CBS and ABC to offer mobile news alerts

The wireless world keeps expanding, as both ABC and CBS have announced they are going to start offering wireless content to cell phone subscribers. Earlier in the week, Fox jumped into the pool with their own service.

CBS will launch CBS Alerts, which will include content from CBS News as well as show-business news from Entertainment Tonight. For monthly fees of 99 cents for CBS News TO GO and $2.99 for ET TO GO, users will get up to five alerts daily, with the option to read text and see video and images. The service will launch next week and be available through all wireless carriers and phones.

This week ABC launched ABC News Now, which gives subscribers access to 24-hour news from the network. The service is available on cellular Smartphones to SmartVideo subscribers. Smartphnone users will get hourly news briefs and 26 original programs, including Politics Live, What's the Buzz, and Money Matters. ABC News Now also offers clips from ABC programs Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20.

On Monday, Fox Broadcasting announced the launch of Mobizzo, a mobile entertainment destination Web site that allows users to download graphics and ringtones with Fox-centric themes to their phones.

The new digital wireless landscape may be changing faster than the TV and movie industry can keep up with it. Yesterday, the major Hollywood creative unions released statements threatening legal action if the payout scale for residuals on digital downloads wasn't revised--the pay scale hasn't been revised in more than 20 years.

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Mar 02, 2006