unwired: Muni Wi-Fi plans remain in limbo

Silicon Valley-the country's hub of innovation and technology-is home to more than 2.4 million people and a group of businesses that read like a who's who of the dotcom darlings. Yet, for all the money and societal changes that were born from the area,...

Nokia goes it alone with ‘Ovi’ line of services

Nokia Corp. outlined a surprisingly aggressive direct-to-consumer strategy comprising music, games, maps and social-networking offerings across both PCs and mobile phones.The manufacturer introduced Ovi-which means "door" in the Finnish company's native tongue-at its Nokia Go Play event in London this morning. The portal will...

Carriers not equal in innovation

So who exactly are the innovators leading the pack in wireless entertainment?It depends who you ask.Few agreed to be identified as they talked about their experiences with carriers, for fear of upsetting their bedfellows, but the bulk of feedback RCR Wireless News gathered does...

A&E Mobile channels go to MobiTV

A&E Television Networks has struck its first carriage deal for its made-for-mobile channels A&E Mobile and the History Channel Mobile with MobiTV."We believe our audiences are skewing younger, and we want to have our programming available to consumers in different platforms," said Paul Jelinek,...

Ericsson eyes billing with $417M LHS acquisition

Infrastructure giant L.M. Ericsson announced it will pay around $417 million for German billing company LHS AG, a move that could pit Ericsson directly against telecom billing heavyweights like Amdocs Ltd. and Convergys Corp."Operators are quickly moving towards convergent charging and billing solutions to...

Ericsson rolls out CNN promotion effort

L.M. Ericsson's courtship of Turner Broadcasting System International continues to roll on; CNN International, of which Turner is the parent, plans to air six, 60-minute films exploring technology in the future that will be sponsored by the infrastructure powerhouse.The "Just Imagine" series is set...

Mozilla’s Joey allows users to create their own mobile deck

Mozilla Corp. is looking to Joey to help untangle the wireless Web.The Mountain View, Calif.-based developer is toying with a service that allows users of its Firefox browser to store content on a remote server. Firefox users can save pages on the server, which...

Ericsson bites off more of Tandberg

L.M. Ericsson announced that it has completed its public cash offer to acquire all remaining shares of Norway's Tandberg Television. A finalized settlement for shares submitted in the offer is expected to close this week.Immediately following the settlement, Ericsson plans to proceed with a...

Mobile TV check up

ORLANDO, Fla.-Mobile television is still in its infancy-mostly gaining traction among early adopters and primarily young men-but the subscriber base has more than doubled from 3 million to about 7 million users in the past year, Kanishka Agarwal, vice president of mobile media at...

Mobile TV state of industry

ORLANDO, Fla.-Mobile television is still in its infancy-mostly gaining traction among early adopters and primarily young men-but the subscriber base has more than doubled from 3 million to about 7 million users in the past year, Kanishka Agarwal, vice president of mobile media at...

Turner Broadcasting: Striving for third-screen content partnerships

From its recent partnership with L.M. Ericsson to develop and deliver its suite of news and entertainment content to the handheld to a variety of other collaborative efforts that reflect the company's forward-thinking strategies in the arena, it's clear that Turner Broadcasting System Inc....

Ericsson makes hostile bid for Tandberg Television

L.M. Ericsson bid $1.4 billion in cash in a hostile move to acquire Norway's Tandberg Television.The Swedish infrastructure company, which is moving aggressively into the digital content space, topped a previous offer from Arris Group Inc., an Atlanta-area provider of cable equipment. Tandberg's directors...

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Bring on the cast from Foster's Home for Imaginary FriendsCartoon Network New Media announced the development of CallToons, a mobile application that allows cellphone users to select their favorite Cartoon Network or Adult Swim character to essentially replace the general theme of their device.CallToons,...

Cartoon Network: CallToons app to be ‘all-encompassing entertainment platform’

Cartoon Network New Media fans have another reason to smile this Valentine's Day. The network has announced the development of CallToons, a new mobile application that allows cellphone users to select their favorite Cartoon Network or Adult Swim character to essentially replace the general...

BEYOND THE NETWORK: Ericsson snares Turner content deal

INFRASTRUCTURE POWERHOUSE L.M. ERICSSON became the latest network maker to try its hand in the content arena. Ericsson, the world's largest equipment manufacturer, announced a partnership with Turner Broadcasting System International to develop and deliver Turner's suite of news and entertainment content to the...

MAKING MADE FOR MOBILE: Wireless firms continue push for exclusive content for cellphones

Amp'd Mobile Inc. continued to expand its impressive content portfolio, inking deals with actor Jack Black and "24" producer Howard Gordon to offer original, made-for-mobile programming. The news stands atop a number of similar agreements signed in recent days, which may indicate that made-for-mobile...

Nokia goes direct to consumers with Cartoon Network content

LONDON-Nokia Corp. is teaming with Turner Broadcasting to offer content from the Cartoon Network directly to wireless users. Subscribers will be able to browse and download games, video clips and other offerings from a dedicated mobile storefront via the Nokia Content Discoverer client, which...

Nokia goes direct to consumers with Cartoon Network content

LONDON—Nokia Corp. is teaming with Turner Broadcasting to offer content from the Cartoon Network directly to wireless users. Subscribers will be able to browse and download games, video clips and other offerings from a dedicated mobile storefront via the Nokia Content Discoverer client, which...

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