Sidsa demonstrates dvb-h mobile tv platform at ibc

from Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)
The DVB-H mobile TV platform will distribute both free-to-air and encrypted TV content to the entire IBC exhibition area. SIDSA will provide and operate the platform through its POLAR PLUS Headend. The demonstration aims to show interoperability among all DVB-H-enabled devices for CBMS and OMA BCAST
SIDSA, an International DVB technology provider, announced plans to provide and operate a DVB-H platform at the upcoming IBC show. The company has been selected by the IBC organisation to operate, through its POLAR PLUS Headend - which is compliant with DVB standards-, the mobile TV platform from its 245 booth (IPTV/Mobile Zone), proving once again that its DVB-H technology solutions are in the forefront of the industry.
The DVB-H platform will cover the entire IBC exhibition area, and will broadcast seven channels: BBC1, BBC2,BBC News24, BBC4, BBC3, Cbeebies and CBBC. They will be distributed free-to-air using the CBMS and OMA BCAST standards, although some will be encrypted in collaboration with a third party. The IBC Organisation, National Grid and Teamcast will also take part in the DVB-H live service. The aim of the demonstration platform is to show interoperability among the different DVB-H enabled devices that are going to be shown during the IBC and to make clear that DVB-H mobile TV transmissions are currently a reality. Moreover, SIDSA has enriched its POLAR PLUS platform with a new added-value by including the OMA BCAST solution. This experience comes at a time when several countries have already launched commercial DVB-H services, such as Italy and the Russian Federation, and some others are preparing for their launch.

Nigeria: DSTV Mobile Debuts in Nigeria

Nigeria attained another technological height yesterday, with the launch of Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) by Details Nigeria Ltd, one of the licenced pioneers of Multi-point Multi-channel Distribution Services (MMDS) in the country.
The first of its kind in Africa, the DVB-H is a technological standard that allows digital terrestrial broadcast of live television and audio channels to a mobile phone.
The technology, which will be rolled out commercially by December this year, will afford subscribers the opportunity to view 12 Dstv channels on their phones. Such channels include CNN, Big Brother Africa, NTA, African Magic, Trinity Broadcasting service, Supersport 3, and E entertainment.
Other channels include supersport update, channel O, Cartoon network, Supersport 9, and M-Net movies channels.


Iranian searchers design DVB-H

From TaliyaNews
Iranian searchers on the fields of electronics and communication have designed DVB-H, by the use of which consumers can watch television serials by their mobile phones, said technical assistance of the project.
Mr. Mahmud Fakhraee said: '' we are going to design the mock-up DVB-H , by which the television serials can be watched on the cell phones, as Industrial ministry supported us. We will test the mock-up in IBC trade fair, one of the focal fair trades on the mass media equipments which is going to be held in Netherlands. We hope the pilot, which is going to be tried as a prototype by the assistance of Media, be successful.''
He talked over Information Technology and the effect it has on our modern lives and said that so many equipments are going to be offered that used IT as their main technology, among which DVB is mentionable. Different kinds of DVB that are going to be sold are DVB-S, which is a kind of DVB that is used in broadcasting movies by satellite, DVB-T, which is another kind of DVB that is used to broadcast movies by a land-based transmitter; or Terrestrial, and DVB-H, which broadcasts movies on the cell phones.Mooj technical company has manufactured DVB-S, DVB-H, DVB-T, and DVB-S2 till 1381 as DVB helps the consumer watch some channels simultaneously.
He added that DVB-H has the ability to receive all the programs that are in MPEGII with high capacity and after coding and standardizing them, the standard would be ETSI EN 300421, sends them to the strengthener for satellite broadcasting. It is helpful in stationary stations of satellite broadcasting, live programs, and other DVB over IP satellite broadcasting.


Thomson Leads Open Mobile Television Trial in Sydney

Thomson is working to deliver a trial, five-channel mobile television service across the greater Sydney area in Australia. The service uses the open DVB-H standard and can be received on any DVB-H capable mobile device equipped with decoding technology from Irdeto, with whom Thomson is working to deliver the service.

"The Thomson DVB-H encoding platform is able to offer scrambling capabilities, multi-MNO services, and statistical encoding" said Martin Farrimond, Broadcast Australia's general manager for mobile television. "The platform is pre-integrated with Irdeto conditional access. This is a further phase of Australian mobile TV trials, and is designed to ensure that a well-informed decision is made regarding selection of the best solution for the eventual commercial mobile TV service."

There are five channels in the trial service at present, with CNN and children's service Boomerang as well as three national channels ABC, ABC2, and SBS. Other channels may be added later. They are encoded using the Thomson Mobile TV encoder, developed specially for Mobile TV applications. The encoder relies on a powerful hardware platform that features a best-in- class acquisition board, advanced pre-processing filters, multiple codec support and multi-stream generation.

The statistical encoding capabilities of the Mobile TV encoder is also used in conjunction with the Opal statistical time slicing to ensure that the best use is made of the available bandwidth while preserving video quality.

The other critical part of the trial system is the Thomson SmartVision Mobile TV service platform. As well as managing subscriber, services and system configuration, it also provides a live electronic service guide (ESG), generated automatically by SmartVision.

"The use of open, international standards is critical to the success of any mobile television service," said Patrick Montliaud, Senior Vice President of Integration and Networking Solutions business unit within Thomson. "This Broadcast Australia trial uses the widely accepted standards of MPEG-4 AVC encoding and DVB-H transmission. We are delighted to be a part of this trial, and proud to be able to ensure that audiences receive the best possible quality through the use of our dedicated statistical encoding platform."


KPN targets summer Olympics launch for DVB-H

Dutch incumbent KPN has revealed plans to launch its mobile Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld (DVB-H) service in the Netherlands to coincide with the start of the summer Olympics in Beijing.
The new service will be offered over the company’s Digitenne DTT service. No details about packages, subscription plans or services have been released. KPN is the sole company licensed to provide DVB-H in the Netherlands although it is expected to wholesale its mobile TV service to the country’s other cellcos – Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange.


DVB-H licensing coming soon in Germany

Reuters reports that a spokesperson for the directors’ conference of the state media authorities has stated that a national licence for mobile television using the DVB-H broadcast standard should be awarded by the end of this month. The interested parties – including a consortium comprising the three largest cellcos by subscribers, T-Mobile Deutschland, O2 Germany and Vodafone Germany – had until Friday to work on their proposals. The country’s cartel office will decide by 13 August whether to allow the wireless operators to join forces and compete for a licence against broadcasters Premiere, ProSiebenSat.1 and units of the RTL Group.


DMB and DVB-H conquer the world

Mobile TV standards DMB and DVB-H have led a fierce battle in the domination of the mobile TV market.
Two mobile TV broadcast network operators, based on DVB-H and DMB respectively, have decided to leave the mobile TV business. On the other hand more progress has been made by both technologies in Europe and Asia where several services were launched and some important partnerships signed.
Indonesia: Local consumer electronics manufacturer PT Agis has started a partnership with mobile TV and IP TV technology firm Broadband Network Systems (BNS) and infrastructure provider Toshiba. PT Agis will act as the service provider while BNS will aggregate content and Toshiba deploy the network. The broadcast mobile TV service will be based on the DMB technology.

Italy: Local public broadcaster RAI has opted for DMB as the technology format for its new mobile TV platform. The choice come as the result of a deployment cost comparison between DVB-H and DMB. The DMB network deployment cost is around €8m for a 85 per cent population coverage while a similar deployment with DVB-H would cost in the order of €300m. The service is expected to launch in Roma in August with 3 TV channels and several radio stations. RAI plans to cover more than half of the population by Christmas this year.

Malaysia: Local pay TV operator MiTV and handset manufacturer Nokia have signed a partnership is order to launch a DVB-H based mobile TV broadcast service during the second half of 2007. Nokia will be responsible for the end-to-end integration of the mobile TV service.

Netherlands: Mobile TV start-up Mobiele Televisie Nederland (MTVN) launched DMB trials in The Hague. The service uses existing digital audio broadcasting (DAB) frequencies. The purpose of this trial is to prove the Dutch government that this spectrum, to be awarded this year, is also appropriate for mobile TV broadcasting. KPN is currently the unique broadcast mobile TV licence holder in the region and uses DVB-H.

Philippines: Leading local mobile operator Smart Communications and broadcaster 360media have launched a mobile TV service called myTV in 6 major cities in the Philippines. The service uses the DVB-H mobile TV technology. The mobile TV package offers access to 10 channels including CNN, Cartoon Network and MTV for 488 Pesos (€7.8) per month. The service will be free as a promotional offer until 31 August. Smart Communications expects between 60,000 and 70,000 mobile TV subscribers in the coming months.

Portugal: Leading national broadcaster TVI and second largest mobile operator Vodafone Portugal have finished a DVB-H trial in Lisbon and are looking forward to launch commercial services relatively soon. No specific launch date was mentioned. The service uses Thomson's SmartVision platform to broadcast 8 mobile TV channels.

South Korea: Satellite mobile TV service provider TU Media signed a content deal with major national broadcaster MBC. The service counted 1.17m subscribers at the end of June. Through this partnership TU Media will expand its channel portfolio from 12 to 15 channels which is almost twice competing mobile TV broadcast service operated by the three main TV broadcasters in the country.

Switzerland: The Federal Communication Commission (ComCom) is to award broadcast mobile TV licences in Q4 2007. Applicants have until 27 July to submit their mobile TV proposition. ComCom follows the European decision regarding the standard to adopt and recommends the use of DVB-H. Five criteria will be used for the selection including coverage and roll-out, concept and implementation, business and service plan, contribution to media diversity, coherence and credibility of the candidature. The licence is for 10 years and requires 30 per cent population coverage by the end of May 2008 and 50 per cent by end of 2012.

USA: Mobile TV broadcast operator and Aloha Partners venture HiWire is to offer access to 24 TV channels during its trial in Las Vegas this summer. Content partners include Discovery Communications (7 channels), MTV networks (6 channels) and Turner Broadcasting (2 channels). Mobile operator T-Mobile will be the service provider during the trial.

Vatican: After a successful T-DMB trial in partnership with Korea's Ministry of Information and Communications, the Vatican has decided to adopt the standard for commercial mobile TV and radio broadcasts
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Las Vegas : Expway’s Electronic Service Guide (ESG)

Paris, June 19, 2007 -
Expway, the world’s leading provider of Mobile TV content and service management software, proudly announces that Hiwire LCC and Reti Radiotelevisive Digitali (RRD) has selected Expway FastESG™ for the Hiwire Mobile TV launch in Las Vegas.

Expway FastESG™ solution enables the promotion of services and contents available on the newly deployed Hiwire Mobile TV network. This deployment confirms Expway’s leadership position in DVB-H standard-based ESG. Italy was the first country to deploy DVB-H services on a large scale and Expway FastESG™ has been retained by all the major Italian operators.
The Hiwire trial will take place in Las Vegas and a major Wireless Carrier will be participating to the consumer trial. RRD is the platform provider retained by Hiwire for deploying its DVB-H trial that comprises SES Americom for network infrastructure and satellite links, LG Electronic for DVB-H phones, and Expway for the ESG.

“Hiwire was looking for a standard-based features rich ESG solution; FastESG™ fulfills perfectly this requirement as it has been deployed in Italy within hundreds of thousands of customers” said Antoine Weil Expway CEO.

FastESG™ is a strategic application that promotes contents and services to end-users and drives them to order, watch and consume contents. The Electronic Service Guide leverages the most valuable asset in a mobile TV service: the broadcast content.

“Expway will also be offering to Hiwire its next generation platform FastESG v3 that allow Interactive services, Datacasting & Advertising” added Antoine Weil. “I am thrilled by what Expway enables us to do” said Scott Wills Hiwire CEO. “Hiwire can offer advanced Mobile TV services and roll out a national network that allows localisation. We will be able to offer in each US region a bundle of national and local channels.
This is a compelling offer for Mobile TV!” FastESG™ is compliant with the DVB-H IPDC and OMA B-CAST, the standard for convergence of broadcast and mobile services. Expway FastESG™ solution places the Electronic Service Guide at the crossroad of revenue opportunities for Mobile TV operators.
Integrated into the network and into mobile phones, FastESG™ is the gateway that enables seamless access to radio, TV channels and ondemand programs.

Expway solution interfaces with conditional access systems (CAS), broadcasting transmission
equipments, and is integrated into a wide range of consumer electronic devices.

DVB-H for Dubai

Tecom Investments has tapped a Deutsche Telekom subsidiary to build a mobile TV network in Dubai using DVB-H, a new video broadcasting technology.
The German subsidiary, called Media & Broadcast, said the DVB-H (digital video broadcasting-handheld) network would deliver TV programming over mobile phones beginning with a test phase running through 2007.
The contract with Tecom, a holding company covering real estate, tele-communications and technology firms, is worth several million dollars.
Users will be able to receive 12 TV channels on their cell phones and mobile end-devices free of charge.

EU supports DVB-H mobile broadcasting standard

Recently, the European Commission announced the full support for the DVB-H mobile broadcasting standard. It’s a good news especially for Nokia, who invested heavily in this technology and already got in place two DVB-H enabled handsets - N92 and N77. Most other phone and handheld companies are on board, too: Motorola, Philips, Sagem, Sony, Ericsson, Samsung and operators Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile and Telecom Italia.

Now, it’s up to consumers to adopt the new technology. According to EU officials, next year is crucial for wide adoption. At the moment, market is at the very beginning with penetration rate being less than 1% in Italy, which is known as the most advanced market for mobile technologies on the continent. Other countries are following closely - Finland launched commercial mobile TV services last month, while France and Spain are planning to do the same later this year. Mobile TV trials are taking place in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Sweden and the Netherlands…

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