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Demonstration of DVB-H shows viability of news delivered to handheld devices

Proponents of news on the go got a big boost yesterday in Singapore as Nokia, MediaCorp Technologies, M1 and the Media Development Authority of Singapore demonstrated a live television broadcast to a mobile phone via a DVB-H network.

While the demonstration was done in conjunction with an event sponsored by cell phone manufacturer Nokia, it nonetheless showed the viability of the concept and the Digital Video Broadcast Handheld (DVB-H) standard.

DVB-H is a standard specified by the DVB Organization for the broadcast of TV-like content and data to handheld devices, such as mobile phones, which have unique requirements in terms of power consumption, screen-size and mobility.

MobileOne (M1), a mobile operator in Singapore and provider of the live WCDMA network for the Nokia Connection event has also expressed its support of DVB-H as the digital mobile phone TV broadcast standard.

Yesterday’s demonstration was the first in the Asia-Pacific region. It follows other demonstrations throughout Europe that indicate there’s interest in finding a mobile phone television application.

The demonstration used the DVB-H standard because it is optimized for mobile, handheld receivers and supports the broadcast of a variety of digital content including television programs, interactive services and online content. The DVB-H standard - developed by the DVB Organization - combines traditional television broadcast standards with elements specific to handheld devices: mobility, smaller screens and antennas, indoor coverage and reliance on battery power.

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