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DVB-H to become defacto mobile digital standard for Europe

March 15th, 2007 · No Comments

DVB-H could soon become the de facto mobile video standard for Europe. Despite the adoption of competing platforms by some mobile vendors, the European Commission is piling pressure on the European telecommunications industry to announce a single broadcasting standard for the region, and it favours Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds technology, aka DVB-H, as the best option.
The European commission estimates that the mobile TV market has the potential to generate 11.4 billion Euros worldwide by 2009. But only with a single standard and wide interoperability, is mobile video likely to take off. Live broadcasting of major sporting events is seen as the key driver to adoption in Europe.
Kari Lehtinen, VP of hardware brand Modeo agrees: “DVB-H will be like Bluetooth in a few years. Every device will get it sooner or later.” The US company has been Beta-testing DVB-H in New York since January, with eight music and six video channels available.  Modeo has also demonstrated DVB-H tuners able to fit into the SD Card slot of smartphones.

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