Sezmi, the company providing video programming services in 38 markets in the United States by using a mixture of off-air broadcasts and Internet video, has partnered with YTL Communications, the Internet arm of YTL Corp., Malaysia's leading utility and infrastructure company, to launch "Asia's first converged intelligent TV and Internet service."
The service will provide wireless delivery of all consumer entertainment and communications to homes and mobile devices in Malaysia by the end of 2011, according to a Sezmi press release. The planned service goes beyond what Sezmi is providing in the United States, encompassing voice, data, and television services to both fixed and mobile devices. It will use a hybrid broadcast and 4G network.
"YTL Communications started with a clean slate to build the world's first converged 4G network in Malaysia," said Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications. "Sezmi shares our vision of delivering amazing new experiences. As experts in next-generation television who have already developed and deployed a hybrid television network in a demanding market such as the U.S., Sezmi brings to us a deep understanding of both customer and technology requirements needed to deliver to Malaysia the world's first all-wireless hybrid-TV service to enrich the lives of consumers."
Could a similar partnership between broadcasters and telecom providers work in this country?
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.