Thursday, September 28, 2006
Disney's Mobile ESPN to close, move to licensing
September 28, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co.'s
Owners of Mobile ESPN phones will receive a full refund when they settle their final Mobile ESPN bill and customers who choose to stop Mobile ESPN service will be released from current contract obligations, the company said.
Mobile ESPN was one of the most ambitious mobile virtual networks, or MVNO, projects to be launched amid a broad move to provide branded wireless services to niche markets.
MVNOs rent space from wireless network operators such as Sprint Nextel Corp.
Salil Mehta, ESPN Enterprises executive vice president, said in a statement: "With a redefined approach we have a greater opportunity to reach millions of fans while achieving our strategic and financial goals."
Shares of Disney were down 10 cents at $30.94 in midday trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
and i am not bitter about wharton taking the prize. i let it go. really, i did.
music platforms become the rage
instead, i will comment on the ipod/itunes post that I made in the spring.
there is a bunch of stuff in this article from the chicago tribune.
- myspace will begin selling songs - pretty cool idea, they have a captive audience and lots of bands already registered, they are providing an outlet
- microsoft is still hanging around the music space and will role out a platform and a player, wonder what happens to "play4sure"
- platforms are the rage - ipod and itunes work so well together that everyone else will soon follow suit (as microsoft has suggested). the wall street journal recently printed an article on the music platform that samsung is building.
- spiralfrog will offer free music downloads this winter - Universal and EMI have joined the network. the trade off will be some type of embedded advertising. still it looks like the beginning of a strong network.
- 90% of all music is still sold on CD.
- cell phone music players, like chocolate from verizon are selling well but transferring music is troublesome. in many cases it is easier to buy the song directly from the provider website than to rip and transfer from a CD you already own. Paying for music twice doesn't sound right but that is where the providers make their money.