Tata Elxsi showcases broadcast solutions at BES 2008

The Systems Integration Division of Tata Elxsi showcases its leading portfolio of broadcast solutions at BES 2008. The complex yet cost and time-saving solutions from Tata Elxsi, India’s most experienced Systems Integrator, will support customers across broadcast segments, including advanced advertising, professional online/on-air/print weather, news & sports systems, 24/7 business compliance logging, contemporary archive & asset management, intelligent digital storage, networking & media management, and digital content creation, animation & VFX.

“Backed by over 15 years of systems integration experience, a network of 15 offices in India, and global alliances, the Systems Integration Division of Tata Elxsi has successfully enabled several of India’s leading broadcasters, smoothing their journey from legacy setups to unified, world class broadcast environments”, said Rakesh Solomon, Manager-Broadcast Solutions Group, Tata Elxsi.

Tata Elxsi will also showcase its leadership in R&D and product development for Digital TV and Mobile TV technologies at BES 2008.

Tata Elxsi's hybrid set top box reference solution receives broadcast TV via satellite (DVB-S) and provides interactivity via IP. The solution is highly customizable and portable with options to pick and choose features desired to be supported.

The mobile TV solution features a multi-standard software platform compliant with both OMA-BCAST and IPDC (CBMS) standards. The mobile TV software platform can be easily integrated to any portable/handheld device: Smart phone, PDA, personal media player, and so on. The solution has undergone extensive field trials globally in addition to India trials. Devices based on Tata Elxsi's mobile TV platform are expected to be launched to coincide with the rollout of mobile TV services in India and abroad.

"We offer a unique mix of complete Product Solutions ready for productization along with a rich basket of engineering support services, addressing various pre-production and post-production stages of the product life cycle. Our customers leverage this proposition by bringing out differentiated products with faster time to market", said Nitin Pai, Head-Worldwide Marketing, Tata Elxsi.


New DVB-H and DVB-T Mobile TV In-Car Entertainment Receiver

Nagravision is committed to its goal of introducing new innovations that enable mass market adoption of DVB-H services. “We are very proud of this collaboration with Magneti Marelli and Quantum that extends the digital mobile TV user experience to the automotive environment in the tier 1 original equipment segment,” Jean-Luc Jezouin, Senior Vice President Mobile TV business unit at Nagravision was quoted as saying.

The QTM TV is the first commercially available automotive-grade set top box that offers digital terrestrial broadcasting reception inside a car. It is based on a hybrid DVB-T and DVB-H architecture, wherein a twin diversity tuner is integrated for high quality mobile reception.

With QTM TV, car passengers will be able to gain ‘on the move’ access to a wide range of digital TV programs right inside their automobile. Stefano Martini, CEO of Quantum commented, “We are delighted to have worked with industry leaders Nagravision and Magneti Marelli and are proud to introduce the world’s first mobile set top box for Pay-TV services that seamlessly support both DVB-H and DVB-T. This will provide our service provider customers with enhanced revenue generating opportunities by enabling automotive passengers to access real time information and entertainment”.

By combining pay TV channels, the device will offer the broadest range of digital TV programming. Nagravision will manage the security as well as other “free to air” broadcasts. With an integrated SIM card, QTM TV also offers real-time traffic data monitoring capabilities and enormous opportunities to service providers to increase their revenues.

Marco Nassi, Magneti Marelli Director of Telematics Full Multimedia Systems & ADAS also commented, “We are extremely proud of offering integrated on our infotelematic devices the world’s first mobile set top box for Pay-TV services. Magneti Marelli has the same vision as Quantum and Nagravision of enhancing in-car infotainment functionality giving to passengers high quality digital TV service and increasing the journey experience on the car.”


Thomson : New Solutions for 3G Mobile TV

Thomson is expanding its integrated software and hardware platforms to support 3G solutions for mobile TV - including live video streaming, on demand, and format repurposing. Thomson has leveraged its IPTV video expertise and technologies, widely used by pay TV and telecoms operators worldwide, to adapt them to 3G/cellular networks.

Thomson is combining the ability of its mobile TV head-ends and its SmartVision service platform/VoD servers to support 3G networks in addition to IPTV. This innovative solution allows operators to provide a wide choice of revenue-driving video on demand and live streaming services to mobile handsets.

Thomson's new mobile TV solutions can thus provide convergent services and a superior customer viewing experience.

"As operators consider future-proofing their architectures in readiness for convergent services, Thomson is uniquely able to provide a range of head-end and middleware solutions for both fixed and mobile networks. Thomson's solution can simultaneously manage broadcast, unicast and on demand mobile TV services to the same handsets with a unified Electronic Service Guide for 3G/DVB-H services." said Patrick Montliaud, General Manager of Thomson's Network and Integration Solutions.

Optimising Viewing Quality Experience on Smaller Screens
According to a recent survey by TeleAnalytics, 24% of European mobile video and TV trial users stopped using the service because of service quality issues.

Thomson's head-end and VoD solutions ensure greater quality of service, and in addition its ViBE Mobile TV encoder uses innovative format repurposing technologies to automatically adapt images for display on smaller screens, such as mobile phones and PDAs.Thomson's expertise in compression technologies ensures the best picture quality for enhanced customer experience at 40% less bandwidth requires compared to previous generation codecs.

This patent-pending technology intelligently identifies the part of the image that is important to the viewer and automatically resizes the content to deliver the most complete, informative image for the mobile display.
Managing converged video services
Operators will be able to use the SmartVision service platform and VoD servers to support 3G formats for mobile TV as well as for IPTV services. Located in the heart of the operator's network, the server can be used to deliver VoD streams to mobile devices, PCs and set-top boxes.


Mobile TV evolutions at the Mobile World Congress

The evolution of mobile TV will require a broadcast component. At the MWC, vendors provided some news regarding the progress of various mobile broadcast solutions:

- Alcatel Lucent's DVB-SH, a hybrid solution combining satellite and terrestrial broadcasting, is progressing towards a commercial launch with ICO in the US, with a focus on the vehicular segment (with dedicated non-cellular large-screen terminals installed in vehicles). Elsewhere it is still at trial stage (e.g. with SFR, 3 Italy). There are rollout opportunities for DVB-SH in Europe, following the allocation by the end of 2008 of an EU-wide 30MHz band reserved to hybrid systems, and also in Middle East with S2M's mobile TV project in the region. On the device side, Alcatel Lucent is showing only two DVB-SH devices from Samsung and Sagem.

- Nextwave's TDtv is still a contender in the mobile broadcast space, thanks to the announcement of a commercial pilot with Orange and T-Mobile in the UK. The pilot will involve 1,000 customers from Orange and 1,000 from T-Mobile, in West/Central London, over six months from Q3 2008. It is interesting to note that the two operators will share the TDtv infrastructure and also the UMTS TDD frequencies, in order to make a better business case thanks to increased capacity and lower rollout costs. There will be 24 TV channels in total (10 common, 7 exclusive to Orange and 7 exclusive to T-Mobile) and 10 digital radio stations. Still, TDtv struggles with the lack of handset supported, with only one mobile phone used in the pilot.

- Ericsson continues to support MBMS and has announced the first commercial rollouts of MBMS in the next 12 months.

Advertising has been a key theme for the MWC this year. It is naturally becoming a central concern for players involved in developing mobile TV and video services, which see an opportunity to develop new ad-funded business models. One of the most concrete developments of advertising for mobile TV has been the announcement of an ad-funded video service by Vodafone Italy, prior to the show. QuickPlay is providing the technology that manages the video content and the video ads, and inserts ads into the content, while Amobee provides the mobile advertising platform.

On the other hand, mobile advertising in live channel broadcasting has not seen much progress yet, with only some point solutions available - e.g. banners and interactive services from Streamezzo, local ad insertion in DVB-H from UD Cast.



Sagem announces five new handsets for 2008

Television can be fun in many locations, regardless if on the couch at home or on the go. It’s also great when the television is so small that it fits into your pocket, and if you can also make calls with it, then even better. Sagem Mobiles are presenting their newest generation of DVB-SH compatible mobiles at the Mobile World in Barcelona.

DVB-SH is a superset of the popular DVB-T television reception technology. Next to TV functionality, a variety of multimedia features also come included like music or video functionality. A DiBcom DVB-SH receiver, belongs to the Sagem myMobileTV’s array of features, as well as a two megapixel camera with an eight fold digital zoom, and a MP3 player. The rotating display on the clamshell mobile is also practical.

Orange, T-Mobile pilot presages full TDTV launch

A year and a bit after it finished a trial with Vodafone, Telefónica, and 3UK, Orange is having a further look at TDTV, the UMTS TD-CDMA-3GPP Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Services (MBMS) technology.

The operator will this time partner with T-Mobile for the trial, which will take place in London, not Bristol, and will again use technology from the company formerly known as IP Wireless, now acquired and fully owned by NextWave Wireless.

John Hambidge, chief marketing officer for NextWave Wireless network products, said that the renewed trial takes the level of service and devices up a level.

"We're calling this a pilot, not a trial," he said, "because we really see this as on the path to real launch, so it's more than just a trial."

Hambidge said that the acquisition by NextWave, which also owns the former PacketVideo, gives the company a much greater scope of operation, rather than being merely an air interface provider.

Hambidge said that TDTV is likely to be attractive to operators for a number of reasons.

First, with a broadcaster having won DVB-H spectrum in Germany, and mobilkom having lost the DVB-H spectrum race in Austria, and spectrum allocations a long way off in other countries, it is still unclear what the value to operators will be of DVB-H, he said.

Second, operators already own TD-CDMA spectrum. In the UK, with forecasts of UHF spectrum sales reaching €300 million, that's a significant business advantage.

Third, TDTV, with its 10MHz of spectrum that UMTS operators already have under licence, supports 28 channels, he said.

"With DVB-H, how will they [the operators] differentiate, and can they drive revenues from a 8MHz band that supports only 16 channels, many of which are likely to be free to air," he said.

There would also be, with TDTV, no "third mouth to feed", Hambidge said. "Operators can get content direct form the provider, with no third party broadcaster."

Hambidge also claimed a range of technical benefits of TDTV, including sub-one second channel change times, and ease of integration with unicast services.

"There's no doubt if mobile broadcast TV is going to succeed it needs operators. They're the ones with the billions of customer relationships. But where's the business case for operators of wholesaling a broadcaster's product? If they're not part of the revenue case, why would it be a priority?" Hambidge said.

from http://www.mobileeurope.co.uk/


Nokia N96: The one to watch

Mobile World Congress 2008, Barcelona, Spain/Espoo, Finland - Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N96, a multimedia computer truly optimized for video and TV. With a large 2.8" screen, 16 gigabytes of internal memory and support for high-quality videos in a wide range of formats, the dual-slide Nokia N96 represents an exciting new chapter in mobile media. The Nokia N96 multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2008 with an estimated sales price of approximately 550 euros, before subsidies or taxes.

"In 2007, the Nokia N95 became an icon of convergence of Internet and mobility. With over 7 million units sold to date, the N95 has changed the way people use their mobile device. The Nokia N96 we introduced today builds on the success of N95, further enhancing the experience," says Jonas Geust, who oversees Nokia's Explore category. "Through the power of the Internet, video and TV are becoming even more prevalent in people's lives. With its large, bright screen, and a range of high-speed connectivity options and the enhanced Nokia Video Center, the new Nokia N96 is a personal window to entertainment."

Accessing internet videos is quick and simple. The Nokia N96 supports common video formats including MPEG-4, Windows Media Video and Flash Video, making favorite videos easy to view. Transferring and accessing videos is even faster with the high-speed USB 2.0 connection and WLAN and HSDPA support. In select markets, the integrated DVB-H receiver offers live broadcast TV with an automatically updating program guide. The massive memory can store up to 40 hours of video content. The storage capacity of the Nokia N96 can even be further expanded with an optional microSD card, such as the new Nokia 8GB microSDHC Card MU-43 which increases the available memory of the Nokia N96 to a total of 24 GB. For added convenience, the Nokia N96 features a 'kickstand' on the back cover that allows for hands-free viewing.

The Nokia Video Center offers one place to discover and access a variety of mobile content ranging from movie trailers and comedy to news from world-leading content brands such as YouTube, Reuters, and Sony Pictures. The catalogue of internet video feeds is continually expanded with more regional and country specific content.

For a superb music experience, the Nokia N96 features media keys, a 3.5 mm headphone connector and built-in 3D stereo speakers. The Nokia Maps application offers richer maps with urban details and satellite views and has upgrade options such as City Guides, turn-by-turn pedestrian mode and voice-guided car navigation.

The Nokia N96 boasts a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, flash and video light. It allows DVD-like quality video capture at 30 frames per second. Further, with the integrated A-GPS, consumers can now 'geotag' their pictures with location data and share them with their online communities.

The Nokia N96 naturally supports the Ovi family of Nokia internet services, including maps, music, media sharing and more.


Expway’s FastESG™ Solution Selected by ICO Global Communications for Mobile TV Services

Expway, the leading provider of content-rich Electronic Service Guide (ESG) solutions delivered over cellular, broadband and broadcast networks, today announced that ICO Global Communications (Holdings) Limited (NASDAQ:ICOG) has selected Expway FastESG™ for the alpha trial of its ICO mim™ service, which will use the DVB-SH standard.

ICO mim™ (mobile interactive media) is a converged service capable of delivering a wide range of consumer entertainment and communication services, including television, interactive navigation and roadside assistance. ICO mim will be delivered through ICO’s next-generation geostationary satellite (ICO G1) and an ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) to the ICO network. ICO G1 is scheduled for launch in March, 2008. The ICO mim alpha trial will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
The Expway FastESG™ solution enables end-users to select, access and watch mobile TV content on portable devices, and delivers other advanced services such as advertising, interactive services, podcasting and location-based services. Combined with Expway’s recent trial with Hiwire in the US, this deployment confirms the company’s leadership in standard-based ESG and advanced mobile TV services.
“We are proud that ICO has selected Expway for the first DVB-SH deployment in North America. It confirms our global leadership in advanced mobile TV services for both telecom and broadcast
providers. We believe that the combined features of the FastESG™ service layer and the DVB-SH standard will deliver a richer experience for end-users of the ICO mim service,” said Antoine Weil, chief executive officer of Expway.
ICO has chosen both the Expway client and server products, allowing it to deploy a compelling and personalized mobile TV experience as part of the ICO mim service.

“Expway is a leader in mobile TV ESG, and FastESG™ represents a proven solution that will help enable the unique set of interactive services that ICO mim will deliver to our customers,” said David Zufall, senior vice president, network systems for ICO.


NDS, UDcast To Provide Content Protection For DVB-H Mobile TV Services

NDS (NNDS), provider of technology solutions for digital pay-TV, and UDcast, provider of wireless IP broadcast solutions, announced a partnership to provide content protection solution for DVB-H Mobile TV services.

The solution would help operators to maximize revenue from mobile TV services by providing premium content to end users as well as enabling business models such as targeted advertising. Further, the solution would enable the ecosystem supporting global deployment of DVB-H.UDcast said that as part of the partnership, NDS integrated its VideoGuard Mobile TV content protection system for DVB-H with UDcast's Mobile TV head-end solution to provide a secure environment for Mobile broadcast and on-demand video.

The integration testing of the system proved seamless and effortless interoperability for broadcasters and mobile network operators deploying best of breed technologies.Nigel Smith, NDS Chief Marketing Officer, commented, “The content protection system of NDS together with the IP encapsulation provided by UDcast will enable mobile operators to create serious, revenue-generating businesses.”

Jas Saini, CEO, UDcast, noting the significance of content protection, commented, “True success with Mobile TV services comes about by providing more content that users demand and services that help to increase revenue, such as targeted advertising, so security is a top priority.”


abertis telecom deploys nine mobile TV networks at the Mobile World Congress 2008

abertis telecom, the abertis group’s infrastructure and telecommunications operator, will provide and manage the mobile TV broadcasting and transport network to receive television signals and interactive services on handsets during the Mobile World Congress 2008, to be held in Barcelona from 11 to 14 February.

As in the previous two years, the Mobile World Congress, the industry’s most important event and previously known as the 3GSM World Congress, will bring together the leading companies and international bodies involved in the development of telephone and mobile communications. Exhibitions and seminars on mobile TV services will be offered, while leading audiovisual and telecommunications companies will showcase their latest innovations and technological solutions in this market.

abertis telecom, as Official Mobile TV Provider at the World Congress for the third year running, is responsible for rolling out the network for all mobile television providers. This year abertis telecom has deployed nine networks to provide coverage in the DVB-H, DVB-SH, StiMi, T-DMB and MediaFLO standards. This year’s congress will also see the rollout of a network based on the Chinese StiMi standard for the first time. This has been made possible through the cooperation agreement signed in November with the National Scientific Institute of China to develop mobile television projects in conjunction with abertis telecom.

The infrastructure deployed by abertis telecom includes its television transport and broadcasting facilities at the Collserola Tower, the capacity of the Hispasat and Eutelsat satellite systems and a number of transmitters installed in the Fira showground, which will complete the coverage for broadcasts inside its halls. The rollout by abertis telecom guarantees mobile TV coverage throughout the showground.

abertis telecom will be broadcasting over these programming networks for more than 40 radio and television channels from leading national and international broadcasters, as well as the GSM Media Partners, CNBC and the congress’ own channel, the Mobile TV network, which will be broadcasting throughout the event.

abertis telecom actively promotes the development of mobile television, spearheading internationally renowned projects such as WingTV and FURIA. It has also carried out six pilot programmes throughout Spain with the country’s leading radio broadcasters and mobile operators.


Thomson participates in First DVB-H Mobile Television Service in Latin America

Thomson today announces that it is supplying a complete head-end solution to ATV, part of the pan-Latin American media group Albavision, to power a trial mobile television service in Lima, Peru and in Guatemala. The service, the first of its kind in Latin America, will roll out to the commercial market in June 2008.

The service at present features four live television channels, transmitted using the DVB-H broadcast standard. At the head-end, Thomson ViBE Mobile TV encoders compress the incoming video streams, which are then encapsulated into a single transport stream using the Thomson Opal DVB-H encapsulator. The electronic service guide is also created by Thomson.

“The idea of mobile television is exciting consumers in markets globally” said Patrick Montliaud, General Manager of Thomson's Network and Integration Solutions business. “The system we have delivered to ATV in Lima allows Albavision to build a market with minimum capital expenditure, knowing that they can expand through additional services, increased functionality and interactivity when they need to.”

“We see Mobile TV broadcasting as an important part of our growth in the future” said Angel Gonzalez, CEO of Albavision. “That is why it was important to get our service in Peru on air as quickly as possible. We knew Thomson as a very reliable supplier which could give us a complete, proven solution, and we are very pleased with the progress so far”. Juan Pablo Alviz, CTO of ATV added “We are examining the possibility of expanding this solution to other countries in Latin America”.


Abilis Systems Introduces World's Smallest DVB-H/T Receiver

Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company, has announced the availability of the world's smallestdigital mobile TV receiver for DVB-H/T applications, produced in a 5mm x 5mmCSP package. The new AS-101 integrates multi-band RF tuner, advanced OFDMdemodulator, memory and interfaces onto a single 90nm CMOS die, with thereceiver performance surpassing the MBRAI 2 and Nordig 1.0.3 specifications.

The AS-101 is optimized for multiple mobile and handheld applications,enabling digital TV capability on any device with a display. It supports theintegration of both DVB-H and DVB-T standards in mobile phones, portable mediaplayers as well as PND. A number of reference designs based on variousapplications processors have already been developed. This new single-chip receiver is part of a family of digital TV receiversfrom Abilis Systems based on its unique low power software defined radio (SDR)architecture and innovative multi-band RF tuner.

The company's SDR techniqueallows adaptive data processing and ensures excellent receiver performance inall reception conditions - using a parallel processing OFDM engine thatdemodulates signals even in noisy environments and high speed conditions.

The integration of a multi-band zero-IF radio ensures that the minimum of externalcomponents are required. This means that the AS-101 enables worldwide coveragewith superior sensitivity, power efficiency and low system cost. The AS-101, available in a 5mm x 5mm CSP package, reduces significantlythe overall cost and size of mobile devices with digital TV enabled.

AbilisSystems will demonstrate at the Mobile World Congress taking place inBarcelona early February a small, easy to integrate, module with single sidemounted components which breaks the $5 barrier in volume quantities. For moreinformation, visit our Hospitality Suite, 4.4HS02.


Broadcom Raises the Bar in the Mobile TV Market With World's First Single-Chip 65nm Mobile TV Receivers

Broadcom will demonstrate its new mobile TV SoCs at next week's 2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from February 11th to 14th.

Announced today is the Broadcom® BCM2940 mobile TV receiver -- a 65nm monolithic single-chip solution that integrates a dual-mode demodulator and tuner to support both DVB-T and DVB-H for the high-growth cellular handset market.

Also announced is the 65nm Broadcom BCM2930 mobile TV receiver that is optimized for DVB-T applications targeting today's high volume set-top-box and PC markets, and enables digital TV broadcasts as a value-added feature on portable platforms. Consumer electronics manufacturers can use Broadcom's new solutions to build innovative, robust and cost effective solutions that will continue to move the handset to the center of the personal communications and entertainment experience.


Discretix, VisualOn, Axel Debut Mobile TV Solution for Handset OEMs

Three prominent names in the mobile handset software space — embedded security solutions leader Discretix, multimedia application provider VisualOn, and mobile TV middleware developer Axel Technologies, have partnered to provide a pre-integrated Mobile TV solution for handset OEMs. The DVB-H-based solution, which supports both the OMA BCAST Smartcard and DRM Security Profiles, delivers an ultra-reliable, out of the box strategy for the "next big thing" in cell phones: digital television.

The partnership announced at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona, gives handset OEMs and service providers a new and practical alternative for rolling out mobile TV. The solution combines VisualOn's Mobile TV Player, Axel Technologies' Salmonstream Mobile DVB-H middleware stack and Discretix' Multi-Scheme Mobile TV security client.

The OMA BCAST Smartcard Profile protects Mobile TV services via the use of a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card. Both the Smartcard and DRM Profiles ensure that commercial broadcast content can be protected and tracked when transmitted over wireless networks.

"Cost-effective, standards-based technology solutions are the key to making mobile TV a reality for manufacturers and markets around the world," said Sean Torsney vice president of sales and marketing of VisualOn. "The combination of technologies from Axel, Discretix and VisualOn demonstrate that mobile TV is both user friendly and easy to implement."

"Using the DVB-H standard ensures a crystal-clear, broadcast-quality viewer experience. The Salmonstream Mobile stack, combined with the VisualOn Mobile TV Player front end and Discretix Multi-Scheme Mobile TV security client, is a turnkey solution that will cut time-to-market and project costs, and most of all, reduce risk for OEMs," said Markku Koponen, vice president of sales of Axel Technologies.

Salmonstream Mobile, one of the world's most comprehensive DVB-H middleware products, supports IPDC (Internet Protocol Data Casting) and OMA BCAST using DVD-H standards and implementation guidelines. A field-tested and proven technology, Salmonstream Mobile also enables file casting, and offers a Java API suitable for implementing future interactive services conforming to the forthcoming JSR 272 standard.
In addition to supporting DVB-H, VisualOn's Mobile TV multimedia player allows T-DMB, DVB-T and ISDB-T with PVR services. Using an MPEG-2 stream multiplexer, VisualOn Mobile TV's H.264 software codec enables users to experience "iPod quality" TV on a variety of handset devices.
"The Discretix-VisualOn-Axel solution is based on 3 proven technologies, with extremely strong appeal for companies looking to implement mobile TV capabilities," said Edo Ganot, executive vice president of sales and business development for Discretix. "What's more, with standards-based mobile TV security, this combined solution offers the highest security without compromising the user experience."

For more information, visit Discretix at Hall 4, Level 7, Hospitality Suite #22 and Axel at Hall 3, Level 1, Hospitality Suite #03 or at bmcoforum booth in Hall 2, at Stand B82 of the Fira de Barcelona center


France extends mobile TV trial

The French media authority CSA has extended the DVB-H trial for reception on the Paris metropolitan transport system RATP until April 15th.
The Paris trial has been going on since last October and intends to study the feasibility of mobile TV reception in metro stations and on the trains. The current trial will be extended to the suburban RER lines A and B and will also include radio broadcasts

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