Cingular To Offer HBO 'Sopranos' On Mobile Phones|
Cingular Wireless has signed a deal to offer streaming video of HBO shows, including the "Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Rome" and "Six Feet Under," on mobile phones.
The deal is part of the Cingular Video service that the carrier plans to launch early next year. The service would be available to consumers with cellular phones capable of accessing the company's high-speed service.
In promoting the upcoming shows, Cingular made available Friday through its Internet access service, called Media Net, ring tones, graphics and games related to the HBO programming.
Cingular plans to offer the content on two exclusive services developed with the cable network. HBO Mobile will offer select episodes and scene clips of the HBO shows. In addition, the service will offer HBO cartoons, comedy and sports.
HBO Family Mobile provides educational and entertainment programming designed for children, including "Crashbox," "A Little Curious," "Frog Blues," and "El Perro Y El Gato."
Other wireless carriers, such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint, offer streaming video. The services, which carry advertising and a subscription fee, are expected to help carriers profit on the billions of dollars spent on building high-speed networks.
But there's still a big question as to how fast consumers in the United States will take to watching video on a phone's small screen. Research firm EMarketer forecasts that by 2009 15 million people, or less than 1 percent of the total number of U.S. subscribers, will be watching TV on mobile phones.
U.S. consumers also have been reluctant to use other data services. In October, fewer than 10 percent of mobile subscribers had used their phone's browser to get news and information, send a photo message or purchase a ring tone, according to EMarketer. Fewer than 5 percent had bought wallpaper or a screen saver or downloaded a game.
Sony BMG proposes spyware CD settlement|
Consumers whose computers were corrupted with spyware hidden in copy-protected CDs would get "clean" replacement discs and free music downloads as part of a proposed settlement of the class-action claims against Sony BMG Music Entertainment in New York, it was disclosed Thursday.
Protect your ears: limit iPod use
The ever-popular earbuds used with many iPods and other MP3 players may be more stylish than the bigger and bulkier earmuff-type headphones, but they may also be more damaging to one's hearing, according to a Northwestern professor.
Skaffe.com New Year's Sale and SkaffeSpace Release
Skaffe.com, a leading search directory, celebrates the close of 2005 and the introduction of 2006 with a directory submission special and the release of new services for users. As part of the celebration, Team Skaffe reviews the 2005 successes, introduces SkaffeSpace, and offers a two-day Express Review special from December 31, 2005 to January 1, 2006. Details are included in the full press release.
C I Host to Host Major New Year's Eve Webcam of UNICEF Fundraisers
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MTS Consolidates Ownership in its Subsidiary
Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, announces that it has acquired the remaining 46.1% share of ReCom, a mobile phone operator in the Central part of Russia.
HostRocket Co-Founder Named to Tech Valley Hot 10 List
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U.S. to Probe Contractor's Web Tracking
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Unique Web site nets student $1 Million
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Starz to launch movie downloads service
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Cos. Use Online Magazines to Woo Customers
The site promises "simple solutions for easy living," offering tips on dinners, decorating, cleaning and organizing your home. After planning out your housework, you can download music from a theme playlist — prepare dinner, for example, to such songs as Duran Duran's "Hungry Like The Wolf."