31 January 2007

Read your newspaper on your mobile handset!

The TV is sort of dying, and the newspaper might have a re-incarnation. Here is how....

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India, Wednesday, January 31, 2007 -- (Business Wire India) -- Pressmart a leading ePaper technology expert and IMImobile an established end-to-end mobile VAS enabler today announced the availability of "mPaper".

This unique collaborative technology partnership will enable news publishers an opportunity to tap the fastest growing mobile mass market of young and technology savvy subscribers who wish to read news and access their favorite newspaper content while on the move. mPaper opens up a new window of business opportunity for content publishers as well as news carriers to offer daily newspaper on a mobile screen in their original format.

To begin with, nine major operators from India and other nations will offer this service over WAP portals for their customers. The mPaper is unique; it offers features like archives, search & saving news item and will be available on a monthly subscription. The New Media Delivery PlatformT enables a managed delivery service to publications that value the velocity and dynamism of Web 2.0 space without losing their print identity on WAP-compliant handsets."

Through our partnership with IMImobile, we have opened up a new business avenue for our customers to deliver their branded news content over the powerful mobile medium." Sanjiv Gupta, CEO, Pressmart, Said. "At present, Pressmart has many leading newspapers, providing content over the internet using its ePublishing products. By combining IMImobile's mobile data technology with Pressmart's epaper technology, we will deliver revolutionary products to our customers. Our goal is to work with IMImobile as our strategic technology partner to deliver exciting new mPaper solutions in the future."The newspapers that will be immediately available include brands such as Hindustan Times (Mumbai and Delhi editions), Deccan Chronicle (Hyderabad and Chennai editions), DNA, Indian Express, The Asian Age, Financial Express, The New Indian Express, The Telegraph and Pioneer. "mPaper will become an exciting new category of technology that will give people an unique newspaper reading experience from their favorite WAP enabled handsets," said IMImobile, CEO, A R Vishwanath, "We're pleased to have collaborated with Pressmart for developing mPaper for mobile users. It will be a whole new way of reading news for people with a mobile lifestyle who want their news on the move."
The mPaper technology aggregates news from publishing partners and on-the-fly converts the text and image content to suit the variety of handset models. Pressmart and IMImobile plan to roll out other SMS, MMS and Voice based services using the newspaper content. For the first time, even vernacular content will be available on the mobile. Leading Indian language newspapers will be rolled out on this service soon..

28 January 2007

More of "See-I-told-you" --How Internet will transform TV

DAVOS-Internet to revolutionise TV in 5 years -Gates
By Ben Hirschler
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The Internet is set to revolutionise television within five years, due to an explosion of online video content and the merging of PCs and TV sets, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said on Saturday.
"I'm stunned how people aren't seeing that with TV, in five years from now, people will laugh at what we've had," he told business leaders and politicians at the World Economic Forum.
The rise of high-speed Internet and the popularity of video sites like Google Inc.'s YouTube has already led to a worldwide decline in the number hours spent by young people in front of a TV set.
In the years ahead, more and more viewers will hanker after the flexibility offered by online video and abandon conventional broadcast television, with its fixed programme slots and advertisements that interrupt shows, Gates said.
"Certain things like elections or the Olympics really point out how TV is terrible. You have to wait for the guy to talk about the thing you care about or you miss the event and want to go back and see it," he said.
"Internet presentation of these things is vastly superior."
At the moment, watching video clips on a computer is a separate experience from watching sitcoms or documentaries on television.
But convergence is coming, posing new challenges for TV companies and advertisers.
"Because TV is moving into being delivered over the Internet -- and some of the big phone companies are building up the infrastructure for that -- you're going to have that experience all together," Gates said.
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley said the impact on advertising would be profound, with the future promising far more targeted ads tailored to each viewer's profile.
"In the coming months we're going to do experiments to see how people interact with these ads to build an effective model that works for advertisers and works for users," he said.
Advertisers are already racing to adapt their strategies to the growing power of the Web, and more and more promotional cash is tipped to migrate from television to Web sites in future.