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Study: Mobile Video Infrastructure Market Growing in Spite of Economy

Recent research by In-Stat shows current economic problems will not impact the rapid growth of the market for mobile video infrastructure.

The research focuses on the distribution side rather than the consumer side of mobile video. “The U.S. is expected to remain on track to begin deployments of ATSC Mobile and Handheld (ATSC M&H) services during 2009, into 2010, and beyond,” In-Stat said. “MediaFLO will continue to build out in U.S. markets and may see some new markets developing.”

Mobile video infrastructure revenues are expected to reach $291 million in 2012, with transmission network buildouts generating more revenue than mobile video headends, the researcher said.

The abstract for the report, “Worldwide Mobile Video Infrastructure: The Buildout Continues,” describes the different methods for delivering video to mobile devices, including Internet access via a mobile data service, cellular in-band video delivered through the cellphone receiver, broadcast-specific cellular out-of-band, “synch and go” video services, and Wi-Fi and WiMAX.The table of contents lists the major components in mobile video headends:

-Content protection (Open Mobile Alliance and OMA-BCAST Specifications)

-Multimedia Gateways

-IP Encapsulator


-Systems Integration

The abstract has more information on the report and how to obtain a copy.

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.