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05.10.2012 03:39 PM
ATSC: Harris Exec Warns of Mobile DTV Delays
WASHINGTON: An executive with Harris Broadcast this week warned attendees at an industry meeting that broadcasters’ roll-out of Mobile DTV needs to move forward quickly or could risk becoming irrelevant.

“If we drag this out another two or three years, it will definitely be too late,” said Jay Adrick, vice president of broadcast technology at Harris Broadcast at the annual meeting of the Advanced Television Systems Committee in Washington this week. Adrick has been heavily involved in the development of the standard but said that remaining issues such as business models need to be formulated soon.

“The fact is that we’ve learned a lot in the first demonstrations of this technology and we rushed to get a standard out there and did a great job except there were some things related to be business model that we forgot,” he said. “Once those ingredients have been blended with the basic system I think we’ve got a very compelling story for the public.”  

Mobile DTV was one of several items on the list of subjects the standards association tackled during its annual meeting on May 8, which also included the move to more efficient compression methodologies, enhanced audio delivery, and a “next-generation” global television standard. Featured speakers included Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione, MPEG founder and CEO of CEDEO; Mark Richer, ATSC president; and Brian Markwalter, vice president of research and standards for the Consumer Electronics Association.

The panel discussion on mobile DTV examined numerous aspects of the platformF as it exists today, including implementation of reception capability in cellphones, user feedback and marketing information provided by the system, its place in emergency situations, and more. In addition to Adrick, the panel was moderated by Dave Arland, president of Arland Communications, and also featured industry leaders Erik Moreno, senior vice president of corporate development for the Fox Networks Group and co-general manager of Mobile Content Venture; John Lawson, executive director of the Mobile 500 Alliance; James Kutzner, chief engineer at PBS; and Bill Livek, chief executive officer of Rentrak.  

Panelists admitted that there were still difficulties to be overcome in the area of public acceptance of the new service. Adrick noted that there are now 125 TV stations providing some 200 Mobile DTV program services in more than 40 U.S. markets. He observed that perhaps the greatest difficulty in garnering consumer acceptance is lack of Mobile DTV viewing devices.  

“The big point yet to resolve is to get receivers out there,” said Adrick. “Once we have that, we have accomplished the major portion of our rollout.”
(Image of Jay Adrick courtesy of the ATSC)

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Posted by: Steve Symonds
Thu, 05-10-2012 05:28 PM Report Comment
Is anyone going to give away receivers? Let me see a show of hands please...As I thought, no one is going to give away receivers. That said, Adrick has this exactly backwards. The big point is to give consumers a good reason to buy receivers. It's called content! Come up with a compelling bundle of content that's reasonably priced and people will buy receivers. And by "compelling" I don't mean the "special mobile channel" mush FLO TV spent millions of dollars on. I don't mean the pablum MobiTV has cobbled together. The content people will buy isn't a mystery folks.
Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 05-10-2012 06:47 PM Report Comment
Free content, please.

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