Ericsson bolsters its media content with Red Bee acquisition

Swedish technology provider Ericsson announced its intention to acquire media services company Red Bee Media for a yet undisclosed sum.

Whilst still a very much relevant vendor of telecommunications and networking equipment, media services has never been a field of Ericsson’s. This was left somewhat down to joint venture with Sony; in aptly-named Sony Ericsson, until the companies separated last year.

Quite how Ericsson plans to use the expansion, or for how much they were willing to pay, is not yet...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Smart TV.

Streaming movies whilst still in theatres, enough to combat piracy?

Piracy is an issue which has plagued studios of various mediums for years, and controversially, sometimes helps to push boundaries, as was the case with the music industry. Now Disney and Sony wish to do the same with film and are trialling streaming brand-new titles whilst they’re in theatres.

First, let’s take a look at how music rose, fell, and has got back stronger than ever.

When music had to be obtained from your local record shop; you had to think long and hard about which artist...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Entertainment, Government, Industry, Licensing, Mobile, Piracy.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

Forget IM, is Skype’s Video Messaging the next disruptor?

Currently many carriers, operators and journalists are discussing how the rise of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage will affect traditional SMS usage, and add to the infrastructure costs for supporting increasing demand for data.

But we could be missing the mark: what if Skype’s video messaging should cause them concern?

 

We’re all used to voicemail; it’s a convenient technology which has been around for decades and still going strong today. You ring someone; leave a...

Billion WebRTC endpoints forces players to adapt or die

white-moth.jpgFrom an evolutionary standpoint regardless of whether we talk about nature or business, adaptation is a key to success in changing environments.During the industrial revolution in London a species of moth with a white color blended in with the bark of the local trees until soot from the nearby factories turned the trees black. Some darker moths were now camouflaged in the dark trees...

By Rich Tehrani, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Infrastructure, IPTV, Networks, VoiP.

TargetSpot shows successful internet radio advertising

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Case Studies Highlight Results in Ad Recall and Response, Brand Awareness and Purchase Intent

NEW YORK - TargetSpot, the largest Digital Audio advertising network, released the results of Digital Audio advertising campaigns for Auto, Retail, Banking, and Insurance advertisers, showcasing the effectiveness of the medium across these key advertising categories.The results reinforce that Digital Audio is a very powerful medium for advertisers and brands to connect with their target audiences and achieve their marketing objectives. They illustrate Internet...

By Otilia Otlacan, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Marketing, Research.

YouView hits 400k – Android app, Internet channels on the way

YouView is a fairly new set-top box in the UK, established through partnership with all the major networks.

Despite this, CEO Richard Halton has announced the service has hit 400,000 users and that expansion to internet channels along with a new Android app is on the way.

The TV service is provided through a collaboration between broadcasting heavyweights; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Alongside these, other partners include BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva, so needless to say YouView has the backing for...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, Mobile, Satellite.

Mobile delivered digital content will reach $65 billion

The forward-looking outlook for the savvy leaders in the progressive digital media industry is very bright. The mobile owning public is now aware that mobile devices can be used to perform tasks beyond voice and text -- in North America nearly 65 percent of mobile handsets were used to access mobile entertainment services in 2012; 75 percent were used to browse the Internet. In Western Europe the comparable figures were 47 percent and 65 percent respectively. Annual revenue generated from digital content delivered to mobile phones and media...

By David H. Deans, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Infographic, Mobile.

Upside for multi-screen video delivery via gateways

This year, many broadband service providers in developed markets will have to make a strategic choice -- just cut costs and plan to report more pay-TV subscriber losses, or seek ways to offer greater value-added services and make the required investment in infrastructure. Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest market study which delves into service provider strategies for deploying residential gateways, the applications driving their deployments, and their top picks for residential gateway vendors, services, technologies, and associated features. "Operators continue to morph their fixed broadband network strategies to focus not only on the size...

By David H. Deans, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, Multi Screen, Operators.

Virtual Coins – what will this mean for the payments space?

Forget £, $, €, or the whole host of other international currencies, the new kid on the block is virtual currencies; which live on the web and in our virtual wallets.

The latest to launch is Amazon Coins; used for app, game, and in-app purchases on Amazon’s app store.

 

But what are the advantages over standard currency? The main benefit for consumers is discounts. 100 “coins” on Amazon is equivalent to $1, whereas 500 will cost $4.80 (a 4% saving) with more gift cards...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Entertainment, Industry, Marketing, Security.