Cookie Jar iTV proposal draws CFC support

Cookie Jar Entertainment has submitted an application for an interactive educational channel in both official languages. Ana Serrano, director of the Canadian Film Centre’s Habitat New Media Lab, recently expressed her support for the proposed channels in her comments to the CRTC, excerpts from which appear below.

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Although a formal announcement hasn’t been issued, Corus Entertainment Inc.’s newest vice-president is rumoured to be Lucie Lalumière, who has reportedly been tapped to head the Toronto-based firm’s interactive content efforts.
A veteran of new media with more than a decade’s worth of experience, Lalumière was most recently executive director of new media at CBC/Radio-Canada, where she oversaw news, sports, entertainment and current affairs content in both English and French. She also co-ordinated the crown corporation’s corporate new media initiatives.
Prior to her position at CBC/Radio-Canada, Lalumière held several senior positions at Bell Canada’s Sympatico content portal. She holds degrees from Université de Sherbrooke, McGill University and New York University.
Lalumière’s arrival at Corus is being heralded as the beginning of a new phase in interactivity at the broadcaster, which owns several local-market TV stations in Ontario as well as such specialty channels as Teletoon, Treehouse and YTV. "Hiring somebody of her caliber, it looks like Corus is certainly becoming much more serious about the interactive space," observed Ian Kelso, president of Toronto’s New Media Business Alliance.

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Bell launches mobile music service
Bell Canada recently announced the debut of leading mobile music download service Groove Mobile on its network. What’s especially interesting about Groove Mobile’s offering is its rights management approach: users can make up as many as seven copies of each track they download, with three of those copies available for use on separate computers. Offsetting that freedom to make additional copies is the premium price Groove Mobile charges, with tracks costing $3.00 each here in Canada, more than double that of many competing music download services. However, users can also send 30-minute preview clips of songs to their friends, download album art, and search Groove Mobile’s music database by artist and song title. In a media release, Chris Shannon, Bell’s general manager of hardware, logistics and supply, predicted "the mobile phone will become the digital music player of choice for many music lovers" sometime in the future.

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Mobile video offers opportunities for new formats: iLunch panel

Mobile video is on the move in Canada, but how far will it go? Mobisodes—short video episodes carried on cellphones—are attracting the interest of content providers hoping to discover new audiences and revenue streams. But is there really a market for video that is slightly larger than a postage stamp? And are there ways of creating truly interactive experiences?

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Pulver lays out predictions for VoIP in 2006; US struggles with legacy regulation

There is little doubt that Voice over IP services will represent an increasingly greater share of the local and business telephony in the United States and in Canada next year. Jeff Pulver, IP communications pioneer and founder of pulver.com, addresses the future of VoIP with his 2006 predictions. The following appeared December 6 on his blog.

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