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Alcatel brings America's Cup coverage to mobile and PC

  • 21 June, 2005 16:33

<p>Alcatel launches ‘Live Sailing’ and ‘Virtual TV’, two innovative services for the new media coverage of the 32nd America’s Cup</p>
<p>Valencia, (Spain), June 20, 2005 — Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that, as Official Partner of the 32nd America’s Cup, it has launched ‘Live Sailing’ and ‘Virtual TV’, two innovative services enabling the new media coverage of America’s Cup content via mobile handsets and personal computers on the occasion of the Louis Vuitton Acts 4 and 5 in Valencia, Spain.</p>
<p>For the first time in the history of the America’s Cup, ‘Live Sailing’ offers animated images and news updates of the races on mobile handsets (GSM/GPRS/EDGE and 3G/UMTS mobile Java™ handsets). ‘Live Sailing’ animations include different camera angles during races, trajectories, wind direction, distances between boats and the finish line, and archives of previous races.</p>
<p>‘Virtual TV’ brings the excitement of the 32nd America’s Cup live to broadband-connected Internet users on their personal computers. ‘Virtual TV’ streams a real-time 3D animation of every regatta live, provides the latest news during races, live comments of the key moments, a comprehensive schedule for the event and also includes a searchable archive of the past Acts of the 32nd America’s Cup.</p>
<p>Both services are available for immediate purchase from the home page of the America’s Cup official website (www.americascup.com).</p>
<p>This service launch complements Alcatel’s agreement signed with America’s Cup Management (ACM), according to which Alcatel, as Official New Media Provider, is handling the distribution and sale of all related multimedia content for the 32nd America’s Cup to mobile network operators and ISPs throughout the world. A case in point is the agreement signed by Alcatel with LA7, a subsidiary of the Telecom Italia Media group, for the distribution by LA7 in Italy of high added value America’s Cup-related new media content such as images, sounds, videos and live coverage over mobile phones and the Internet.</p>
<p>“Thanks to our partnership with Alcatel for new media, ACM can bring 32nd America’s Cup action in an innovative and exciting manner to a wider audience than ever before,” said Michel Hodara, chief operating officer of America’s Cup Management. “Not only the Organisation, but also the participating teams and our sponsors will benefit from Alcatel’s new media innovative services.”</p>
<p>“Alcatel’s involvement in new media for the 32nd America’s Cup is a prime showcase of our capability to deliver, here and now, new value through new media for sports and entertainment content owners and service providers worldwide,” stated Marc Rouanne, chief operating officer for Alcatel’s mobile activities. “Alcatel’s turnkey new media solution for the 32nd America’s Cup enables sailing enthusiasts to experience the excitement of the 32nd America's Cup on the Internet and mobile phones however, whenever and wherever they want”.</p>
<p>How to access ‘Live Sailing’ and ‘Virtual TV’?</p>
<p>- ‘Live Sailing’ for mobile handsets is available for download either from the home page of the America’s Cup official website (www.americascup.com) or directly at www.ac-mobile.com</p>
<p>- ‘Virtual TV’ for Internet access is available either from the home page of the America’s Cup official website (www.americascup.com) or directly at www.ac-interactive.com</p>
<p>- Direct online purchase price is set to 19,95€ for each of these services, based on the more than 60 regattas taking place during the Louis Vuitton Acts 4 to 9 in 2005.</p>
<p>About Alcatel</p>
<p>Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks; applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.</p>
<p>For more information, visit Alcatel on the Internet: http://www.alcatel.com</p>

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