Mobile TV Standards

BBC News writes:

All is not simple and straightforward in the mobile TV arena.

There is a battle for supremacy between two competing standards: DVB-H for Digital Video Broadcasting for Handsets and DMB for Digital Multimedia Broadcasting.

Dr Chan Yeob Yeun, vice president and research fellow in charge of mobile TV at LG Electronics, said: “DMB offers twice the number of frames a minute as DVB-H and does not drain mobile batteries as quickly.”

The Japanese, Koreans and Ericsson of Sweden are backing DMB.

Nokia, by contrast, is backing DVB-H, and is involved in mobile TV trials that use its art-deco style media phone, which has a larger than usual screen for TV or visual radio (a way of accompanying a radio programme with related text and pictures).

Even if the standards battle is resolved, there is the thorny issue of broadcasting rights.

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