NEW MEDIA: Briefs

Sports Internet, the football web site company, has acquired Opta, the official provider of statistics to the FA Premier League, for pounds 3.87m. Sports Internet recently acquired branded football web site developer Planetfootball, and wants to give visitors to its Planetfootball sites access to the Opta database.

Sports Internet, the football web site company, has acquired Opta,

the official provider of statistics to the FA Premier League, for pounds

3.87m. Sports Internet recently acquired branded football web site

developer Planetfootball, and wants to give visitors to its

Planetfootball sites access to the Opta database.



Justerini & Brooks, the whisky maker, is launching a new web site for

its J&B Rare brand featuring interactive games, an intelligence quiz,

virtual table football and virtual balloon flying. Users can play

against each other online and the results will be posted on global

league tables.



They can also buy J&B branded merchandise online, and find an

international bar listing and events calendar at www.jbscotch.com.



Hyperlink has won a prize for retail at this year’s British Interactive

Multimedia Association (BIMA) Awards for its work on a customer kiosk

for Waterstone’s. The interactive kiosk features a database allowing

customers to locate specific books within the store, check their

availability and view their location, and then print out details to

order at the till.



Autohit, a web site selling cars online exclusively for the UK market,

is to launch this week. The site, at www.autohit.com, aims to act as a

one-stop shop for car buyers, arranging finance and advising on issues

such as tax, as well as taking orders online.



Flightbookers, the first UK travel agency to offer an online travel

booking facility, has launched a loyalty programme for users. The deal

includes a competition, whereby every 500th visitor who registers as an

’eBooker’ wins two tickets to the US. After registering, visitors will

receive special deals and features, such as online promotions, a monthly

newsletter and e-mails with last-minute alerts on discount flights.



Games Terminal, the online computer games retailer, is to offer a free

internet access service called gterminal.net from August 2. The company,

which was set up a year ago to sell games online, will also offer an

online gaming platform on the site, plus news and reviews.



PhoneMe, the internet freephone service provider that allows web site

visitors to request an automatic call back by pressing a button, has

changed its pricing strategy. Web site owners now have the option to

target four specific countries with an internet freephone button for

pounds 195, instead of paying pounds 495 for a full global button giving

them access to 250 countries.



KPMG is warning that 75% of UK firms are ignoring the tax implications

of e-commerce. The warning comes on the back of a survey of 300 firms,

jointly conducted with Demon Internet. It found that while 80% of firms

believe their products or services have e-commerce potential, tax issues

appear to have been set aside. There are tax opportunities arising from

e-commerce, and firms should be aware of VAT implications.



Highbury House’s web site addresses were printed incorrectly in last

week’s Marketing. They can be found at www.fishing.co.uk and

www.gardening.co.uk.



The New Media page is edited by Ben Rosier. E-mail

ben.rosier@haynet.com.



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