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Can Twitter elevate the "second screen" with live video? | GigaOM Tech News

Can Twitter elevate the "second screen" with live video? | GigaOM Tech News | Tech Information | Scoop.it

 

In what would be an inevitable push for the company building toward a TV-centric future, Twitter is reportedly in talks to add live video to its platform through deals with Viacom and NBC, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

 

Such a move would make perfect sense considering Twitter’s current trajectory, as the company has worked to build up support for visual media and partnerships with companies in the television industry. Twitter has clearly realized that television and live broadcast events give the company a unique opportunity to harness online conversations happening at a particular moment and then serve up advertising based around those events. So while it’s unclear exactly what a Twitter/TV parternship would look like, it’s easy to see why Twitter would be interested.

 

Twitter has talked with Viacom (which owns MTV and Nickelodeon) about hosting video clips on the site along with advertising, as well ast NBC, the reports stated. But this wouldn’t be the first time Twitter has worked with television networks to host content to engage viewers — and more importantly for the company, advertise around that content.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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New iPhone 5 gives T-Mobile’s MVNOs a network boost, but still no LTE | GigaOM Tech News

New iPhone 5 gives T-Mobile’s MVNOs a network boost, but still no LTE | GigaOM Tech News | Tech Information | Scoop.it

 

Apple’s newly retooled iPhone 5 makes it easier not just for T-Mobile to deliver 3G service to the Apple aficionados among its customers, but also for its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partners.

 

T-Mobile MVNO Solavei said on Wednesday it will fully support all of the HSPA+ radios in the new version of the iPhone 5. That means anywhere T-Mobile offers 3G service, Solavei will too. Previously all iPhones’ 3G capabilities were restricted to areas where T-Mobile had completed its ongoing network overhaul, which to date is about 50 cities. Solavei – which has adopted a multi-level marketing approach (think Amway) to distributing its service – is selling the unlocked iPhone 5 directly to customers for the steep price of $700 through its retail partner GSMNation. But unlocked versions of the device will work just fine with Solavei’s SIM cards.

 

Solavei, however, won’t get access to T-Mo’s latest and greatest 4G network though. The MVNO confirmed that none of its customers will be able to tap T-Mobile’s LTE network, no matter what phone they own. T-Mobile has only launched LTE in seven cities, and it appears to be keeping its new 4G service for itself for the time being. I would expect that change eventually though. Sprint, for instance, is already opening its new LTE network to its numerous MVNO partners.

 

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