Feeds

Vodafone looks to Sky for mobile TV

The small screen...on an even smaller screen

Security for virtualized datacentres

Vodafone's 3G punters will be able to tune in to Sky TV on their mobile handsets from tomorrow following a deal between the two giant players.

Sky Mobile TV - which includes news, sport and entertainment programmes - gives Vodafone's 250,000 3G punters access to TV on the move.

The service is free until the end of January with a total of 19 mobile channels on offer including Sky One, Discovery, MTV, History Channel and Biography Channel. Some channels will be broadcast "as live" while others will be dedicated "made for mobile" channels featuring regularly updated blocks of programming.

From February, punters will have to cough up £5 a month to watch the TV service.

Said Vodafone UK marketing guru Tim Yates: "This is not a trial on a very limited number of phones or a service available on a single make of mobile, but something that all our Vodafone live! with 3G customers can experience.

"We currently have over 250,000 3G subscribers in the country and 72 per cent 3G population coverage across the UK. Mobile TV will be a mainstream service."

In September O2 enlisted the help of 400 punters in Oxford to test whether there's a market for mobile TV.

The mobile operator - which has agreed to be gobbled up by Spain's Telefonica - teamed up with Arqiva (previously known as NTL Broadcast) and Nokia to test the "UK's first trial of full multi-channel mobile TV".

On offer are 16 channels including content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, Cartoon Network and Sky News, among others. ®

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.