Three UK owner also considering EE or O2 buy, report claims

The one-time U.K. monopoly carrier BT may be sniffing around O2 and EE as it considers how best to get back into the mobile carrier game, but it seems it’s not the only one. According to a Reuters report, Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa is also considering a bid for one of those companies. Hutch already owns Three, the smallest U.K. mobile network operator, so this would reduce the number of network-owning cellular players in the country down to three (the other being Vodafone). Three and EE already have a network-sharing deal that involves a joint venture called MBNL, so integration would be easier on that front. EE is jointly owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange, and O2 by Spain’s Telefonica.

UK’s EE unveils mobile-friendly TV service

The U.K. mobile carrier EE, which also offers fixed-line services, has launched a TV service called EE TV, featuring a set-top box that lets customers use their smartphones or tablets as the remote control. They can also watch programming on their mobile devices, with the possibility for up to four different streams of live or recorded shows. EE said it will in the future allow them to watch while on the move too, through the firm’s 4G network. The service will include standard Freeview live channels as well as the likes of Daily Motion, YouTube and Wuaki.tv.

Google-Dish: Perfect match or disaster in the making?

According to the WSJ, Dish Network and Google have been in talks about launching an LTE network. Google would bring cash, while Dish would bring spectrum, but neither company has the infrastructure or expertise to run a mobile carrier. Maybe that’s why Google is interested.