Motorola, Nokia Collaborate on Mobile TV Standards

In an effort to encourage greater adoption of broadcast mobile TV services and accelerate service deployment, Motorola and Nokia on Monday said they would work together to make their Digital VideoBroadcast-Handheld (DVB-H)-enabled mobile devices and network servicesinteroperable.

DVB-H technology enables the TV service most consumers are familiar with at home to be broadcast to a mobile device. Qualcomm and Samsung worked together to demo a competing standard called FLO technology earlier this year. With extensive pilots of broadcast mobile TV currently taking placeacross the globe involving broadcasters, mobile operators, broadcastnetwork operators and handset manufacturers, the market for commercialbroadcast services is expected to grow throughout 2006 and beyond.Nokia and Motorola want their share of the pie.

The competing handset manufacturers will collaborate to supportsolutions based on open DVB-IPDC (Digital Video Broadcast-InternetProtocol Datacast) standards. The solutions will be available tooperator partners interested in deploying multi-vendor mobile TVservices and trials in 2006 and onward. "Operators around the world are evaluating broadcast mobileTV as a compelling new service to offer their subscribers andinteroperability will play a key role in bringing these services tomarket faster," said Rob Bero, director of broadcast technologies,Motorola. News source: Tech News World

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