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Nokia's Answer to iPhone Includes DVB-H Tuner

Nokia started shipping its N96 mobile phone (opens in new tab) last week. It has a 2.8-inch display and built-in 3D speakers and the ability to play video and audio files. It also features a camera.

Like the iPhone, it can browse the Internet, but unlike the iPhone, it has the ability to receive live TV using the DVB-H format available in many countries.

"The Nokia N96 is mobile entertainment at its best, a fitting flagship for our Nseries range," said Jones Geust, vice president at Nokia Nseries. "Watch live TV and video, take high-quality photos and geotag them to specific locations or directly upload them online via the fast Internet connection—it is all about taking mobile entertainment and communication to the next level."

Nokia's N96 shows that manufacturers believe consumers are interested in viewing live TV on their cell phone/media player. Demand for this DVB-H device should provide a boost for devices based on the proposed ATSC M/H standard.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.