— Canada’s Bell Mobility has added Groove Mobile’s subscription music service to its Bell Music store, alongside its download service costs CA$15 per month (US$15.27). If they really like the tracks they can choose to buy them.
— From Mipcom, Rob Anderws reports that Discovery Channel has done a deal with Vringo, a mobile service that lets users get animated call alerts to share with friends and assign to individual callers. Twenty such natural history clips are available, including bees, volcanoes, storms, fireworks and elephants (who would you assign that one to?), lasting between two and 10 seconds. Vringo recently took delivery of clips from Universal Music Group and Meez. It’s one way to monetise archive TV clips. Founded in 2006, Vringo uses a Java application and is also encouraging users to shoot their own video ringtones.
— Disney (NYSE: DIS)-ABC International Television has signed a deal with Kamera to distribute video content from ABC News, including clips from Good Morning America. Kamera will distribute, pitch and package ABC News content, as well as create new products and services based on the material, “plus localised versions of content, such as ABC NewsOne breaking news, politics, weather, entertainment and sports outside North America” reports C21 Media.
— TeliaSonera is launching the LookAtMe TV service in Sweden, which will let people upload videos via MMS. When other customers view the videos at SEK 2 (US$0.31), the uploader gets 10 percent. When that amount gets past SEK 150 (US$23) the money gets paid out to an account. The service is already on O2 in the UK. (release)
— Glu Mobile (NSDQ: GLUU) is taking part in McDonald’s annual Monopoly promotion, giving away 1 million Monopoly mobile games in a bid to raise awareness of mobile gaming.
— Merseyside-based Everton football club is to launch a dedicated mobile portal after agreeing a deal with mobile entertainment and marketing agency LHM Media reports NMA. It will let fans view goals, images and also access music and news.
— An auction of 100 dotmobi domain names has raised more than $850,000, even though only “dozens” of names were purchased. There were bidders from 34 countries, and the auction’s most desired names were release)(sold for $101,000), ($51,501), ($51,500), ($47,000) and ($42,005). (
— THQ (NSDQ: THQI) is getting a bit more revenue from its games, licensing characters from NFL Team Tailgate to Emdigo to use as 3D character screens. These come on when the phone is opened, replacing the idle screen, are interactive and get updated.