Broadband Content Bits: DECE Members, IPTV Portugal, IPC Media, Icera IPO

DECE members: UK retail giant Tesco and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) are among the new members of the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), a largely-U.S.-based coalition of media companies trying to standardise on a “buy once, play anywhere” content format. The group also announced a common file format that can be licensed to create consumer devices and services; and have selected Neustar to develop a digital rights locker, a cloud-based account management hub. Release

Portugal IPTV: The country added 72,000 pay-TV subscriptions in Q3 2009, bringing the total to 2.4 million, says regulator Anacom, which attributes the growth to the rise of IPTV. From Broadband TV News

IPC Media: Publisher IPC Media has renewed and expanded a contract with Web TV Enterprise for online video ad sales across its web properties, which include the NME, Loaded and Trusted Reviews. From NMA

Icera IPO: The UK-based wireless chip maker is planning to list with a value estimated to be up to £618 million ($1 billion). From the FT

In Q1 Palm (NSDQ: PALM) sold over 800,000 smartphones worldwide, with the “vast majority” of those being Palm Pre, according to the company. But the Pre will be fighting for shelf space among never devices from Google (NSDQ: GOOG), LG (SEO: 066570) and Palm itself, which has said it will launch products before the end of May.

O2, which has exclusive rights to sell the Palm Pre in the UK, declines to give sales figures for individual devices. It told us: “Palm Pre sales are in line with expectations and we are happy with them.”

But, if the rumors of slow sales are true, this might not be such a bad thing. As it is, the operator has admitted that its network is already feeling the strain of too much smartphone use.