Teleport, TV-on-Demand Service Launched By Telewest Broadband

Telewest Broadband Launches TV-On-Demand Service Teleport Cable company Telewest Broadband is making Teleport, its TV-on-demand service, available to over 26,000 customers in Cheltenham and Gloucester today.

As we reported last month, this forms the first stage of national roll-out which Telewest claims will “revolutionise” digital TV for more than a million customers by the beginning of next year.

The cable company’s Teleport service gives customers instant, 24 hour access to a vast library films and TV entertainment with users able to pause, fast forward and rewind the content, just like a DVD.

Sofa-loafing customers can access the service via the existing set-top box and remote control, with a simple on-screen menu serving up viewing menus.

Telewest Broadband Launches TV-On-Demand Service TeleportTeleport Movies offers around 200 current and library films from FilmFlex, with rental charges costing between £2.00 (~$3.59, ~€3) and £3.50 (~$6.28, ~€5.20) for a 24-hour rental period.

Teleport Replay lets TV addicts users catch up on popular programmes from the previous week, and will include riveting programmes such as Eastenders and Casualty (be still my beating heart!), with Teleport Life offering specialist interest programmes.

Soon to be launched is Teleport TV, which will screen classic BBC series such as Morse and Waking the Dead and music videos on a subscription basis.

Freeloaders will be pleased to learn that Telewest is promising a “substantial amount” of free content, including soaps, comedy and documentaries, along with the usual pay-per-view and subscription options.

Subscribers to the company’s premier digital TV package will get most of the new content bundled in for free, including access to the entire TV package.

Telewest Broadband Launches TV-On-Demand Service TeleportEric Tveter, president and CEO of Telewest, mused: “Teleport has arrived and it’s genuinely going to change the way people watch TV. The schedule normally dictates viewing, but our customers will have the choice and convenience of a service they can tailor – it’s TV on their terms.”

Telewest Broadband has already been scooping up secured content from a wide range of providers including Filmflex, the BBC, Flextech, Discovery Networks Europe, National Geographic Channel Europe, Nickelodeon, Jetix (ex-Fox Kids) and Playboy TV.

Such is Telewest’s determination to snaffle a chunk of the burgeoning Video On Demand market, the company is whipping out its wallet like Ron Atkinson on pay day, investing around £20 million in the development of advanced TV services in 2005.


Quake, Etch A Sketch And Da Yoot On Mobiles And Bluetooth Security – Newsround

Quake, Etch A Sketch And Da Yoot On Mobiles And Bluetooth Security - Newsround Quake to be ported to 3D-enabled mobile phones

A mobile phone version of the famous 3D Blast ‘Em Up’ from id Software is in development by a company called Bare Naked Productions.

The game is being optimised for a new generation of mobile phones handsets that feature dedicated 3D graphics hardware.

The 3D-enabled mobile phones are expected to be coming out of Korea next month.

Quake, Etch A Sketch And Da Yoot On Mobiles And Bluetooth Security - NewsroundBluetooth group offers security tips to avoid attacks

After a paper published earlier this month revealed how security mechanisms in short-range wireless Bluetooth technology could be undermined, members of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) have produced a list of precautions for users.

These include always pairing devices privately, avoiding public places; using eight character alphanumeric PIN (personal identification number) codes and repairing connections in private, secure locations

Quake, Etch A Sketch And Da Yoot On Mobiles And Bluetooth Security - NewsroundEtch A Sketch makes a comeback on mobile phones

For the technology-poor, time-rich kid growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, Etch a Sketch was the equivalent of Photoshop.

Launched 45 years ago, the device shifted more than 100m units, allowing very patient users to while away the hours creating basic monochrome drawings by moving two dials to draw lines over a screen.

Originally called the DoodleMaster Magic Screen in the UK, a new mobile phone version of Etch A Sketch has been created by the Ohio Art Company and mobile game developers In Fusio.

Initially available in the UK to Orange customers, the mobile version replaces the plastic drawing dials with the phone keypad.

Sadly, shaking the phone doesn’t clear the screen as in the original, but pressing the ‘0’ key will activate the vibrate function of the phone. Nice touch!


Da Yoot prefer mobiles to Internet. Innit.

Quake, Etch A Sketch And Da Yoot On Mobiles And Bluetooth Security - NewsroundA study from mobile media firm Enpocket, asked which medium consumers would give up last if they had to choose between TV, newspapers, mobile phone, the Internet, radio and magazines.

People were most reluctant to give up the goggle box, with 31% choosing to give it up last, followed by mobile (19%), radio (16%), the Internet (13%), newspapers (10%) and magazines (5%) in terms of popularity.

Young adults (18-24 years olds) loved their mobiles above all, with 30% choosing to give up their mobile last, above television (28%) and the Internet (15%).

The survey also revealed that 81% of 18-24 year olds can access the Internet on their mobiles, with 79% able to send and receive MMS picture messages.

The Mobile Media Monitor also revealed how mobile is growing as a marketing medium; 49% of the UK population and 71% of the loyal 18-24 year old age group had received marketing over their mobiles.

Peter Larsen, CEO of Enpocket, said: “The survey indicates how important the mobile medium is becoming for marketing communications, provided these are user-initiated and personally relevant.

Young adults prefer mobiles to Internet

Motorola Buy Ashes Of Sendo: Analysis

Motorola Buy Ashes Of Sendo: AnalysisIt’s not everyday a new mobile handset company comes along, so it was sad news to hear that Sendo, a relatively new entrant, had gone into administration. Motorola weren’t slow to see a good buy, and purchased it by the afternoon. Guy Kewney takes us through the reasons.

Sendo is dead; there is now nothing left of it, except a new set of features for Motorola, which  has formally  announced its purchase of Sendo from the administrator.

Effectively, Sendo went bust because its gamble failed; it should have been the world’s leading provider of smartphones, but had to quit the business when it fell out with Microsoft, and start all over with Nokia/Symbian.

The company was making money, but spending more. It was, say competitors, winning business by two ploys. The first was its breakthrough ploy, and that’s the one which Motorola has bought it for: the ability to produce a phone that does everything the operator wants.

“The difference between Motorola and Sendo,” said one source today, “was that if Vodafone said: “We need these features for Vodafone Live!” then Motorola would say: “Let’s get working, and we’ll have something for you in nine months!” while Sendo would say “OK, we’ll do it now.”

Another source said: “The ‘entire intellectual property portfolio – including 50 existing and 40 pending patents’ which Motorola referred to in its release is half of the reason. The software they want is the software which allowed Sendo to configure a phone for people like Orange for Orangeworld – but almost more important, is getting the people at Sendo who knew how to configure that software.”

Motorola already has a Symbian licence, and the deal doesn’t give them Sendo’s Series 60 licence. Some sources insist that nonetheless, the move shows a significant move away from Windows Mobile, following the cancellation of its long-awaited WM Bluetooth phone recently – but that is almost certainly wishful partisan thinking, since Motorola has both Symbian and WM phones on its road-map.

Motorola Buy Ashes Of Sendo: AnalysisPartisan thinking is also behind suggestions that Sendo’s collapse owes nothing to Microsoft’s actions in the split between the two corporations.

The most recent disaster, admittedly, was  Ericsson’s doing, not Microsoft’s: but the crunch was inevitable, after Microsoft’s attempt to pull the plug on Sendo (analysis shows how easily this could have been deliberate).

At the time Microsoft and Sendo parted company, Sendo was the sole provider of the only Microsoft smartphone in the world; it was literally years ahead of all rivals, except perhaps for Nokia with its Communicator. Because of the collapse of the Microsoft-Sendo partnership, however, Sendo found itself as far behind the mass market as it had been in front.

Smartphones were crucial to founder Hugh Brogan’s strategy. They are deliciously high margin products, and also high profile. Without the smartphone, the only way Sendo could win contracts was:

  • by offering to customise them for “added value” services like Vodafone Live!
  • by cutting the margins below the bone.

The hope was that the company’s financiers would stand by it until it reached the point where it could start charging market rates, and making profits.

“Actually, they might have managed that,” said one source, who works for a company that contracts to Motorola, “but for the fact that they built some very poor phones. Poor build quality meant they were struggling to win repeat contracts from several networks.”

Guy Kewney’s NewsWireless


MSN IM To Vodafone Handsets

MSN IM To Vodafone HandsetsThe ability to disconnect from the world has taken a further blow as Vodafone and Microsoft announce a global tied up to offer MSN Messenger IM to Vodafone’s mobile phone customers. People sitting at their MSN Instant Messaging (IM) client on their computers will be able to carry out chats with their Vodafone carrying chums.

The function goes beyond the simple exchange of messages, extending to showing the “presence” of their contacts and exchange instant messages between MSN Messenger on a PC and Vodafone Messenger on mobile phones and vice versa.

It’s the matching of equals – MSN Messenger has 165m customers against Vodafone’s global totally of 155m. Both of them are seeing it as a way to raise additional income – while IM PC-PC is free, this Vodafone/MSN offering will be paid for. Time will tell if the consumers that are the focus of this will be willing to pay for the privilege.

MSN IM To Vodafone HandsetsPutting on his best tech-savvy face, Peter Bamford, Chief Marketing Officer for Vodafone glowed, “IM is a growing part of the increasingly important mobile messaging market. By bringing our collective customers together, we’ll deliver more options for staying in touch when messaging. Our agreement will grow IM and SMS, meaning additional revenue for Vodafone.”

This type of PC-to-mobile messaging isn’t new. About nine months ago there was a rash of mobile phone companies announcing PC to SMS messaging, some with more success than others.

Digital-Lifestyles understand that this IM deal will not be unique or exclusive to either party. Vodafone will be working with other IM services and MS will hookup with other mobile phone companies.

The official Vodafone word on the new service didn’t give us any information on pricing of the service, so we went digging.

MSN IM To Vodafone HandsetsWhile we didn’t get to any exact figures, we were able to find out the service will be charged on the basis of each message sent. This will cause current IM users to radically change the way they use IM. No more will they be quickly replying with short witticisms, but will need to become more Bard-like in their compositions – if they don’t want to end up with huge bills at the end of the month.

A finger-in-the-air estimate to the per message cost? A Vodafoner told us it will be around, but under the cost of SMS, which should be made slightly more palatable by bundles being available.

Vodafone Messenger, a form of IM on their mobiles, currently run on Vodafone Live! This WAP-based service is embedded into the latest Vodafone handsets. The new offering will use this, and if it isn’t available, straight SMS will be used.

Trials for the new service will start in July, with the product being introduced in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands in the next two months. Other European countries will follow by the end of the year.

Vodafone Messenger MSN Messenger

BT Gets Botty Smacked By ASA Over ‘Free Calls’ Claims

BT Gets Botty Smacked Over Free Calls ClaimsDelivering a king size slipper to the ample bottom of BT, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that BT’s PC-based internet telephony service, BT Communicator, does not make “free” calls.

In one of its mailings, the UK telco behemoth had bragged: “BT Communicator – FREE UK Calls for a year” emphasising the freebieness of the deal with the strap line: “The power of BT Broadband to enjoy free calls for a year”.

But a concerned consumer in Kent was having none of it, arguing that by gleefully proclaiming “FREE UK Calls for a year”, BT was pulling a fast one.

BT Gets Botty Smacked Over Free Calls ClaimsThe Kentish complainant pointed out that by using the VoIP service he’d rapidly burn up the 1 gig a month usage limit that BT slaps on its Broadband Basic packages – and once he exceeded that limit, he’d have to start forking out for additional time online.

Hauled in front of the ASA, BT mumbled something about the fact that they “had not intended to charge customers for the service, but they had not fully considered the impact of usage allowances on the ability to make free calls”.

The ASA was not impressed, making a savage sauté of BT’s nether regions: “The Authority was concerned that, although the promotion offered ‘free calls’, those calls depleted the monthly usage allowance that a broadband customer paid for on a monthly basis as part of their broadband package”.

BT Gets Botty Smacked Over Free Calls ClaimsSmarting from a derriere rouge par excellence, BT was told “not to describe calls that depleted a consumer’s usage allowance as ‘free’ and to state prominently in advertisements for BT Communicator that making telephone calls depleted a consumer’s broadband usage allowance”.

This ruling raises the suggestion that BT hasn’t fully considered the impact of VoiP usage allowances on its services.

With BT ramping up bandwidth-gorging offerings with innovations like video on demand and smarty pants hybrid mobile/landline BT Fusion handsets, the broadband experience of the future may prove to be a mighty expensive one for consumers.

BT Communicator
BT thrashed for ‘free’ VoIP call claim

Google Adds New Personalised Search Features

Google Adds New Personalised Search Features Google has launched an updated beta version of its personalised search tool that learns from your history of searches and search results you’ve clicked on, shuffling more relevant results to the top of the page.

Here’s how it works: if a mad keen boozer was always searching for man-sized glasses to sup his ale from, Google would learn from his search history with future searches for the keyword “glasses” automatically serving up glass-related results, while ignoring results for the four-eyed variety.

Similarly, if the surfer was a teetotaller with an Elton John-like obsession with spectacles, Google would only serve up spec-related results and links when they searched for “glasses”.

According to Google’s Marissa Mayer, the more users search and build up a search history the better the results will become.

“We need to have a history of the user,” Mayer added. “When people first sign up they may not see results right away, but it will build over time.”

Consumers need to have a Google account for the free service and those using the previous version of the personalised search service will automatically be switched to the new version.

The service only works when the user is signed on to their Google account.

Google Adds New Personalised Search FeaturesClearly, there could be a shedload of potential privacy concerns here with the search history feature compiling a detailed list of every page you’ve ever searched for, but sneaky surfers hoping for a bit of discrete titillation can sign out of the personalised search service, pause it or remove it through their accounts page.

Furtive track-coverers can also remove individual items from their search history as well.

This latest personalised search beta is a refinement of the previous version, launched in March 2004, which only customised searches after users had manually selected categories of interest.

Like all Google public betas, the new personalised search service is currently sitting in Google Labs, described by the company as an “engineer’s playground”.

Mayer said she could not speculate on when a final version will be launched, adding that Google will not be customising advertisements based on the personalised search.

This latest search development reflects Google’s drive to let users customise their Web experiences, and follows on from the personalised Google home page feature introduced in May.

Google labs

Handango Announces the Champion Award Winners for 2005

Handango Announces the Champion Award Winners for 2005Mobile download site Handango has announced the winners of their Champion Awards at the fifth annual Handango Partner Summit.

Judged by a panel of industry boffins, experts and media, the Handango Champion Awards were dished out for applications written for BlackBerry, Palm OS, UIQ, Series 60 and Windows Mobile-based Pocket PC and Smartphone platforms.

The categories were Best Application for Work, Best Application for Play, Best Application for Life, Best New Application and Best Industry Application.

Handango Announces the Champion Award Winners for 2005For the Palm platform, the winners included Snapper Mail Deluxe in the ‘work application’ category, with Pocket Tunes Deluxe scooping up the ‘Play’ category.

SplashData’s SplashBlog – a nifty application that lets mobile users easily create and update a mobile photo blog – grabbed the coveted “Best New Application” award.

Winners in the Windows Mobile Pocket PC included high-powered organiser software Pocket Informant 2005 (“Work”) and the ultra-configurable Today plug-in, SPB Pocket Plus. Expect reviews on these products in the near future.

Handango Announces the Champion Award Winners for 2005The comprehensive MobiLearn Talking Phrasebook, a talking multi-language phrasebook for the Pocket PC with “pure native voices”, snagged the “Best Industry Application” award.

Other winners included Mobimate’s WorldMate and Mail2Fax on the BlackBerry platform, Papyrus and NewsBreak on the Windows Mobile and Quick Office Premiere and IM+ Instant Messenger on the Series 60 platform.

In the Developers of the Year category, hearty back-slapping plaudits went out to Develope One (Pocket PC), Chapura (Palm), Ilium Software (Windows Smartphone), Terratial Software (BlackBerry), Mobile Digital Media (Series 60) and Epocware (Series 60).

Full list of the winners here

Wanadoo Turns Orange

Wanadoo Turns Orange

Long time customers of Wanadoo (formerly Freeserve) might be forgiven for forgetting who they’re connecting with after the company announced yet another rebranding.

Promising customers a “smooth changeover”, owners France Telecom will be bringing their Wanadoo service under the umbrella of their high-profile brand, Orange.

The move is part of a strategy to make Orange become “the Group’s international commercial brand for mobile, broadband and multiplay offerings”.

Wanadoo Turns OrangeThe well-recognised Freeserve name was taken over by Wanadoo just 14 months ago, but France Telecom insist that the latest rebrand will better reflect the portfolio of services to be offered.

These include combined mobile and internet access, a broadband telephone that tells with email notification and remote surveillance of your home through a mobile or a computer.

A spokesman for Freeserve, Wanadoo, Orange said: “The Wanadoo brand has been an enormous success enabling us to become a broadband leader in the UK. But we are now entering the era of convergence where our customers will experience a new generation of high value and exciting converged services.”

“These services will allow our customers to be able to communicate at home, at work or on the go. A single brand representing these integrated services – the Orange brand – is the way forward.”

Wanadoo Turns OrangeThe spokesman added that customer’s email services will be uninterrupted, with users still contactable whatever their domain name.

As convergence continues to impact in the teleco sector, France Telecom’s move should ensure that customers will get their mobile, broadband, video-on-demand and fixed line services all from the same company, slapped on the same bill.

If they’re not too confused, of course!

France Telecom

MGM vs Grokster Copyright Case Reviewed

MGM vs Grokster Copyright Case ReviewedYesterday the US Supreme Court published their 55-page decision in MGM v. Grokster case. The headline summary? The file-sharing software companies lost and the media companies won. Delve a little deeper and it becomes more confusion.

Predictably reaction has been mixed. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) hailed the court’s ruling as a “historic victory for intellectual property in the digital age.” On the other side of the fence, the EFF reaction was an expected contrast, “Today the Supreme Court has unleashed a new era of legal uncertainty on America’s innovators,” said Fred von Lohmann, EFF’s senior intellectual property attorney. “The newly announced inducement theory of copyright liability will fuel a new generation of entertainment industry lawsuits against technology companies. Perhaps more important, the threat of legal costs may lead technology companies to modify their products to please Hollywood instead of consumers.”

Background – How have we got here
As is well documented, the US media companies have been taking legal people who have previous been their customers, accusing them sharing music and films without authorisation. In many cases these people, or their parents have opted to pay a thousands of dollars in damages to the music companies, rather than risk going to court to defend themselves.

The media companies have found this approach very expensive as each of the people using the filesharing software has to be tracked down and pursued individually. As the file-sharing networks have millions of people using them at any given times, this is not a realistic way for them to stop these actions.

The media companies have, through their well-know and influential political lobbying, attempted various approaches to stop their media being shared without their permission – the most extreme so far was trying to make using P2P software illegal in the US. Happily, so far, this extreme idea hasn’t been successful.

Broad-brush approaches like this hurt the innocent as well as the people the media companies want to stop. P2P software such as BitTorrent is simply more efficient, economical way to distribute large file, such as audio and video. Digital-Lifestyles often uses BitTorrent as it reduces our hosting charges, as people who download the file also become distributors of the file, reducing the load on our servers.

Taking the direct approach
While going after individuals has, in the eyes of the media companies, has been successful, it’s expensive and time consuming. Yesterday’s ruling was about going after the makers of the file-sharing software – with the logic being, if you close them down, people won’t be able to share files.

Back in 2001 28 of the world’s largest entertainment companies started this legal action against the makers of the Morpheus, Grokster, and KaZaA filesharing software products. A number of legal cases have already been fought in the lower US courts, with the most recent finding going in favour of the defending file-sharing companies – Grokster and StreamCast, makers of Morpheus.

The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), who have been assisting the software companies in their defense, felt a precedent had already been made for this. Back in the 1984 the US film studios went after the makers of video recorders, claiming that if there were to be sold the whole of the film-making business would vanish. The Sony vs Universal Studios case, or The Betamax Case, as it has more popularly become known, ruled that the manufacturer of a piece of equipment could not be held liable of uses that might infringe copyright. In legal circles this is know as Secondary liability.

(By a twist of corporate fate, Sony now owns MGM)

Where we are now
The ruling yesterday appears to be contrary to the findings of the Betamax Case. Justice David Souter said “We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by the clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties.”

MGM vs Grokster Copyright Case ReviewedIf a company makes and sells a device that is then used to distribute copyrighted material, the company is acting illegally.

While the court case is about software, it is important to note that the ruling isn’t just about software, it talks of a ‘device’. So this ruling could have impact on any service or piece of equipment that handles copyrighted material, be that Google, TiVo, iPod, etc.

While the media companies have met the ruling with excitement and delight, others are quite as sure. The sticking point is the use of the word Intent.

John Barrett, Director of Research at Parks Associates told Tom’s Hardware “I suspect [litigants] will spend the next five to ten years arguing over what exactly is ‘intent.’ The issue is, is it enough if you make everybody digitally sign off on some disclaimer that says, ‘I’m not going to use it to trade illegal files?'” Will networks have to actively search for and purge illegal files, or filter out files from being disseminated, or only allow certified content to be traded? Barrett asks. “It’s going to be a mess, because you’ve got to start down that road where the P2P guys are obviously going to try to paper over something with some disclaimers and a few splashy warnings, that just get ignored by everybody.” By way of comparison Barrett added, “It’s the same thing as when you go to the college library, [and] you see this little sign by the Xerox machine saying, ‘Copyright infringement in this area is a crime, etc., etc.,’ and then everybody just copied the books and ignored the sign.”

Others have brought forward the comparison with gun manufacturers. When guns are designed and manufactured these companies are not called to account when someone is shot dead by one of their products – considerably more serious that someone copying a piece of music or a film. The cited argument is “Guns don’t kill people, people do.”

MGM vs Grokster Copyright Case ReviewedWhat the future will hold?
Well, the debate will rage on both sides as to the long terms effect of this ruling.

On the legal front, the case has been sent back down to lower courts in the US, where the future fate of the file-sharing companies could be sealed.

Beyond that, many man-years of chargeable legal hours will be racked up as spectrum of companies try to understand how they are effected.

Many companies or trade organisation that have any thing to do with Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) will come out in the press supporting the ruling, many other will come out decrying it.

There will be a lot of people in tech companies convening meetings attempting to work out if they or their products could be affected by this ruling. Companies will examine their own internal processes in an attempt to understand if they could be found guilt of providing intent of copyright infringement.

As to whether this will impact the very existence of innovate start-up companies in the US, as Cory Doctorow claimed in a piece in Popular Science, can only be reveled with time, “what today’s decision will kill is American innovation. Chinese and European firms can get funding and ship products based on plans that aren’t fully thoughtcrime-compliant, while their American counterparts will need to convince everyone from their bankers to the courts that they’ve taken all imaginable measures to avoid inducing infringement.”

Supreme Court ruling (PDF)

VeeStream Enables “i-Pod-Like 3G Music Video Service”

VeeStream Enables i-Pod-Like 3G Music Video ServiceVidiator Technology has declared a “world first” for their VeeStream mobile music video service, launched in Scandinavia.

There’s currently more than 50 live broadcast channels on offer, letting mobile subscribers “use their phones like i-Pods”, with an unlimited hard-drive housed on the mobile network.

The service enables subscribers to watch and listen to music through mobile streaming on their video-enabled mobile phones. After a free trial from May-Aug 2005, mobile subscribers can shell out a monthly fee under US $7.00 (~€6.00~£4.00) and gorge themselves on unlimited programming.

VeeStream Enables i-Pod-Like 3G Music Video ServiceAfter launching with an audio service in May 2005, video is scheduled to follow in June with radio coming in July.

“Vidiator is one of the key partners who enable us to be the innovator in the Scandinavian Market,” insisted Shlomo Liran, CEO of 3 Scandinavia. “We are a mobile video company, not just a mobile voice company. Vidiator streaming technology makes it possible for us to deliver new services and to stay ahead of our competitors”.

The service uses VeeStream, a rich media streaming platform, which delivers high quality audio and video streaming content on-demand for 2.5G and 3G network operators, regardless of format player, handset or network.

The clever boffins at VeeStream claim to have solved the problem of network bandwidth availability by using ‘dynamic bandwidth adaptation’ (DBA) a patent-pending, open-standards based technology.

The real-time DBA does its stuff by optimising throughput over scarce radio frequencies, while creating a higher ratio of delivered streams than competing technologies.

VeeStream Enables i-Pod-Like 3G Music Video ServiceWith the 3GPP/3GPP2 compliant VeeStream being player-agnostic, mobile streaming can be enabled to a broader range of networks and devices, which should bring costs down for wireless operators.

“Vidiator is a solutions provider, not purely a software company,” said Connie Wong, Vidiator’s CEO.

“VeeStream is the most proven carrier-grade wireless streaming technology in the market due to its robustness, scalability and modularity. Carriers like 3 Scandinavia only have to ‘plug and play’ off their existing Vidiator streaming platform running other applications to add 50 audio and video channels, including live broadcast services like Big Brother.

This scalability enables quick time-to-market for new content, lowers system configuration and operation costs and boosts revenues”.

Personally, I’d rather sit bare bottomed on a bag of angry live crabs than try to watch Big Brother on a squinty little mobile phone screen, but there’s no denying that such pap can help drive network take up and revenues for 3 network providers.

Vidiator VeeStream