mobileTV News Circa 2007
mobileTV news was a leading site that provides up-to-the-minute and in-depth information across the industry spectrum. This was their website.
Content is from the 2007 archived pages of MobileTV News offering a glimpse of what this news site offered its visitors.
About mobileTv news
Our subscriber base includes leading technology providers, device manufacturers and content providers, amongst others. Alliances and technological developments are being announced almost daily in this rapidly growing industry, and mobileTV news is the online source for all the breaking news, case studies, video content and events information.
mobileTV news also covers the market in greater detail, with features, white papers, reports, careers and events information all available. With an excellent knowledge of the industry and a wide array of contacts we are able to source comment, news and interviews from all the major players in the game, giving our readers the inside track on the mobile TV revolution.
mobileTV news has over 800 registered readers worldwide and every month receives over 3,500 hits.
An observation: The partners at the Louisiana maritime law firm where I work had looked into some of the technology often referenced on this site. They were very forward thinkers and envisioned a future where lawyers could meet with clients and other members of their legal teams remotely, something that has become widely accepted with the internet. They even imagined putting functionality on their website (click here to view) to make it easier for prospective new clients to communicate and ask questions. Turns out that my employers and MobileTV-News.com were slightly ahead of their time and while all the conveniences they envisioned are now possible, the early adopters were a bit too early and could not get the customer base required to keep on going. Still, this was an always helpful site that provided up-to-the-minute and in-depth information across the industry spectrum. Alas, mobileTV news site didn't survive the competition....but if they had, well they could have been well ahead of the competition. Perhaps next time.
Welcome to mobiletv news 2007
Envivio introduces new 4Stream IP Gateway for Mobile TV services providers
May, 2007 – Envivio has introduced its 4Stream IP gateway for IPTV and mobile TV service providers.
The 4Stream IP Gateway is part of the Envivio all-IP Convergence Generation video headend. Announced in March of 2007, the headend also features the 4Caster C4 IP video encoders and the 4Caster M2 Mobile TV encoders both with IP input, as well as the 4Manager network management and redundancy system.
Supporting an all IP infrastructure, the headend solution claims to provide a multi-service platform capable of addressing the key devices targeted by service providers who control both fixed and wireless networks. The solution offers routing, simplified management and redundancy, requires less space and is easier to manage and deploy than today’s traditional IPTV and mobile TV headends.
“The Convergence Generation headend with the new 4Stream IP gateway provides a full end-to-end IP architecture from video reception to subscribers’ TVs or mobile devices,” said Julien Signès, President and CEO of Envivio Inc. “The IP headend architecture is a fundamental milestone for the video compression industry as it meets the challenges posed by network convergence towards IP and the demand by merged fixed line and mobile carriers for multiservice platforms.”
Irdeto to secure T-Mobile Hungary and Antenna Hungaria DVB-H Trial
May, 2007 – Irdeto has been selected by Hungary’s mobile operator, T Mobile Hungary and broadcast-service provider, Antenna Hungária to provide its Irdeto Mobile Broadcast content security solution for DVB-H end-to-end technical trial.
The trial will test interactive services, technical capabilities and performance of the DVB-H solution in Hungary’s capital city, Budapest
"AH enjoys the main position in the Hungarian broadcasting market where the key opportunity is the forthcoming digitalization. AH aims to be the main digital technology service provider, offering services also for mobile operators. Consequently, entering the mobile TV broadcasting market via DVB-H is one of the most important strategic initiatives for the company," said Mr. András Tóth, director of Communication and Marketing for Antenna Hungária.
"Irdeto has been developing and deploying mobile TV content security solutions for nearly four years now," said Graham Kill, CEO of Irdeto. "Our implementation experience, our support of every major mobile standard including DVB-H, T/S-DMB and MediaFLO and the outstanding availability of Irdeto-integrated handsets will continue to make Irdeto the provider of choice for mobile TV operators worldwide."
Arqiva captures the Cricket World Cup for TWI and the BBC
April, 2007 - Arqiva has secured a contract with TWI, the sports production arm of IMG Media, to provide production support for the BBC's coverage of the Cricket World Cup.
Arqiva will provide both Occasional Video (OV) and studio production facilities to enable the quick turnaround of the highlights packages, broadcast each night for the duration of the tournament. The Cricket World Cup highlights will be broadcast on BBC1 until 28 April 2007.
Simon Wheeler, Executive Producer at TWI, said: "The Cricket World Cup has a huge following and it's important that cricket fans don't miss out on any of the action from the tournament. Arqiva's expert technical support means that the daily programmes can be packaged as quickly as possible to make for great viewing."
Stan Hollins, Head of Studios at Arqiva said: "Given the high volume of footage coming through from the West Indies, we've worked closely with TWI so they can isolate the best moments from the Cricket World Cup and facilitate a seamless production for the highlights programme."
BBC trials 3G mobile syndication with Orange, Vodafone and 3
March, 2007 - The BBC has started a trial to syndicate a range of its television channels and radio networks via 3G to mobile phones with mobile operators Orange, Vodafone and 3.
The trial, which will last up to 12 months, will allow subscribers to Orange, Vodafone and 3's TV packages to watch BBC One, BBC News 24 and BBC Three (with the exception of some sport and acquired programmes) streamed on their mobiles.
They will also be able to listen to up to eight BBC radio stations including Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 6 Music, BBC 7 and Asian Network. The trial will start within the month.
Ashley Highfield, BBC Director of Future Media and Technology, states, "By making a range of television channels and radio networks available to 3G mobile phone subscribers, we hope to test, not only the effectiveness of 3G as a means of distribution, but also how audiences respond to the BBC's linear services on their mobiles."
GlobeCast to manage MobiTV content ingestion
March 20, 2007 –GlobeCast has been selected by MobiTV to manage content ingestion to support the delivery of live television to MobiTV’s mobile and broadband platforms in North America.
GlobeCast is furnishing channel ingest via satellite, signal encoding, monitoring and connectivity of live channels for delivery into MobiTV’s proprietary technology platforms.
“By centralizing our channel ingestion, MobiTV is now able to easily ingest and move channels on a global scale across GlobeCast’s worldwide network of teleports, satellite capacities and a global fiber ring,” said Kay Johansson, CTO for MobiTV.
Telefónica Trials Mobile TV with Alcatel-Lucent
February 9, 2007 - Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica have announced that they are conducting a pilot project for Mobile TV in Spain. The trial started in early October 2006 and is scheduled to run for 6 months.
According to Alcatel-Lucent, using its Mobile Interactive TV solution, Telefónica will be able to create interactive television services, allowing mobile end-users to watch TV channels, consult an electronic program guide (EPG) in a preferred format, rapidly change channels or content, and use contextual interactive services, such as ordering content associated with a TV program.
Cayetano Lluch, General Director of Technology, Telefónica Móviles España pointed out: “We want to offer our customers the most complete personalized best-in class multimedia experience, that brings the full benefit of interactivity and excitement into their everyday lives. In the framework of this multi-faceted trial, we are eager to cooperate with Alcatel-Lucent and we will test its end-to-end solutions portfolio covering mobile TV, radio and music service delivery.”
Orange, Texas Instruments and Viaccess Collaborate to Protect Mobile TV Content
February 9, 2007 - Texas Instruments has announced that it is working with mobile operator Orange and Viaccess to provide content and access protection for Mobile TV.
Mobile TV Trial Launches in Malaysia
February 9, 2007 - 3 Italia, Maxis Communications, Astro have announced the launch of a 3 month DVB-H Digital Mobile TV trial in Malaysia.
The trial will be set-up by 3 Power, which will provide DVB-H specific equipment, DVB-H network design & planning, handsets & USIMs, Conditional Access and Digital Right Management, ESG, integration with CRM and Billing in cooperation with leading international partners.
The trial will be launched mid 2007, involving Maxis' customers in Kuala Lumpur. Those chosen to partake in the trial will be issued with DVB-H mobile phones provided by Samsung and LG.
"Our 'world-first', with the launch of DVB-H Digital Mobile TV in June 2006, has been a success with over 250.000 customers in the first six months. We are now very excited to provide Maxis our DVB-H expertise" states Vincenzo Novari, CEO, 3 Italia.
3GSM World Congress to go Live on Mobile TV
The 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona next week will be on the air through mobile TV. A DVB-H mobile TV network, operated by Abertis Telecom and provided by technology company SIDSA, will cover the Congress.
3GSM TV will offer the latest news on the Congress with contents specifically dedicated to this event. According to 3GSM, 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 3GSM Congress and to make clear that DVB-H mobile TV transmissions are currently a reality. This experience comes at a time when Italy has recently seen the successful roll-out of two DVB-H services and when other countries, such as Finland, Germany, the Russian Federation and the US, are preparing for the launch of DVB-H commercial services.
Mobile TV World Forum and Digital Radio Show Announce Collaboration
February 6, 2007 - Junction, the leading digital media events specialist, has announced that two of its most successful events, the Mobile TV World Forum and Digital Radio Show, are joining forces on June 11-12 at Olympia, London. (www.mobiletv-forum.com, www.digital-radio-show.com). The show will host a free exhibition and is expecting over 1000 attendees.
Early confirmed speakers include: Gian Paolo Balboni, Senior Programme Manager TV and Multimedia for Telecom Italia; Ed Candy, Chief Technical Officer for Hutchison Whampoa Europe; Christoph Urban, Head of Mobile/Business Development for MTV Networks Europe; Nicholas Wheeler, Managing Director of ITN On; Melissa Goodwin, Head of Mobile for ITV; Henrik Rinnert, Managing Director of MFD Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland GmbH; Peter Davies, Director of Radio and Multimedia for Ofcom; James Cridland, Digital Media Director for Virgin Radio; and Quentin Howard, President of WorldBAB.
Ian Johnson, Managing Director of Junction, Ltd, commented; “Visual Radio looks like a killer application, especially for those targeting youth markets. This, along with mobile TV, is an example of the power of mobile phones as radio and television devices. The Digital Radio Show and Mobile TV World Forum have combined in order to provide a detailed overview and address the potential power of these two markets.”
About Mobile TV World Forum and the Digital Radio Show
The Mobile TV World Forum aims to provide the discussion forum, networking opportunities and exhibition space that this new digital TV platform needs. It will address key issues surrounding consumer attitudes and behaviour towards video on mobiles, service propositions and content offerings, business models and value chains, transmission technologies and standards, content production, interactivity, advertising, regulation and much more.
Radio is not just becoming an interactive medium: it is also becoming increasingly visual, and platform operators and supporters of DAB or DMB broadcasting must address the threat of Visual Radio on mobile phones, which receives ordinary FM signals into the handsets and synchronises them with WAP/GPRS connections via the mobile network to deliver enhanced data including colour images of artists, station logos or products that are being advertised. The Digital Radio Show 2007 will take a detailed look at the emergence of Visual Radio as a potential threat to digital radio and as a model that could be replicated on digital radio platforms.
Successfully Adding Mobile TV to a Handset
By: Phil Spruce, Handheld Marketing Manager, Microtune, Inc.
Including mobile TV functionality in a handset isn't just about squeezing in more circuitry, it's critical that handset designers understand the impact of tuner performance on service availability and quality.
SIDSA Launches New DVB-H Mobile TV Platform
JJanuary 29, 2006 - SIDSA, technology provider for Mobile TV, has launched a compact and fully integrated DVB-H mobile TV platform, POLAR PLUS.
The platform is commercially available and is giving service to the first commercial DVB-H mobile TV network in the Russian Federation to be launched in April in the region of Sverdlovsk with 15 TV channels.
SIDSA will give real and live demonstrations of DVB-H mobile TV transmissions at the 3GSM World Congress.
New Protus Ph.C From Snell & Wilcox Said to Improves Image Quality for Mobile TV
January 23, 2007 - Snell & Wilcox, provider of image processing, conversion and compression products for the professional film and television market, have announced Protus Ph.C, a new video image conditioning system that allows providers of mobile TV services to dramatically increase picture quality and/or reduce bandwidth requirements for delivering content to wireless, Internet, and Web delivery platforms.
Protus Ph.C works by applying a series of image conditioning tools to video content prior to its compression and distribution over any type of platform. Derived from high-end broadcast and digital cinema applications, these tools include noise reduction and motion compensated deinterlacing and scaling, which convert video to the correct scanning format, picture size, and aspect ratio required by mobile devices and computer screens.
"With the explosive growth in new mobile and IP platforms for TV, content delivery and streaming media service providers have become extremely aware of the impact on picture quality and bandwidth usage of sub-optimal deinterlacing, noise reduction, and other video processing steps," said Joe Zaller, vice president of marketing at Snell & Wilcox. "By performing these steps prior to video compression, Protus Ph.C helps any encoder to do its job better, which translates into maximum flexibility, higher quality, and bandwidth savings for operators."
Industry Giants Collaborate to Reach Breakthrough Milestone in MBMS Mobile TV Technology
January 23, 2007 - Huawei Technologies, provider of next generation telecommunications network solutions, have announced that together with QUALCOMM, it has completed the commercial MBMS (Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service) mobile TV interoperability testing (IOT), a mobile TV solution based on 3GPP Release 6.
The IOT was performed on Huawei's UMTS/HSPA network with handsets based on the Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) MSM7200™ chipset solution from QUALCOMM. During the IOT, MBMS technology was used to transmit TV programs at 256 Kbps. According to Huawei, the success of IOT demonstrates that MBMS is on-track for large-scale commercial deployments in 2007.
Yu Chengdong, president of Huawei Wireless Network Product Line, states: "MBMS service will be widely adopted by operators this year, with more and more equipment and terminal suppliers supporting MBMS service. Our CMB commercial deployment in Hong Kong in May 2006, followed by the industry's first commercial launch of our MBMS mobile TV solution will help operators stay at the forefront of multimedia mobile broadband market. "
Luis Pineda, senior vice president of marketing and product management for QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies, comments: "QUALCOMM's successful testing with Huawei is a significant milestone in the commercialization of MBMS technology, which gives network operators the ability to offer real-time infotainment to wireless users over their UMTS networks. We remain committed to working closely with the entire wireless industry in bringing new mobile capabilities to market around the world."