Nokia proposes mobile TV standard
May 15, 2005
Nokia has proposed its version of a standardized method for delivering broadcast digital TV to handsets in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
The DVB-H standard competes with a host of other similar technologies, including Qualcomm’s new MediaFlo. Companies supporting DVB-H say it’s less expensive and allows a quicker product turnaround,
CNET News reported.
DVB-H supporters also include U.K. wireless operators O2; multicast operator Crown Castle Mobile Media, which plans to build a mobile TV network; cell phone infrastructure equipment provider UDcast; and a number of chipmakers including Texas Instruments and Intel.
Nokia’s move supports the wireless industry’s view that there’s a sizable market for mobile TV fare, including movies, news clips and standard programming typically found on TVs.
So far, Verizon Wireless and other operators offering TV services are finding them a hard sell, according to research group Informa. This year, Verizon expects to sell only about 130,000 video handsets, suggesting the worldwide market for them is commensurately small,
Informa concluded in a recent study that 125 million people — about 5 percent of all cell phone owners — would watch TV on their handsets by 2010.
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