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News from February, 2011

Tickets, coupons among uses for tap-to-pay phones

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

YAHOO! Finance – Peter Svensson

Floodgates open for tap-to-pay phones that could act as tickets, coupons

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cell phones are usually used to communicate with people far away. This year, they’ll get the ability to do the opposite: communicate with things that are close enough to touch.

It may not sound immediately useful, but phones will get some surprising capabilities with the addition of chips for so-called Near Field Communications, a wireless technology with a range intentionally limited to just a few inches.

The phones will be able to talk to payment terminals designed for “smart cards,” replacing credit and debit cards. They could be used as mass transit passes. You could tap two phones together to exchange contact information.  (Full Article)

Video: MobiTV CEO Says Tablets Are The “Gamechanger” For Mobile TV Services

Monday, February 21st, 2011 – Ingrid Lunden

At Mobile World Congress last week I had a chance to catch up with Charlie Nooney, the CEO of MobiTV, to talk about some of the fails we’ve seen in mobile TV services, why he thinks white-label services are the way forward, and how tablets can catapult mobile TV players into multi-screen video providers. (video after the jump)

Overall the company said it delivered 1.5 billion minutes of mobile video in 2010, growing 59 percent over the year before.

Within that, there is a direct relationship between screen size and how much a person seems to want to watch. During last year’s World Cup coverage, MobiTV said that viewers watching coverage on devices with five-inch screens watched an average of 118.2 average minutes of coverage; four-inch screen users watched 102.2 minutes; three-inch screen users, an average of 67.4 minutes; and two-inch screen users watched 61.1 minutes. MobiTV is hoping that its news tablet interface will follow this trend, and help it along in its ambition to become a gateway of sorts for all TV viewing.  (Full Article)

MobiTV, Inc. Awarded Top Honours for Mobile TV in the Juniper Research Future Mobile Awards

Monday, February 14th, 2011

MobiTv – Press Release

MobiTV, Inc., today announced that it has won the Mobile TV award in this year’s Juniper Research Future Mobile Awards for Mobile Entertainment. The Awards are given to companies that have made a significant contribution to their sector and are poised to make considerable market impact in the future.

MobiTV was the first company to bring live TV to mobile devices and continues to lead a growing industry. The company has leveraged its mobile expertise and extended it to create a converged solution with a platform that is capable of delivering media to any device, any operating system and any network. The company recently added the Dell Streak 7 tablet from T-Mobile to the portfolio of connected devices featuring mobile TV applications powered by MobiTV AMP (Accelerated Media Platform). MobiTV also powers several mobile TV applications for the iPad, including MobiNOW and UFC Mobile.

The panel of judges commented, “Displaying an unrivalled combination of market awareness and high quality content offered via a range of innovative business models, MobiTV has consistently demonstrated why it is the most successful provider of streamed mobile TV services in the world. The company’s range of smartphone applications has helped push awareness of mobile TV services into the mainstream.”  (Full Article)

MobiTV, Inc. Powering TV on Tablets

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

PRNewswire – United Business Media

MobiTV, Inc. expands its industry leading reach, adding the Dell Streak 7 tablet from T-Mobile to the arsenal of connected devices featuring mobile TV applications powered by MobiTV’s technology platform. In addition to the Dell Streak 7, which features T-Mobile TV powered by MobiTV Accelerated Media Platform (AMP), MobiTV also powers several mobile TV applications for the iPad, including MobiNOW and UFC Mobile.

Rapidly increasing demand and expansion across mobile devices and operating systems resulted in a 59 percent increase in average monthly minutes viewed on MobiTV, Inc.’s platform in 2010 versus the prior year. On average, more than 10,000 files travel through MobiTV AMP daily for encoding, optimization and distribution to hundreds of devices over 3G, 4G and WiFi networks, culminating in 1.5 billion minutes of mobile video delivered in 2010.

MobiTV Inc.’s growth leads a growing industry. According to ABI research, the mobile television industry is predicted to exceed $20 billion by 2015, while a study from the Nielsen Company showed a 44 percent increase in mobile video viewing in 2010. This acceleration of mobile viewing has its roots in the proliferation of smartphones, more robust wireless networks, and now tablets, exploding onto the market with a form factor much more conducive to consuming mobile entertainment.  (Full Article)