Philips launches TV on mobile

Philips’ TV on Mobile technology will enable European consumers to watch live TV, as well as pictures, movies and music, all on the move.

Royal Philips Electronics has announced it will deliver a System-in-Package (SiP) enabling TV on mobile in Q4 2005. The solution, based on the DVB-H standard, contains all the functionality of a complete digital TV receiver in an area the size of a thumbnail.

The technology will enable consumers to connect to live TV, as well as pictures, movies and music, all on the move. Philips recently demonstrated its DVB-H capabilities at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.

Facilitating the development of TV on mobile, Philips will roll out a small system board in Q2 2005 to support handset vendors participating in the next phase of DVB-H trials. This will be followed later in the year with a full SiP for DVB-H that will offer a reduced footprint and lower power consumption. Low power consumption will mean consumers will be able to watch TV for over 10 hours before needing to recharge their phone, and the small chip size will make it easier to integrate into the mobile phone.

With DVB-H, operators can also broadcast mobile phone software updates to a large number of handsets simultaneously, enabling the addition of revenue-generating applications after a phone has been purchased. Philips Software offers a complete application that supports H.264 video and AAC audio for viewing and listening.

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