MediaFLO Launch Imminent
Dec 21, 2006, 1:52 PM by (staff)
Qualcomm is expected to launch MediaFLO, its mobile TV service, in the first quarter of next year. Qualcomm will offer MediaFLO in 20-30 cities in that quarter and will continue to build out their network. Networks in Las Vegas, Chicago and others are already live. The company is expected to announce channel partners in the next few weeks, though the number of launch channels is expected to fall short of the 24 that the service should be capable of carrying. Verizon is expected to announce MediaFLO service shortly after Qualcomm announces their content partners.
Qualcomm Weighing Potential Breakup and Job Cuts
Qualcomm is preparing to conduct an in-depth review of its corporate strategy that could lead to the company breaking into several separate entities, reports the Wall Street Journal. Activist investors have begun to push Qualcomm towards a possible split, which would see the company's chip-production and patent-licensing businesses pulled apart.
YouTube to Launch Own Music Service
YouTube is preparing to launch a paid music service in order to compete with similar offerings from Pandora and Spotify. "We're adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube with this in mind — to bring our music partners new revenue streams in addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars YouTube already generates for them each year," said YouTube in a statement provided to Reuters.
LG to Push Back LG Pay Launch to Give G5 More Attention
LG has decided to delay the official debut of LG Pay, which was expected to mark its arrival at this month's Mobile World Congress trade show. "LG Electronics has delayed the official launch of LG Pay to the second quarter of this year to help the new LG flagship smartphone — G5 — receive more media attention," said an LG spokesperson to the Korea Times.
Samsung and MasterCard to Bring Samsung Pay to Europe
Samsung won't launch Samsung Pay in the U.S. until later this summer, but the company is already looking to expand the service to other markets.
Verizon Going After College Sports Fans
Verizon Communications, the parent company of Verizon Wireless, is prepared to launch a mobile video service later this year that will focus on college sports. The company is specifically targeting millennials with the offering, who it says prefer to consume video content on mobile devices rather than televisions or PCs.
Why do we (the US) have to do this again?
What about Cingular??????
But it seems as though Cingular is definetly working on Mobile Payments, at least that!!!
I've been with Cingular for 5yrs, I really don't want to leave, they don't control and restrict they're handsets like evil Verizon!!!
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