Motorola on Wednesday announced that it has closed a deal to acquire Swedish IPTV software company Dreampark. The terms of the acquisition, which is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, were not disclosed. Dreampark’s core software product is called Dreamgallery, a middleware solution that allows operators to provide services over television networks. Motorola will integrate Dreamgallery and other Dreampark solutions into its Motorola Medios software suite. “This transaction enables us to continue to enhance our Medios software portfolio and capitalize upon the convergence of wireless technology, media, mobile computing and the Internet,” said Motorola Mobility’s SVP and GM of Converged Experiences, John Burke, in a statement. “With the acquisition of Dreampark, Motorola Mobility will strengthen its ability to provide systems integrators, service providers, enterprises and content providers with innovative solutions for deploying converged media experiences. It’s great to have the Dreampark team on board.” Hit the break for the full press release. More →
If you’re a keyboard lover and can’t kick that feature-phone addiction, there is a new handset on the block as of today. Samsung’s A927 Flight II sports a 3″ touch screen, sliding keyboard, and HTML browser. It is also full compatible with AT&T’s mobile TV service, featured a 2 megapxel camera, Bluetooth, aGPS, and support for up to 16GB of microSD storage. It’s available today from RadioShack stores, and most likely will be hitting AT&T store shelves in the coming week or so. More →
Good news for all of you football soccer fanatics, as two major wireless carriers — Sprint in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada — have announced that their subscribers will be able to watch the historic tournament unfold before their very eyes on their mobile phones. In the U.S., Sprint has entered into a partnership with ESPN to make 56 of the tournaments 64 matches available through ESPN Mobile TV. This service will be provided as a part of Sprint TV and will be free to anyone who has a Everything Data plan. In Canada, Rogers Wireless will allow its Rogers on Demand Mobile subscribers with an Android, BlackBerry or iPhone device to watch all 64 matches from their phone the Rogers on Demand Mobile app. The caveat here is that the service costs $5 per month in addition to a one-time $10 fee to enable access to World Cup coverage. You Canadians are hip enough to the scene to know that was to be expected, right? More →
A few weeks removed from a strong quarter which saw its wireless division receive an 11.3% increase in new subscribers, Bell today continued its push against rivals Rogers and TELUS with Bell Mobile TV for iPhone. As with all things iPhone, there is a lot of give and take. The give is that there’s pretty good coverage including CBC News Network, CTV, MuchMusic, Rogers Sportsnet, Treehouse, The Weather Network, and live coverage of NHL games and the 2010 Winter Olympics. The take is that it only works over 3G (a sad by-product of SIM card verification and carrier exclusivity) and requires the typical $8 per month for mobile video services with the Olympic coverage commanding a one-time payment of $10. Nonetheless, if mobile TV is something that floats your boat and you’re not willing to spend a lot of cash up front to snag a Slingbox, then it might just be worth your while to test it out for a month. We’ve heard it’s actually pretty good.
With our US-centric focus, we often forget that globally, WiMAX has over 500 network deployments in more than 145 countries. One of the current hotbeds for WiMAX deployment is the Asia-Pacific region which is expected to see explosive growth over the next two years. Capitalizing on this growth opportunity is InfoValue, a US-based IPTV company. InfoValue has announced the launch of its newest IPTV service, which promises to deliver high quality live TV and interactive video-on-demand over WiMAX networks in the burgeoning Asia-Pacific market. They claim the service can deliver a consistent, high-quality H.264 stream in moving vehicles, handling tower to tower handoffs with ease. Sweet! Now if they could just get Sprint to jump on board and bring real mobile TV to the US… Full press release after the break.
LG and AT&T announced the LG Invision handset yesterday, a mobile TV-equipped phone that is being heralded as the smallest mobile television-capable product on the market. The Invision, aside from its TV capabilities, is a pretty run of the mill affair, sporting a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, 3G (of course), and little else. Viewing TV on its diminutive screen doesn’t’ sound terribly appealing to us, but if the prospect of a 4″ tall x 2″ wide mobile television in your pocket is too appealing to pass up, you can pick one up for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Not too shabby, but not exactly our cup of tea either. For our money, we’ll stick to a SlingBox coupled with a screen big enough to see what we’re watching.
That’s what our AT&T boys in blue are sayin’! Want some details on it? Well, it’s rumored to have all the usual AT&T stuff like AT&T Music, AT&T Video, AT&T Navigator, and more. But, it’s also going to have AT&T Mobile TV, too. The other specs are pretty well know: a Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional device with a 5 megapixel camera with face detection, quad-band EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, 3.2″ WQVGA touch screen (sadly it’s 240×400), Bluetooth, and either 8GB or 16GB of internal memory. We’re working on some press shots for y’all, but in the meantime, go on and keep comparing it to the iPhone 3G…