Ventures News: Packetvideo and Earthcam Deliver Live Camera Video Services fro Mobile Users
New Orleans CTIA - 3.18.2003
Responding to the needs of mobile consumers and enterprise customers for value-added mobilemedia services, EarthCam and PacketVideo today announced the availability of live camera video services for todays hottest video-enabled telephones. The services are currently viewable on the Sony Ericsson P800 multimedia smartphone and will become available on other GPRS and CDMA phones in the near future. At CTIA, the companies are demonstrating two pioneering mobilemedia services powered by PacketVideos industry standard 3GPP pv3 Mobilemedia System, live in the Sony Ericsson exhibition stand (booth #3721), including:
· Live EarthCam! mobile users gain access to EarthCams New York Times Square livecam, LondonCam, ParisCam, and, in the near future, other live camera webcams that are part of one of the worlds largest livecam networks, viewing scenic locations around the globe.
· MyCam allows consumers to create secure, personalized livecam webcasts that can be viewed on Sony Ericsson P800 devices. EarthCams MyCam application uses PacketVideo technology to stream live content to wireless devices powered by pvPlayer. The service enables users to deploy live cameras in the home, office, or anywhere a webcam can be installed. Using EarthCams broadcaster service model and MyCam software on the PC, consumers can easily generate personalized 3GPP-compliant MPEG-4 livecam streams viewable on any compliant mobile device.
We are delighted to work with EarthCam and Sony Ericsson to deliver high quality video to users with market-leading devices, said Dr. James Brailean, Ph.D., PacketVideo CEO and co-founder. EarthCam Live! and MyCam are compelling applications that leverage PacketVideos leading mobilemedia technology to enable mobile service providers of all types to quickly deploy differentiating mobile services and ramp up data revenues. Personal live camera services are the pivotal innovation in wireless multimedia.
We are delighted to work with PacketVideo and EarthCam. Our collaboration demonstrates some of the compelling new video-based applications that showcase the powers of the Sony-Ericsson P800 smartphone, said Gregory Graham, Applications Product marketing manager at Sony Ericsson North America. Our research has shown that remote monitoring of family, home and business is one of the most desirable mobile consumer applications today.
Partnering with PacketVideo and Sony Ericsson has created a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our innovative mobile communications applications, said Brian Cury, CEO and founder of EarthCam. Our combined effort in delivering the high quality streaming video and audio will set a new standard in personal video broadcasting to mobile devices.
These 3GPP-compliant live camera services are intended for mobile service providers looking to develop additional revenue streams from mobile content and drive traffic over 2.5G or 3G networks. Following successful trials, application development and testing, the MyCam live service has been made available for the Sony Ericsson P800 multimedia phone, which is powered by PacketVideos technology.
EarthCam is dedicated to providing webcam software, technology and managed solutions to businesses. As recognized leaders in the webcam industry, EarthCam offers the most comprehensive search engine of global webcams and delivers millions of live images from thousands of cameras worldwide. Clients include Kodak, Panasonic, Ford, Turner Construction, the Army Corps of Engineers, NASA, United Forming, Lockheed Martin, New York City Department of Transportation, City of Chicago, AOL/Time Warner and Toys R Us. As the foremost provider of live images on the Internet, EarthCam webcasts events such as the Daytona 500, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square and the Super Bowl for the NFL. Visit EarthCam at www.earthcam.com.
About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company's management is based in London, and has 4,000 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support. For further information, please visit: www.SonyEricsson.com.
PacketVideo is the worlds leading provider of carrier class mobilemedia software. PacketVideos standards-based software products enable the creation and distribution of one- and two-way video, high-quality audio, animation and rich graphics over wireless networks to mobile devices such as phones and PDAs. PacketVideos pv3 Mobilemedia System, including pvAuthor 3, pvPlayer3, pvServer3, and pvCamcorder, delivers the highest quality media experience possible in every mobile environment. PacketVideos mobilemedia products enhance communication, productivity, security, information and entertainment, enabling the delivery of an enriching and productive mobile experience. For more information, visit www.pv.com
PacketVideos investors include AOL Time Warner (NYSE: AOL), Comverse Technology (Nasdaq: CMVT), Credit Suisse First Boston, GE Equity (NYSE: GE), Infineon Technologies (NYSE: IFX), Intel Capital (Nasdaq: INTC), Kyocera (NYSE: KYO), Motorola (NYSE: MOT), Philips (NYSE: PHG), QUALCOMM (Nasdaq: QCOM), Siemens Mustang Ventures, SAIC, Sony Corporation of America (NYSE: SNE), Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW), Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN), and others.