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UK Operators to Merge Their 3G Video Content Platforms

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UK operators, O2 and Hutchison 3G (3) have announced plans to merge their mobile video platforms and allow users of one network to watch videos uploaded by customers of the other network. Yospace, a Bauer company, developed the video upload platforms for both operators, making the merging of their databases much easier to acomplish.

O2's LookAtMe! and 3's SeeMeTV platforms allow 3G users to upload videos to a central portal and they then get a share of the revenues earnt when other users watch the video clip on their mobile phones.

Since the launch of SeeMeTV and LookAtMe!, users have paid for more than 32 million video downloads earning a combined total of over 800,000 for users who have submitted more than 60,000 clips. The services currently generate 28 million mobile page impressions per month.

Just as with text and picture messages previously, opening access across networks is expected to be the major growth catalyst for what is already the UK's most successful mobile video community.

Dave Springall, Chief Technology Officer of Yospace, said: "We have been working hard to not only combine these two communities, but also to develop community features that will thrive under this operator-supported open access model. Our plan for 2008 is to make EyeVibe the biggest and brightest mobile community in the UK."

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