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 (OffshoreInjuryLouisiana.com) 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.
Julien Signès, President and CEO of Envivio Inc. said: “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.” “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.
Conducted in in Hungary’s capital city, Budapest the trial will test interactive services, technical capabilities and performance of the DVB-H solution. Located on Budapest’s Széchényi Hill, Antenna Hungária will use a 130W transmitter for transmitting programming from four Hungarian public TV channels to Samsung SGH-P910 and Sagem “My Mobile TV” mobile phones. Subscribers will have access to a SMS-based TV program reminder service aas well as use a built-in electronic programming guide (EPG) to scroll through programming options.
"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.
The trial is expected to end in late July. In the fall, Antenna Hungária will present its findings to Hungarian lawmakers hoping to prove that mobile TV has a viable future in the country. The Hungarian Parliament will initiate plans to sell digital spectrum space to operators interested in the distribution of mobile content through the DVB-H network if the trials are successful.
Graham Kill, CEO of Irdeto says: "Irdeto has been developing and deploying mobile TV content security solutions for nearly four years now. 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."
IRDETO SUPPORTS THE HUMANITARIAN RELIEF EFFORTS IN UKRAINE
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."
To learn more about Arqiva go to their current website: https://www.arqiva.com/
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. Wanting to expand their audience, the BBC believes that the mobile platform is a great opportunity to reach existing users in a new way and connect with people who are not currently big users of the BBC.
The trial will extend for 12 months during which the BBC will conduct extensive and unique research into consumer behaviour and experience. Subscribers to Orange, Vodafone and 3's TV packages can take advantage of the one-year trial to watch BBC One, BBC News 24 and BBC Three streamed on their mobiles. There are exceptions including some premiership football, some films and cartoons, and some acquired programmes like Neighbors.
Subscribers 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.
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 is 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, a subsidiary of France Telecom, transports and manages millions of hours of video and other rich media each year. GlobeCast operates 15 teleports and technical operations centers worldwide.
For 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.
Kay Johansson, CTO for MobiTV is quoted: “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”.
About MobiTV, Inc
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 Italy, Spain, and France.
The first phase of the trial running from December 2007 March will take place in Turin.
The Spanish trial starts in early October 2006 and is scheduled to run for 6 months. The trial, based on Alcatel-Lucent’s Unlimited Mobile TV solution, uses a multi-layer DVB-SH terrestrial network blending low-power transmitters from a mobile operator and medium-power transmitters from a broadcaster.
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, as well as 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, Telefónica Móviles España is eager to cooperate with Alcatel-Lucent and test its end-to-end solutions portfolio covering mobile TV, radio and music service delivery.
In addition Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica will preform market testing.
To learn more about Telefónica go to their current website: https://www.telefonica.com/en/
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 launched mid 2007. Those chosen to partake in the trial will be issued with DVB-H mobile phones provided by Samsung and LG.
Involving only Maxis' customers in Kuala Lumpur, the trial is set-up by 3 Power, which provides specific DVB-H equipment, DVB-H network design & planning, handsets & USIMs, ESG, integration with CRM Conditional Access and Digital Right Management, as well as billing in cooperation with its leading international partners, 3 Italia and Astro.
3 Italia was the first in the world to launch the DVB-H Digital Mobile TV service with a wide coverage.
In 2007 the DVB-H technology (Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld) was the latest digital broadcast technology which enabled TV content to be broadcasted directly to mobile phones. It offered audio, video and multimedia contents to a large number of users in optimal technical and cost effective conditions
About 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 announced that two of its most successful events, the Mobile TV World Forum and Digital Radio Show, were 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:
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.
In 2007 the Digital Radio Show took 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. Radio was not only becoming just an interactive medium, but also increasingly visual. Platform operators and supporters of DAB or DMB broadcasting had to address the threat of Visual Radio on mobile phones, which could receive ordinary FM signals into the handsets and synchronise them with WAP/GPRS connections via the mobile network thus delivering enhanced data including colour images of artists, station logos or advertised products.
In 2007 Mobile TV World was a departure from the traditional television model. It presented great opportunities and challenges to all players within the content-to-consumer value chain. The Mobile TV World Forum was designed for content aggregators and channel owners, content owners and distributors, free-to-air broadcasters, traditional TV multiplex operators, playout service providers, Pay TV network operators, broadcast transmission network operators, mobile phone service providers including Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), cellular network owners/operators, mobile phone and other receive device regulators, investors, manufacturers, and analysts.
Successfully Adding Mobile TV to a Handset
By: Phil Spruce, Handheld Marketing Manager, Microtune, Inc.
Mobile TV is gaining a lot of media and consumer attention. Including mobile TV functionality in a handset isn't just about squeezing in more circuitry. It is critical that handset designers understand the impact of tuner performance on service availability and quality. Unfortunately, there are no universal global standards and only basic performance specifications as of now. Until Mobile TV is deployed in a real mobile environment, it will be difficult to tell if a device or handset will measure up. Service and picture quality will be the main design aspects that early adopters will notice and remark upon. If mobile TV devices are not rigorously tested or the environment in which they will need to operate is not fully understood, handsets could easily fail when a user is watching TV. That could be a disaster for the market place.
In 2007 the dominant global standard for mobile TV is Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H), and there is no analogous certification process in place.
In 2014 the Media Daily News reported a study that said LAS VEGAS -- New research shows that more than half of consumers believe mobile devices will replace television sets by 2022. A rebuttal to that news from Michael Greeson in the comments section of the article: Smartphones are IDEAL for filling that hole and what better to fill it with than some form of video. But to assume that usage growth means the death of traditional 'lean-back' TV (which by virtually every believable research source is still eking out slight growth - it already takes up around one-eighth of our day) says more about the lack of understanding of the human psyche and our diurnal round by the researcher/pundit than anything else. And I have to agree. A small format screen is convenient in many circumstances and fine for some viewing, but nothing beats watching a sports event or movie on a large TV screen! The big screen is not going away.
Update Spring 2022
SIDSA Launches New DVB-H Mobile TV Platform
January 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 is a provider of image processing, conversion and compression products for the professional film and television market. Recently they announced the introduction of the Protus Ph.C, a new video image conditioning system. Providers of mobile TV services will be able to dramatically increase picture quality and/or reduce bandwidth requirements for delivering content to Internet, wireless, &Web delivery platforms.
By applying a series of image conditioning tools to video content prior to its compression and distribution over any type of platform, the Protus Ph.C will improve the image quality. These tools were derived from high-end broadcast and digital cinema applications, including motion compensated deinterlacing, noise reduction and scaling converting video to the correct scanning format, picture size, and aspect ratio required by computer screens and mobile devices. One of the most significant features of the Protus Ph.C system is its motion compensated deinterlacing. Protus Ph.C uses Ph.C motion estimation technology to deinterlace video images at a quality level that had previously been unachievable. This feature significantly reduces artifacts, enabling compression encoders to perform significantly more efficiently. Another benefits of motion compensated deinterlacing of the Protus Ph.C’s powerful noise reduction tools enables additional bandwidth savings.
Joe Zaller, vice president of marketing at Snell & Wilcox. is quoted as saying "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. 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."
About Snell & Wilcox
Industry Giants Collaborate to Reach Breakthrough Milestone in MBMS Mobile TV Technology
January 23, 2007 - Huawei Technologies, provider of next generation telecommunications network solutions, has announced that along 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 interoperability testing 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 interoperability testing 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, commented: "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."