Verizon Wireless to Offer Qualcomm TV
Verizon Wireless has signed on as the first cellular carrier that will offer a broadcast television network for mobile phones that Qualcomm plans to introduce in late 2006. The companies would not say what programming might be featured over the Mediaflo system, which will be broadcast to mobile phones over a different portion of the wireless spectrum than cellular calls and data services are. The network is being designed to deliver up to 20 live streaming video channels and 10 audio channels, as well as short video clips.
Cablevision's Dolan Backs 'A La Carte' Cable
Letting cable television customers order only the channels they want will not hurt cable providers or networks, Cablevision Systems Chairman Charles F. Dolan, right, said, becoming the first cable services supplier to endorse "a la carte" service. Echoing comments by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin, Dolan said customers would benefit from being able to choose the channels they order. The National Cable and Telecommunications Association has said it would result in fewer, lower-quality channels.
Openwave Systems to Sell 15.6 Million Shares
Openwave Systems, a provider of software and services to wireless operators, said it filed a shelf registration allowing it to sell 15.6 million shares over time. The offering is expected to bring in $111.2 million to help fund its $121 million acquisition of Musiwave and for general corporate purposes, including working capital and capital expenditures. In late September, the company said it would buy the supplier of mobile music, entertainment services and content for roughly $120 million in cash and stock plus a potential earn-out payment of $18 million.
Norfolk Newspaper Starts Local-Video Site
Virginian-Pilot Interactive Media, a division of the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, began a video-only Web site.
Called HamptonRoads.tv, the site includes local entertainment, news, sports, traffic, and music- and movie-preview videos. Users can choose videos by category, with selections from HamptonRoads.tv videographers, as well as from the Virginian-Pilot and other sources.
"The Internet and television industries have been abuzz this year with many announcements of online video services in the works, but most have focused on national network efforts," the company said in a statement. "Hampton Roads is full of early adapters who embrace new technology. This region will lead the way for a new kind of consumer behavior, viewing video over the Internet."
Compiled from staff and news service reports.