Mobilicity Review: Good Value and Good Service

For consumers, a triopoly of wireless service in Canada has meant high prices (as confirmed by several international surveys) and a limited number of service options.

Thankfully, over the last two years, several newcomers on the wireless scene have appeared in a number of major Canadian cities offering Canadians lower wireless voice, text and data pricing. One of those newcomers is Mobilicity which launched service in Toronto in May 2010.

NHL Vault now available on select Sony HDTVs

Sony Canada said today that NHL Vault is now available in Canada on select Sony Internet enabled HDTVs, Blu-Ray Disc Players and Home Theatre Systems.

For $4.95 CAD per monthly subscription, NHL Vault allows hockey fans to watch 800 historic hockey games dating back the 1960s.

MySpace sold for $35 million

Six years after it bought the site for $580 million, News Corp has agreed to sell MySpace to Specific Media, a California-based online advertising network, for $35 million. The deal also gives News Corp a 5% stake in Specific Media.

Anik G1 satellite to launch in November 2012

While releasing its latest financial results, Shaw Communications confirmed today that it expects its Direct-to-Home satellite service, Shaw Direct, to have a third satellite in space by November 2012.

Anik G1 will join Anik F1 and F2 which have been used to beam Shaw Direct signals to consumers since April 2001. Anik G1 will increase Shaw Direct’s satellite capacity by 30%.

Shaw revenues up 36% in recent quarter

Shaw Communications Inc., the country’s largest cable television and cable telephone provider, has announced its financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal year ending May 31, 2011.

The company reported revenue for the three month period was $1.82 billion, up 36% over the same period last year. The big increase in revenue was due primarily to increased cash flow from the new Shaw Media division (formerly CanWest Global Communications) and higher cash flow from the cable division.

TSN is Canada’s most profitable Specialty Station

The Canadian Specialty Television Industry is perhaps this country’s most profitable industry. Cultural tariff barriers placed on the industry by the Federal government allowed the industry to record revenues and record profits in 2010.

Last, the Specialty television industry had profits of $877 million on $3.46 billion in revenues. The specialty station with the largest profits was Bell Media’s TSN which earned profits of $53 million on revenues of $267.6 million.

U.S. E-reader ownership doubles in six months

The percent of U.S. adults with an e-book reader doubled from 6% to 12% between November 2010 and May 2011 according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Half a million Android Devices are activated each day

Over half a million Android devices are being activated every day according to a recent tweet by Google Senior VP Andy Rubin.
That number is up from 300,000 per day last December and 200,000 a day in August 2010. Rubin says the number of activations is still growing by over 4% every week.

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