Consumers are more interested in free, ad-supported video downloads than in paying by the episode, according to a survey by Frank N. Magid Associates. Among consumers who expressed an interest in purchasing an Apple Computer iPod video player, 72% expressed a preference for free, ad-supported content in comparison with paid downloads.
LG Electronics, which until now has been a major backer of Sony's Blu-ray format for the next generation of high-capacity DVDs, announced it also will support HD-DVD, a competing format backed by Toshiba. Samsung Electronics Co. and RCA also may announce they will support both formats, an analyst predicted. HD-DVD discs are expected in stores before Blu-ray ones.
Mobile commerce hasn't materialized as quickly as some had hoped, but Motorola may breathe new life into the concept with its M-Wallet system. Unveiled last month, the technology aims to link mobile phones to multiple accounts via a virtual bank, allowing users to purchase just about anything by pressing a few buttons. Motorola is working with wireless carriers to implement the system.
Intel said it plans to have WiMAX cards for laptop computers ready by the second half of 2006, as costs for the technology fall and adoption rises. The company said previously the cards wouldn't be ready until 2007.