Samsung’s iTunes competitor: Not new, but improving

Samsung has launched Music Hub on its new Galaxy S III in five countries. The service is touted as the “first completely integrated, all-in-one mobile music service” but it’s not exactly new. Samsung’s Music Hub debuted in 2010 and the company keeps trying to improve it.

Samsung boosts its mobile ecosystem with mSpot purchase

Samsung announced on Wednesday that it has acquired mSpot, a cloud-based content company formed in 2004. Until now, mSpot offered music storage with streaming playback and also movie rentals for various mobile platforms. The purchase is likely to bolster Samsung’s Media Hub for content and storage.

Can Carriers Finally Move the Needle in Mobile Music?

The hype surrounding mobile music continues despite the lack of evidence that the space will ever generate much in the way of revenues. But carriers still have a chance to use music to attract new consumers and keep the ones they have.

mSpot, Bell Canada Push More Video to the iPad

The iPad continues to prove itself as a video consumption device, with two announcements underlining new ways to deliver video to end users. While mSpot has launched a new video app for movie rentals, Bell Canada has launched up a website optimized for the tablet.

Hands On with mSpot, an iTunes in the Cloud

mSpot, a new music streaming service for your own audio collection, recently launched on Android 2.0 or better devices. Thanks to local caching, mSpot offers playback even when your phone has no data connection. But seamless on or offline playback is hurt by one main issue.

Vid-Biz: RealNetworks, mSpot, Vivox

RealNetworks Offers New Way To Mass Produce Mobile Video Apps; the company is rolling out a new mobile video service that will help entertainment and wireless companies tap into consumers’ increasing demand for watching video on the go. (paidContent)

mSpot’s Mobile Movie Streaming Service Expands to the Web; mobile entertainment startup is extending its Mobile Movies site, which will let users stream full-length movies on their mobile phones, to the web, allowing users to enjoy mSpot’s online streaming movie service on your computer. (TechCrunch)

Vivox Lets You Drop Voice Chat Into Any Social Media App; the startup is announcing the Social Voice Partner Program, which makes it easy for developers to integrate voice into any social media application with a small amount of effort. (VentureBeat)

Panasonic Is Winning the First Round of the 3DTV Wars; the CE manufacturer’s 3DTVs have already sold out at Best Buy, despite having launched as recently as March 10. (Ars Technica)

ViaClix Joins Rush To Get Online Video to TV; the startup offers a home router, called TV-Link, that sends Internet content directly to televisions via WiFi for viewing. (Fierce Online Video)

Dish Files Countersuit Against DirecTV Over HD Claims; the slugfest between DirecTV and Dish Network over marketing claims continued, as Dish filed a countersuit charging the larger operator with falsely advertising its HD services. (Multichannel News)

mSpot Broadens Mobile Movie Service Beyond Sprint

Mobile entertainment company mSpot announced today at the GigaOM Mobilize 09 conference that it’s expanding its streaming movie service this fall beyond Sprint to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, and will be available on more than 30 handsets.
mSpot allows users to stream full-length feature films (among other kinds of entertainment) across Wi-Fi, 3G or EDGE networks. We spoke with mSpot CEO and Co-founder Daren Tsui, who told us a little more about his service and gave us a little demo of it in action.