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3 UK has announced the launch of a new mobile TV section of the portal called 3 on Demand. The new area, which is managed by Mobix Interactive, brings a host of new content together with all of 3’s streaming TV channels (3 Live) and the existing Sky mobile TV offering.Subscribers will pay between £1.29 and £1.99 for a week’s access to an episode. Delivered by Mobix’s Adrenalin platform, users will enjoy functionality allowing them to pause and resume without the need for a new client application.
Alex Woodhams, Product Manager at 3 UK, said, “We feel the range of content that we are offering coupled with the strength of our 3G network creates an unrivalled mobile TV proposition. 3 on Demand can deliver a wide range of high quality full length TV shows in a flexible manner that allows users to pause and later resume shows where they left off.
Slingmedia has signed up Apple and BlackBerry to its mobile TV service. The company is behind one of the big hopes for wireless innovation in 2009, Slingbox, which allows customers to watch and control TV channels on their home TV while on the move and even when in other countries.The service effectively pulls television content onto a laptop or mobile phone anywhere in the world, as long as it can access an internet connection. SlingMedia recently joined forces with Apple to bring Slingbox to the 3G iPhone, as well as several BlackBerry and Palm handsets.
Around half a million people around the world have already downloaded the ‘SlingPlayer’ mobile application onto their handset, according to SlingMedia. SlingPlayer Mobile launched in 2006 as part of an exclusive deal with 3 on X-Series handsets.
The Hong Kong government will relax the rules on cross-media ownership to issue two mobile TV licences by the middle of next year with the aim of seeing services rolled out by the end of 2010. Permanent Secretary for the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (CEBD), Duncan Pescod, yesterday said the two licences, covering 20 and six channels respectively, will require operators to roll out services within 18 months and must reach at least 50% of the population. ‘Mobile TV exemplifies technological advancement and media convergence. The market worldwide has called for timely response from governments and regulators to facilitate the launch and growth of this innovative service,’ he said. Half the channels within the winners’ spectrum must be used for mobile TV services while the rest can be used for non-mobile services such as digital audio broadcasting or datacasting. According to a CEBD spokeswoman, successful bidders will be able to set their own prices for consumer use, and though the new medium will be regulated by laws, including the Obscene and Indecent Articles Ordinance, and via codes of practice for self- regulation by operators, it will not be bound by restrictions of cross-media ownership.
Poland’s four mobile operators have united to bid for a DVB-licence. According to Wirtualne Media, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa (PTC), P4 (Play), Polkomtel and PTK Centertel (Orange) will each hold a 25% stake in the new joint venture. The move follows a ruling last week by Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) that said it would not be anti-competitive. The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) is currently holding a tender for a spectrum licence to broadcast DVB-H services; applications are due on 15 January 2009.