Agreement with Mobile Entertainment Corporation
Forbidden Technologies plc and Mobile Entertainment Corporation Develop Video Content for QUALCOMM’s BREW(TM) Platform
Forbidden Technologies plc, (“Forbidden” or the “Company”) which is developing and marketing proprietary technology for video distribution over the fixed line and mobile Internet, announces an agreement with Mobile Entertainment Corporation (MEC), the providers of premium entertainment across mobile platforms to develop video content for QUALCOMM’s Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless(TM) (BREW(TM)) platform. MEC has agreed to use Forbidden’s mobile video compression technology to enhance the content of MEC’s sports, music, gaming and lifestyle channels.
MEC plans to use Forbidden’s video compression technology to develop full screen, high frame rate video clips for BREW-enabled handsets. Using the BREW Distribution System, QUALCOMM will make the video-based applications available to wireless service providers deploying the BREW-based services to wireless subscribers. Currently, KTF in Korea, KDDI in Japan and Verizon Wireless in the United States provide BREW-enabled products and services to their customers. More than one million end users around the world have purchased and activated BREW-enabled handsets since November 2001.
Amy Mokady, Director of Business Development, QUALCOMM Internet Services said;
“QUALCOMM is pleased that MEC and Forbidden have chosen the BREW(TM) solution to deliver their applications and services to multiple wireless service providers worldwide. We look forward to the exciting new content that they plan to deliver to the BREW marketplace.”
Greg Hirst, Business Development Director, Forbidden Technologies commented:
“Our technology will allow MEC to deploy high quality video content within its Mobile Channels. It will give wireless service providers compelling content with which to increase revenues from their existing infrastructure.
“We are pleased to be a part of this dynamic relationship with MEC and look forward to working with the BREW(TM) team at QUALCOMM.”
Tim Hammond, Chief Executive Officer, MEC said:
“The mobile generation is anxious to receive entertainment content that utilizes the full spectrum of rich media. With Forbidden’s technology and QUALCOMM’s BREW solution, MEC can launch new and exciting mobile video channels to attract a broad customer base who use existing wireless networks, and add the United States and the Far East to MEC’s current pan-European operator reach.”
About Forbidden Technologies
Forbidden Technologies plc (www.forbidden.co.uk) develops and markets proprietary technology for video distribution over the fixed line and wireless Internet. Forbidden’s highly efficient compression allows the streaming of large pictures at high frame rates over the existing infrastructure of modems and mobile networks without the need for dedicated serving software or hardware and its Java player side steps the need for PC plug-ins.
Forbidden’s range of end-to-end video communication solutions provides a set of tools for advertisers, global companies and e-learning providers who believe that the moving image is the best way to get their message across.
About Mobile Entertainment Corporation
Mobile Entertainment Corporation (www.mobile-ent.com) provides pay-per-play games and entertainment content for mobile platforms worldwide. MEC has embarked on establishing operations throughout key European territories, with plans to launch in the US later this year. With MEC’s International reach, mobile operators will be able to source the very best quality premium mobile entertainment content channels in bulk from one organization.
Product ranges include SMS, EMS & MMS Games and Entertainment, as well as full motion video content to be launched pre-3G. These are distributed via mobile operators and promoted directly to mobile customers in the UK through MEC’s two million plus database. Forthcoming MEC products are being built around well known branded copyrights with leading publishers and TV companies.
QUALCOMM Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company’s CDMA digital technology. The Company’s business areas include CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the BREW applications platform; QChat(TM) push-to-talk technology; Eudora(R) e-mail software; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar(TM) system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS(R) and OmniExpress(R). QUALCOMM owns patents that are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. QUALCOMM has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 100 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P; 500 Index and traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market(R) under the ticker symbol QCOM.