Sony expands online VoD service to Europe, will add music

Sony expands online VoD service to Europe, will add music
(Telecompaper) At the IFA 2010 conference in Berlin, Sony announced that Video On Demand powered by Qriocity, a premium streaming video service, will be available this fall in five European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The service enables customers can choose from hundreds of movies from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, MGM, NBC Universal International Television Distribution, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, as well as popular content from top local studios. Many movies are available in High Definition (HD) as well as Standard Definition (SD), and all can be rented at the touch of a button on Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled Bravia TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, and Blu-ray Home Theater systems. Video On Demand powered by Qriocity has been available in the US since April 2010. Sony has been developing Qriocity since November 2009 and the online platform connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices and allows consumers to enjoy entertainment across multiple devices. Sony also plans to introduce Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, a new, cloud-based, digital music service. Available by year’s end, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity will give music fans access to millions of songs stored and synchronized through the cloud, starting across Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled Bravia TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems , as well as PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems and VAIOs and other personal computers, and will become increasingly available on a range of Sony’s portable devices.[Lees verder]

Apple confirms September launch for Apple TV
(Telecompaper) Apple confirmed the launch of its new Apple TV device for later this month. The media player with HDMI and Wi-Fi will allow users to stream online movies and TV series as well as content from their PCs to a HD TV. Apple TV will sell for USD 99. Users can buy TV episodes and films from iTunes to stream over the Apple TV. In the US, they can also rent movies and TV series from Netflix and TV shows from the US networks ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for USD 0.99 each. Additional content is available YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe. Apple TV works with PCs and Macs and comes with a remote control. Users can also download an app to their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control the device. Apple also announced iTunes 10 with Ping, an update to add social networking features to iTunes. Ping users can set up a profile to share music and comments with friends, follow artists and find recommended content. It works both on a computer and an iPod or iPhone.[Lees verder]

Motorola to launch Milestone 2 in Q4
(Telecompaper) Motorola unveiled the Milestone 2, its latest Android phone. Running Android 2.2, the touch-screen phone features Adobe Flash Player 10.1, a slide-out qwerty keypad, a 1 GHz processor, 720p HD video, DLNA and the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi devices as a mobile hotspot. The phone has 8GB internal memory and comes with a 8GB microSD memory card. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Enterprise Exchange support and a full suite of Google services. The Milestone 2 will start shipping in Europe in Q4.[Lees verder]

Vivendi raises FY outlook on strong first half
(Telecompaper) French media, entertainment and communications group Vivendi reported a net profit up 4 percent to EUR 1.53 billion on revenue up 6.1 percent to EUR 13.98 billion in the first half, compared to the year-earlier period. The group has upgraded its full year outlook to an increase in EBITA and net profit versus 2009. “GVT, Activision Blizzard and SFR broadband and fixed achieved excellent operating performances and we have revised upwards the guidance for each one,” said CEO Jean-Bernard Levy. Brazilian operator GVT, Vivendi’s most recent acquisition, is seen as a strong growth driver and has benefited from an increased inverstment programme. French operator SFR boosted its revenue by 1.8 percent to EUR 6.25 billion in the first six months of last year, including mobile down 0.3 percent to EUR 4.43 billion and broadband up 5.9 percent to EUR 1.98 billion. SFR had 15.35 million postpaid mobile customers and 20.56 million overall mobile customers at the end of June. Mobile data accounted for 26.3 percent of mobile revenues, up from 22.1 percent in the year-earlier period thanks to growth in the installed base of smartphones. SFR’s EBITDA stood at EUR 2.11 billion, 6.6 percent more than a year ago. Vivendi asset Maroc Telecom recorded an EBITDA up 4.6 percent to EUR 804 million on revenue 5.9 percent higher at EUR 1.38 billion. Maroc Telecom, which has subsidiaries in other African countries, increased its overall customer base by 20 percent to 23.6 million, including Moroccan users up 11.3 percent to 18 million. GVT had EUR 184 million of EBITDA on EUR 444 million of revenue, and Vivendi’s TV subsidiary, Canal Plus, saw a 3 percent increase in EBITA to EUR 486 million on revenue up 3.1 percent to EUR 2.23 billion. Vivendi also owns game publisher Activision Blizzard and Universal Music.[Lees verder]

New alliance pushes NBN 3.0 proposal
(Telecompaper) A number of network and internet companies in Australia have formed the Alliance for Affordable Broadband and published a manifesto. The manifesto was signed by the the CEOs of Allegro Networks, BigAir, Vocus Communications, AAPT, Eftel, and Polyfone, as well as the founder of Pipe Networks. The plan pushed by the Alliance is called NBN 3.0 and calls for a market solution, not an infrastructure monopoly. The plan further calls for a national fibre backhaul network and 100 Mbps to Gbps connectivity to schools, hospitals, and businesses. The group further said they believe that the government still holds or has access to the best telecommunications infrastructure asset in Australia, being the spectrum capable of carrying a national ubiquitous 4G network able to deliver up to 100 Mbps to 98 percent of Australians. It says this spectrum is a nationally significant asset. The NBN 3.0 plan, similar to the Coalition’s broadband plan, calls for the use of a mix of technologies, including 4G technologies, to provide connectivity to the vast majority of consumers. Remote areas would be served by satellite services. The Alliance says a public-private model should be explored for their plan, which could be built for around AUD 3 billion or less with a large part delivered by private investment.[Lees verder]

SingTel launches services on national fibre network
(Telecompaper) Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has introduced a number of services on Singapore’s Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) deployed by OpenNet and on SingTel’s own fibre infrastructure. SingTel will provide services to both retail customers and to wholesale customers (retail service providers). SingTel will launch a high-speed fibre service, known as exStream, with downlink speeds of up to 200 Mbps. Customers can choose from three new packages which are designed with relevant applications. The company is offering unified messaging via the exPress portal, and video streaming to TV via its exCite service. exCite also gives customers access to the TV Apps Store, starting with a catalogue of over 30 TV games. From 1 September, customers can register their interest for the high-speed fibre services. For businesses, SingTel will introduce eVolve, a business connectivity service. Built on SingTel’s wholly owned and managed infrastructure, eVolve will only carry business traffic. Businesses can use the fibre services to access SingTel’s suite of Managed Services and Cloud Solutions.[Lees verder]

Starcomms introduces GSM/CDMA dual-Sim phone
(Telecompaper) Nigerian CDMA operator Starcomms has introduced a dual-Sim phone, allowing customers to use a GSM Sim on a CDMA phone. The phone sells for NGN 9,999. Features include international roaming, a long-life battery and a FM radio. Starcomms recently introduced international inter-standard roaming between CDMA and GSM for its customers. The roaming service is made possible through an agreement signed between Starcomms and vendors Mach and Accuris Networks.[Lees verder]

Sony expands online VoD service to Europe, will add music
(Telecompaper) At the IFA 2010 conference in Berlin, Sony announced that Video On Demand powered by Qriocity, a premium streaming video service, will be available this fall in five European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The service enables customers can choose from hundreds of movies from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, MGM, NBC Universal International Television Distribution, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, as well as popular content from top local studios. Many movies are available in High Definition (HD) as well as Standard Definition (SD), and all can be rented at the touch of a button on Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled Bravia TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, and Blu-ray Home Theater systems. Video On Demand powered by Qriocity has been available in the US since April 2010. Sony has been developing Qriocity since November 2009 and the online platform connects many of Sony’s network-enabled devices and allows consumers to enjoy entertainment across multiple devices. Sony also plans to introduce Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, a new, cloud-based, digital music service. Available by year’s end, Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity will give music fans access to millions of songs stored and synchronized through the cloud, starting across Sony’s 2010 models of network-enabled Bravia TVs, Blu-ray Disc players, Blu-ray Home Theater systems , as well as PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems and VAIOs and other personal computers, and will become increasingly available on a range of Sony’s portable devices.[Lees verder]

Apple confirms September launch for Apple TV
(Telecompaper) Apple confirmed the launch of its new Apple TV device for later this month. The media player with HDMI and Wi-Fi will allow users to stream online movies and TV series as well as content from their PCs to a HD TV. Apple TV will sell for USD 99. Users can buy TV episodes and films from iTunes to stream over the Apple TV. In the US, they can also rent movies and TV series from Netflix and TV shows from the US networks ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for USD 0.99 each. Additional content is available YouTube, Flickr and MobileMe. Apple TV works with PCs and Macs and comes with a remote control. Users can also download an app to their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control the device. Apple also announced iTunes 10 with Ping, an update to add social networking features to iTunes. Ping users can set up a profile to share music and comments with friends, follow artists and find recommended content. It works both on a computer and an iPod or iPhone.[Lees verder]

Motorola to launch Milestone 2 in Q4
(Telecompaper) Motorola unveiled the Milestone 2, its latest Android phone. Running Android 2.2, the touch-screen phone features Adobe Flash Player 10.1, a slide-out qwerty keypad, a 1 GHz processor, 720p HD video, DLNA and the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi devices as a mobile hotspot. The phone has 8GB internal memory and comes with a 8GB microSD memory card. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Enterprise Exchange support and a full suite of Google services. The Milestone 2 will start shipping in Europe in Q4.[Lees verder]

Vivendi raises FY outlook on strong first half
(Telecompaper) French media, entertainment and communications group Vivendi reported a net profit up 4 percent to EUR 1.53 billion on revenue up 6.1 percent to EUR 13.98 billion in the first half, compared to the year-earlier period. The group has upgraded its full year outlook to an increase in EBITA and net profit versus 2009. “GVT, Activision Blizzard and SFR broadband and fixed achieved excellent operating performances and we have revised upwards the guidance for each one,” said CEO Jean-Bernard Levy. Brazilian operator GVT, Vivendi’s most recent acquisition, is seen as a strong growth driver and has benefited from an increased inverstment programme. French operator SFR boosted its revenue by 1.8 percent to EUR 6.25 billion in the first six months of last year, including mobile down 0.3 percent to EUR 4.43 billion and broadband up 5.9 percent to EUR 1.98 billion. SFR had 15.35 million postpaid mobile customers and 20.56 million overall mobile customers at the end of June. Mobile data accounted for 26.3 percent of mobile revenues, up from 22.1 percent in the year-earlier period thanks to growth in the installed base of smartphones. SFR’s EBITDA stood at EUR 2.11 billion, 6.6 percent more than a year ago. Vivendi asset Maroc Telecom recorded an EBITDA up 4.6 percent to EUR 804 million on revenue 5.9 percent higher at EUR 1.38 billion. Maroc Telecom, which has subsidiaries in other African countries, increased its overall customer base by 20 percent to 23.6 million, including Moroccan users up 11.3 percent to 18 million. GVT had EUR 184 million of EBITDA on EUR 444 million of revenue, and Vivendi’s TV subsidiary, Canal Plus, saw a 3 percent increase in EBITA to EUR 486 million on revenue up 3.1 percent to EUR 2.23 billion. Vivendi also owns game publisher Activision Blizzard and Universal Music.[Lees verder]

New alliance pushes NBN 3.0 proposal
(Telecompaper) A number of network and internet companies in Australia have formed the Alliance for Affordable Broadband and published a manifesto. The manifesto was signed by the the CEOs of Allegro Networks, BigAir, Vocus Communications, AAPT, Eftel, and Polyfone, as well as the founder of Pipe Networks. The plan pushed by the Alliance is called NBN 3.0 and calls for a market solution, not an infrastructure monopoly. The plan further calls for a national fibre backhaul network and 100 Mbps to Gbps connectivity to schools, hospitals, and businesses. The group further said they believe that the government still holds or has access to the best telecommunications infrastructure asset in Australia, being the spectrum capable of carrying a national ubiquitous 4G network able to deliver up to 100 Mbps to 98 percent of Australians. It says this spectrum is a nationally significant asset. The NBN 3.0 plan, similar to the Coalition’s broadband plan, calls for the use of a mix of technologies, including 4G technologies, to provide connectivity to the vast majority of consumers. Remote areas would be served by satellite services. The Alliance says a public-private model should be explored for their plan, which could be built for around AUD 3 billion or less with a large part delivered by private investment.[Lees verder]

SingTel launches services on national fibre network
(Telecompaper) Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has introduced a number of services on Singapore’s Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) deployed by OpenNet and on SingTel’s own fibre infrastructure. SingTel will provide services to both retail customers and to wholesale customers (retail service providers). SingTel will launch a high-speed fibre service, known as exStream, with downlink speeds of up to 200 Mbps. Customers can choose from three new packages which are designed with relevant applications. The company is offering unified messaging via the exPress portal, and video streaming to TV via its exCite service. exCite also gives customers access to the TV Apps Store, starting with a catalogue of over 30 TV games. From 1 September, customers can register their interest for the high-speed fibre services. For businesses, SingTel will introduce eVolve, a business connectivity service. Built on SingTel’s wholly owned and managed infrastructure, eVolve will only carry business traffic. Businesses can use the fibre services to access SingTel’s suite of Managed Services and Cloud Solutions.[Lees verder]

Starcomms introduces GSM/CDMA dual-Sim phone
(Telecompaper) Nigerian CDMA operator Starcomms has introduced a dual-Sim phone, allowing customers to use a GSM Sim on a CDMA phone. The phone sells for NGN 9,999. Features include international roaming, a long-life battery and a FM radio. Starcomms recently introduced international inter-standard roaming between CDMA and GSM for its customers. The roaming service is made possible through an agreement signed between Starcomms and vendors Mach and Accuris Networks.[Lees verder]