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RF Shorts - April 22, 2010

  • • Wireless Week questions the motives of broadcasters in promoting mobile DTV in the article Mobile TV Effort's Suspicious Timing, Implications. The article isn't as negative as title implies, and includes a number of positive quotes about broadcast mobile DTV. The article quotes ABI Research analyst Fritz Jordan as saying that the joint venture (the PEARL Alliance – NBC, Fox, ION and several large station groups) is "exactly" what the U.S. mobile television industry needs. "It's one of the things that had to fall into place."
  • • I saw the Harris and LG demonstration of full-channel ATSC mobile DTV at the NAB Show last week, but didn't have a chance to include it in the last RF Report. You can find out more about it in the MM Network article Harris and LG demonstrate scalable Full-Channel Mobile DTV Technology. I'll have more on this in a future RF Technology column.

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.