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News from March, 2011

Talking Tech: MobiTV CEO on mobile TV viewing growth

Monday, March 28th, 2011

USA TODAY – Jefferson Graham

Know anyone who watches TV on their mobile phone? Well, it may not be something you see every day, but lots of folks are doing it. MobiTV, which pioneered the concept of watching TV on small screens, has signed up some 15 million folks to subscribe to its mobile viewing service, which is seen on some 300 phones and two tablets, the iPad and the Dell Streak.Charlie Nooney, CEO of MobiTV, sat down with USA TODAY recently at its Emeryville, Calif., headquarters, to discuss MobiTV’s growth.  (Watch Interview)

As FLO Dies, Is Mobile TV Buried With It? MobiTV Says Watch This

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Forbes – Michael Humphrey

UPDATE: MobiTV clarified this morning that it powers U-verse Live TV for AT&T, not AT&T U-verse Mobile. It is also noted in the answer below.

Yesterday marked the unceremonious ending of FLO TV, Qualcomm’s attempt to bring television to its phones.

“It turned out that people didn’t want to watch TV on a handset,” said Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, who sold the FLO spectrum to AT&T to build its LTE network. (Explainer here.)

Well, people do want to watch, says Charlie Nooney, CEO of MobiTV, which provides a television platform for RIM, BREW, Java, Android, iPhone, WebOS, WinMo, Palm among others. Nooney points to millions of hours of watching via their platform last year and bandwidth notching up its G’s (see explainer), as signs for hope.  (Full Article)

Brandon Boyd, Hurley Target Pollution

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Spin Magazine

Incubus singer Brandon Boyd (above left) joined Bob Hurley on Thursday (March 24) to release a new set of Hurley tees and tanks with an original drawings from Boyd, depicting a whale taking bottles out of the ocean. The clothing items range in price from $28 to $32 and are available here.

The singer and brand are working with non-profit H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere) on their creation. The party celebrated their work together at the Seathos Headquarters in Venice. Despite rainy weather, actors Eric Balfour and Michelle Rodriguez, photographer Brian Bowen Smith, Seathos founders Chris Jensen and Michael Schwab, and Seathos ambassador Danny Moder were also in attendance. (Full Article)

Brandon Boyd Art Benefits Charity at Venice

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Santa Monica Mirror – Katherine Peach

Incubus Singer and Hurley Raise Awareness Through Clothing

The world’s oceans are home to more than 97 percent of all life on Earth. Yet, those resources are dwindling from over-fishing and pollution— a majority from land-based activities. Activist and Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd partnered with surf brand Hurley to raise funds and awareness about ocean conservation with a limited edition clothing line.

More than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean for their primary source of protein, yet as many as 70 percent of global fisheries are at or beyond their capacity, according to the Seathos Foundation. Seathos, which promotes global awareness and ocean conservation, hosted Boyd and Hurley to promote awareness of the human impact on the world’s oceans at its headquarters located on 1212 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

Attendees crammed into Seathos’ three-story space to preview Boyd’s artwork and the art-inspired clothing line. Portions of the sales from the limited edition fashions will benefit H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere), a non-profit that involves artists to support social projects around the world.  (Full Article)

Seaside Residents Raise the Bar

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald – Tim Burlass

A house in Old Bar teeters on the brink.

An artificial reef made up of hundreds of sandbags that would raise the ocean floor could become a blueprint to stem erosion along the NSW coast.

Although it is too late to save the homes that have already been demolished because of the advance of the waves, residents at Old Bar near Taree are organising barbecues and selling T-shirts to finance a $40,000 feasibility study into the reef.

Three homes in the area were lost in 2008 – the owner of one is living in the garage at what remains of his property – and a further 20 are at risk, as well as the beachside Meridian Resort comprising privately owned apartments.

Across NSW, beaches in 11 council areas, from Byron Shire Council to Eurobodalla Shire Council, have been identified as regions where five or more houses or roads are at risk of coastal erosion, according to the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water.  (Full Article)

AT&T’s T-Mobile Purchase May Crimp Margins for Ericsson, NSN

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Bloomberg – Diana ben-Aaron and Matthew Campbell

AT&T Inc. (T)’s $39 billion agreement to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG (DTE) may spell fewer orders and thinner margins for Ericsson AB and other telecommunications-equipment suppliers.

“Any merger of this magnitude would mean some capex will be pushed back short term on uncertainty,” said Haakan Wranne, an analyst with Swedbank in Stockholm. “And when two operators merge into one, the capex cake will not grow long-term.”

The purchase, the largest in the wireless industry since 2004, will result in as much as $40 billion in savings, including on network overlap and spectrum purchases, AT&T said. For equipment suppliers such as Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent SA, the combined company to create the U.S.’s biggest mobile-phone operator will have the buying power to demand lower prices on infrastructure equipment.

“The merged company may discuss ways to squeeze suppliers a bit more,” said Thomas Langer, an analyst at WestLB in Dusseldorf, Germany. “Margins are somewhat higher in the U.S. to begin with.”

The proposed deal comes amid a rebound in demand for equipment makers after the economic slump in 2009 and last year cut into sales. Bandwidth-hogging devices such as Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhones and iPads and handsets based on Google Inc.’s Android with access to videos and games are driving operators to beef up their networks.  (Full Article)

CTIA’s Likely Newsmakers: Sprint, LightSquared, Jim Cramer

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Forbes – Elizabeth Woyke

Yet more evidence that mobile companies never slow down: the industry’s largest global trade show ended less than a month ago, but many of the same companies will head to Orlando next week for another conference.

The upcoming show, CTIA Wireless, is smaller and more U.S.-centric than February’s Mobile World Congress, which ended up attracting more than 60,000 visitors from 200 countries. But CTIA lures – or at least aims to – a similar group of wireless carriers, device manufacturers, software and service providers and application developers.

CTIA, which runs from March 22 to 24 this year, was long the most important wireless industry show held in the U.S. But the Las Vegas-based Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been encroaching on its territory as gadgets increasingly go wireless.  (Full Article)

ESPN, CBS, CNN, Others Grew Mobile Video Revenue in 2010

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The Hollywood Reporter – Georg Szalai

NEW YORK — Media brands such as Walt Disney’s ESPN and Disney, CBS and Time Warner’s CNN grew their mobile video revenue last year, but for now, its financial contributions remain miniscule despite the growth in tablets, apps and smartphones, according to a report.

SNL Kagan’s Economics of Mobile Programming, unveiled Thursday, once again shows ESPN at the top of the U.S. mobile video revenue chart for programmers and aggregators with an estimated $46.6 million in 2010 revenue, up from $43 million in 2009.

But the research firm highlighted that this figure represents less than 1 percent of the $7 billion that ESPN generated from cable and satellite TV affiliate fees and advertising. In a news release, it said that for many content firms mobile video revenue remains “a rounding error.”  (Full Article)