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Making money from mobile phone videos.

A company that pays customers to send in clips shot on their mobile phones has paid out more than pounds 100,000 to contributors.

See Me TV channel, which is run by mobile media company 3, claims that it puts mobile phone users in the "director's chair" by showcasing clips downloaded from their phones.

The channel was launched in October last year and has received more than 30,000 mini movie clips from its customers mobile phones so far.

Footage shot on mobile phones is becoming increasingly popular as events can be recorded on handsets before television cameras arrive at a scene.

Several news organizations used mobile footage taken by the public in the immediate aftermath of the bomb attacks in London last July.

And mobile phone footage of the northern bottle-nosed whale that was stranded in the Thames in January this year was widely used before cameras got to the scene.

Contributors who send in their mini movies to See Me TV are paid 1p every time their clip is downloaded by three people.

The cash is accumulated and paid out once it has reached pounds 10.

The channel has now announced the launch of three new categories of films - a news clips service called 24 Hours, a dating clips service and a music talent service.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 6, 2006
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