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Play-Off on the UK’s first video “gameshow” for mobiles

Orange has developed the first service of its kind to offer the nation’s wanabees and extroverts a platform to pit their unique and bizarre talents against one another other.

Play-Off has been designed specifically for the mobile phone – so it doesn’t matter if you’re on a bus, out with mates, on the factory floor or in the office – the competition lets you take part.

How it works:

  • 10 to 15 second videos are submitted by users in response to a particular “challenge”
  • The best videos get entered into a series of “play-off” rounds
  • Users vote for their favourite
  • Winners progress to the next round and the losers drop-off
  • After each round the winners face a new challenger and compete again
  • The British public’s love of the game show format has run for many years – so, whether you look at X Factor, Dancing on Ice or even the Generation Game with a longing to have a go, or just have fun watching and voting on participants – Play-Off gives you the chance to get involved.

    Challenge categories for launch include Face-off, giving those who think they are the sexiest person alive a chance to prove it, Dance-off, for those with the craziest dance moves to let loose and finally Weird-off for, well, the weirdest stuff!

    “It’s all about fun and spontaneity” said Deborah Tonroe, Head of TV and Video at Orange. “Many of our customers love taking and sharing videos with their mobile phones, and many more can’t resist the opportunity to watch and vote in shows like this. We’re expecting 1000’s of viewers to watch and vote on the first competitions – so it’s perfect for anyone who fancies 15 seconds of fame!”

    Play-Off is being produced for Orange by IMP Media, a company specialising in multimedia services combining mobile, internet and TV. Tony Cuthbertson, Director of IMP Media, said: “Play-Off picks up on a number of big trends in television and the internet and adds the spontaneous interactivity of the mobile phone to create something that’s completely new and fresh.”

    You can find out what it’s all about by visiting Orange World on your mobile or by going to To be the next star of Play-Off, simply submit your clip at or send it by MMS to (7469).

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    HTC Kaiser previewed

    The HTC Kaiser (HTC P4550) with its built in GPS, 3G, HSDPA and spring loaded QWERTY keyboard looks like being one of the most sought after devices.

    HTC Kaiser

    The folks over at managed to get hold of some new images of the HTC Kaiser and as above, show the tilt and slide mechanism in action as well as some angles of the device that have not previously been seen.

    The HTC Kaiser is one of the few devices that really interests me at the moment, Tracy thinks it might be too heavy or chunky but what does she know, she’s just a girl! :p

    HTC Kaiser (P4550) specification:

    • Windows Mobile 6 Professional
    • 2.8″ QVGA LCD Touchscreen
    • 256 MB ROM – 128MB RAM
    • Qualcomm 400MHz CPU
    • GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS800, UMTS850, UMTS1900, UMTS2100
    • 802.11b/g WiFi
    • Built-in spring-loaded QWERTY-type keyboard
    • microSD memory card slot
    • Bluetooth 2
    • 3.0 megapixel auto-focus camera
    • AGPS
    • USB 2.0
    • 58 x 110 x 18mm
    • 160 grams

    EDIT: You can order the HTC Kaiser/TyTN II now and get £10 off the purchase price. Details HERE.

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