Channel 5 signs 3m Shopsmart sponsorship deal

The positioning of companies in prime sponsorship placement with media owners continues today with two separate deals involving ITV Network and Channel 5. The partnership comes at a time when an increasing number of companies are advertising in traditional media. The ITV Network has just signed a similar deal with Smile, the internet … [Read more…]

Vodafone and BBC agree to set new standards

WAP capability on mobile handsets will also allow customers to see supporting graphics with text stories and hear audio reports. By 2002, the introduction of 3G mobile phones with full multi-media capabilities will allow complete broadband access to Internet services, enabling customers to hear and see audio and video news stories on demand using voice-activated … [Read more…]

Customers guaranteed same day delivery

The service, called ‘NowNowNow’ offers customers the choice of three different delivery windows up to 10pm that day as long as you order by 3pm. However, the customer still has to subsidise the service with an 8.50 charge for the service, which is only available in the M25 area – although it will be rolled … [Read more…]

French retail figures tripled in year

Two percent of visitors to retail sites – 700,000 people – made online purchases in 1999, and numbers of visitors to e-commerce sites have doubled in the past six months alone. The trends are attributed to the increase in new sites and improved promotion. Average promotion budgets for French retail sites have doubled from less … [Read more…]

HP and VeriFone provide services to Open interactive TV

announced recently that they have provided secure network technology for Open’s interactive TV service. The contract is worth 4 m. VeriFone’s payment processing engine, used by Open, enables authorisation and settlement of payments using credit and debit cards- allowing interactive online purchasing of goods. The core processing behind the service is the VeriFone Omni-Host application … [Read more…]

Mudhut seals exclusive music deal

The company launched its site in February this year and has recently struck a deal with the Acid Jazz label. Mudhut have exclusive digital distribution rights of all artists over the next six years, and licenses for ecommerce, mcommerce and bespoke CD compilations.

UK banks upped internet presence

Barclays in the UK, Deutsche Bank in Germany and French bank Credit Lyonnais are planning a move towards pan-European Internet banking said the report. Differences in regulations between countries are a stumbling block for banks that plan to offer cross-border services in Europe, but increased convergence is expected in the next few years.

Sports Internet set for Yahoo global deal

The company declined to disclose details of the deal, but issued a statement confirming it was in talks with the leading search engine about “a commercial arrangement regarding the distribution of content”. Sports Internet runs around 20 co-branded sites for UK football clubs through its PlanetFootball network, which attracted 840,000 users and generated approximately 16m … [Read more…]

Virtual Internet introduce .it domain names

Virtual Internet claim to have liased with its Milan office and “taken advantage of regulatory changes at the Italian registry”. For Virtual Internet this move is set to prove very popular, Steve Miller head of marketing said, “We have already been approached by a number of IT companies who see .it as an ideal alternative … [Read more…]