Nokia has inked a deal with CNN. News Corp and Sony Pictures to serve video to the Nokia N95 which has embedded links to these sources already. These new sources appear under Nokia Video Center on the N95. Other phone models will get support later. Interestingly, this is a direct deal, not video served up a la Verizon V Cast or ATT's Cingular Video service.
With the new Nokia N95-3 with US 3.5G on the market, this means those of us on this side of the pond can take part in the fun too . Though for some reason only the Asia Pacific region gets CNN for now. We'll be posting our review of that new model soon-- we have it in house and improvements are notable.
Here's more info from Nokia's press release today: The Nokia Video Center offers Nokia Nseries users one simple place to discover and access the best choice of mobile video content via 3G, WiFi or PC. Users can switch easily between a range of different video services choosing from branded on-demand video, internet video podcasts and their own favorite videos. The Nokia Video Center is available on the Nokia N95 and Nokia N95 8GB.
New partners and their services:
CNN - Provides comprehensive international news coverage, as well as business, sports and entertainment updates from around the world.*
IBN News - Download the latest news and features to your phone from the leading English news channel in India.**
Jamba - offers free videos from three categories, music videos, cartoons and fun.
Sony Pictures - Inside Sony Pictures is your free all-access pass to trailers and added value content for current and upcoming movies, TV, games and more from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
RooftopComedy - Stand-up and sketch comedy clips from around the world.
ROK, FreeBeTV - Celebrity TV, Sports, Classic Commercials and Fun Little Movies.
Versaly Entertainment, FAST LANE - The premier mobile video channel for the male lifestyle: through its video business unit Vmbc.tv, programming includes intense action sports, hilarious comedy, full contact fighting, the best mobile user-generated content, and much more!
"The new partnerships expand the scope of quality mobile videos available to Nseries device owners. The new content ranges from movies, trailers and comedy to more informative videos such as international news." said Harri M?nnist?, Director, Multimedia, Nokia. "Consumer desire to watch internet videos on mobile devices is growing all the time and we want to help users discover and access the best content in the simplest way possible."
CNN*, IBN**, Jamba and Sony Pictures will join YouTube and Reuters and will appear in the main menu of the Nokia Video Center. RooftopComedy, ROK and Versaly Entertainment will be found in the Internet Videos category of the menu.
* The service is currently available in APAC region. ** The service is available in APAC region only.
Nokia to distribute video on N95 soon, other phones later