Orange Sports TV Channel on Personal Mobile Television (France)

Orange France has obtained a DVB-H mode frequency for its "Orange Sports" TV channel, following the request for applications issued on 6 November 2007 by the French Audiovisual Regulator.

Orange Sports TV, the sports news and discovery channel, will thus be one of the first channels to be broadcast on mobiles in France, via the new DVB-H standard. Winning this frequency will enable Orange Sports TV to continue its development and expand its audience. The channel, launched on 6 September 2007, is already available on TV capable mobiles, on the Internet and on Orange TV.

Orange Sports TV is the first French television channel specially created for multi-media broadcasting: TV, Internet, and mobile. Orange Sports TV is a sports information channel with a highly specialised team of writers and crew who are lent support from the experience and content provided by its prestigious partners such as CNOSF (The French Sports and National Olympic Committee) and the Sporever Group.


Samsung and Nokia to Collaborate on Mobile TV and DRM Standard

To encourage greater adoption of broadcast mobileTV services and accelerate service deployment, Samsung and Nokiatoday announced they will work to achieve interoperability among theirDVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld) enabled mobile devices and theopen standards based Nokia network services system.

The handsetmanufacturers will work together to support solutions based on the open OMABCAST standard available for operator partners interested in deployingmulti-vendor mobile TV services and trials in 2007 and onward. "Within DVB-H technology, Samsung has already commercialized handsetsbased on the CBMS OSF standard, and will develop the OMA BCAST standardbased mobile TV handset. Its inclusion in our product portfolios willenhance our customers' flexibility in choosing suitable standards based ontheir business models," says Kwang Suk Hyun, Senior Vice President ofAlliance Team of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

"Nokia warmly welcomes the collaboration in accelerating the adoptionof DVB-H based mobile TV services to the market. We see that the OMA BCASTstandard is essential in launching mobile TV services on a global scale,"says Harri Mannisto, Director, Multimedia, Nokia. "Further, thewell-defined service and content protection profiles within the OMA BCASTstandard such as the already now available OMA DRM, provides the ideal pathtowards standardized solutions enabling a coherent and open market forsuccessful worldwide mobile TV deployments." The deployment of mobile TV services will offer new businessopportunities for companies across the value chain, including content andbroadcast companies, mobile service providers, infrastructure and handsetmanufacturers, and technology providers.
The availability of interoperableDVB-H enabled devices and services is a key factor in further opening upthe market. DVB-H is an effective technology for deploying broadcast mobile TVamong the many digital technologies available to deliver mobile TVservices. DVB-H technology offers high service level quality, low batteryconsumption and offers the end-user the ability to simultaneously receivebroadcasts while using other mobile services such as telephony and internetaccess on their device.

In parallel to supporting mobile operators launching mobile TV servicesbased on existing technologies in their networks, Samsung and Nokia areboth active in ongoing standardization and technology development tooptimize the broadcast mobile TV experience. The companies will work oninteroperability efforts using the open OMA standard while continuing toparticipate in industry-wide interoperability efforts within the relatedstandardization bodies.


Skyworks Supports First European Mobile TV Slider Phone

Skyworks Solutions announced that Samsung is leveraging its ultra-compact and high efficiency front-end modules (FEMs) for open-loop EDGE, and power amplifiers (PAs) for WCDMA and HSDPA across more than 10 innovative universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) models. In particular, Skyworks is supporting their first mobile TV slider phone for Europe.
At a slim 16.7 millimeters (mm), the P960 supports both European mobile TV technology standards – digital video broadcast-handheld (DVB-H), and the new open mobile alliance mobile broadcast service enabler suite (OMA-BCAST). The handset features optimized viewing with a large 2.6 inch quarter video graphics array (QVGA) thin film transistor (TFT) screen, and Bang & Olufsen ICEPower technology for top-notch audio. The device also offers a 3-megapixel camera with power LED, music player, and FM radio with RDS for 24/7 news.
“Skyworks congratulates Samsung on achieving the milestone launch of Europe’s first DVB-H handset, and is pleased to support their family of compelling mobile TV platforms,” said Liam K. Griffin, Skyworks’ senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Our participation in their P960 design reflects our multimode design-win momentum and UMTS market share gains at Samsung and other OEMs.”
The SKY77519 FEM incorporated by Samsung is the industry’s smallest solution for open-polar EDGE architectures, enabling OEMs to raise the mobile bar with an optimized power usage solution (OPUS) and delivering maximum performance that can help increase talk times by 10 percent, improve power savings by 30 percent, and expand battery capacity by 10 percent. As a result, the P960 promises battery life of up to five hours of TV watching time.
In addition, the small and efficient SKY77170 PA packs full 1920-1980 megahertz (MHz) bandwidth coverage into a single compact package. A directional coupler is integrated into the module, thus eliminating the need for any external coupler. The single gallium arsenide (GaAs) monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) contains all active circuitry in the module.


Estonia : Levira starts DVB-H trial

The Estonian national transmission company Levira has begun a DVB-H pilot in the capital, Tallinn.
The service, which is offering seven channels free of charge, with more to be added shortly, can be received with Nokia 77 sets that retail for around €500 and will last until the end of the year.
Levira, which is 49% owned by France’s TDF and has partnered up in the trial with EMT, hopes the necessary legislation will be put in place for it to launch a full DVB-H service next year.


Kenya launches mobile TV

Business Day reports that Kenya has launched a mobile TV service. It is the third African country after Nigeria and Namibia to do so.

The service was launched by South African continental pay-TV operator MultiChoice through its Kenyan subsidiary, MultiChoice Kenya, in conjunction with mobile operator Safaricom and the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

The technology being used is Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H), the same as that in Nigeria and Namibia.

Meanwhile in South Africa, the launch of a mobile TV service is reportedly being delayed by government.
For more informations about MobileTv in Africa, see also : http://dvb-handheld.blogspot.com/search/label/Africa

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