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Broadcasting to mobile receivers

The development of the Digital Video Broadcasting to a Handheld (DVB-H) standard makes it possible to deliver live broadcast television to a mobile handheld device. Building upon the strengths of the Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial (DVB-T) standard in use in millions of homes, DVB-H recognises the trend towards the personal consumption of media.

 

DigiTAG DVB-H Handbook

 

The DigiTAG DVB-H Handbook seeks to address the key commercial, technical and regulatory issues affecting the DVB-H standard.

The study on Mobile Broadcast Television in Europe provides a overview of such services in western Europe as of January 2008

 

  

:: 12/02/2014

Poland - Cyfrowy Polsat seeks changes to mobile pay-DTT offer

The operator of the fourth DTT multiplex, Cyfrowy Polsat, has requested the right to make changes to the composition of the multiplex.

This multiplex, known as multiplex 4, provides pay service to mobile devices using the DVB-T standard. It is the only pay service on the DTT platform. It had previously been operated by Info TV FM and used the DVB-H standard.

Cyfrowy Polsat is requesting the right to increase the number of services it can offer on the multiplex as well as an extension to the list of television services that it can offer.

The mobile pay-DTT service officially launched in June 2012. It is estimated to have 100,000 subscribers although this figure has not been confirmed by Cyfrowy Polsat.

Source: Presserwis website

:: 28/10/2013

United States - Major marketing push to promote Dyle mobile TV

The Mobile Content Venture (MCV) has announced a major marketing campaign to boost awareness of its mobile television services.

Known as Dyle mobile TV, the service uses a broadcast network to deliver television content to mobile devices. The service launched in August 2012.

As part of the marketing campaign, the Audiovox mobiletv receiver will be promoted. It attaches to a tablet or other portable device to allow viewers to access television services.

The marketing campaign will take place from 28 October until 19 January in 12 urban areas including Phoenix, Miami, Houston, and Detroit.

MCV is a joint-venture of 12 major broadcast groups.

Source: Dyle press release

:: 24/09/2013

Poland - INFO-TV-FM seeks compensation for DVB-H network

Magna Polonia, which owns the DVB-H network operator INFO-TV-FM, has filed a lawsuit against the leading telecom operators PTK Centertel, P4, Polkomtel and T-Mobile Poland.

Magna Polonia is seeking zl 617.8 million (€146 million) in compensation for the failure of the telecom companies to use its DVB-H network.

Previously, the competition regulator UOKiK had fined the telecom operators zl 113 million (€27 million) for anti-competitive actions related to the INFO-TV-FM network. The telecom operators have refused to pay the fine.

Source: Telepolis website

:: 11/06/2013

Poland - Cyfrowy Polsat offers pay-DTT promotion

The pay operator Cyfrowy Polsat has announced a promotion of its pay DTT service.

Subscribers to the Cyfrowy Polsat offer can access the free-to-air DTT platform as well as 8 additional pay television services. All services are available using the DVB-T standard.

As part of the promotion, the DTT set-top box is available for PLN 1 (0.25 Euro) while the first six months of the subscription is free. Afterwards, fees are PLN 9.90 (2.30 EURO) per month.

This promotion is valid until 23 June.

Source: Cyfrowy Polsat website

:: 02/04/2013

United States - Mobile TV coverage set for expansion

The coverage of mobile broadcast services is set for expansion in early April.

The media group Sinclair has announced that 10 of its affiliated local broadcasters in 9 different regions will launch mobile broadcast services. These regions include Austin, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton (OH), Asheville (SC), Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, St Louis, and West Palm Beach (FL).

The local Fox broadcast affiliates will use the Mobile Content Venture's (MCV) Dyle mobile-TV environment while the other broadcasters will use the Mobile500 Alliance (M500) solution. Currently, M500 and MCV are working towards a common platform solution.

Source: Broadcast Engineering

:: 18/12/2012

United States - Open Mobile Video Coalition to be integrated into NAB

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), which has advocated in favor of mobile broadcast services, is to be integrated into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

As of 1 January 2013, the key activities coordinated by the OMVC will be taken over by the NAB. These activities include the management of technical groups, advocacy, and marketing. The OMVC launched in 2007.

According to the executive director of the OMVC, Anne Schelle, the key objectives of the OMVC have been accomplished and integration with the NAB is the logical next step. The OMVC helped to developed the mobile broadcast standard, create an ecosystem for broadcasters and manufacturers, and to encourage device development.

Mobile television services launched in 2012 under the brand name of Dyle mobile TV. Services are available to 55% of the population. Mobile television is based on the ATSC A/153 broadcast standard.

Source: NAB press release

:: 27/11/2012

United States - Mobile TV receiver for Apple devices already sold out

The Elgato EyeTV Mobile which allows an iPad or iPhone to access the mobile DTT platform is out stock.

Launched on 19 November, the Elgato EyeTV Mobile had been available from Amazon and Elgato. However, the first shipment has already sold out. The receiver is a small peripheral that docks to an Apple device and uses a telescoping antenna.

It is part of the Dyle brand mobile television service which offers free-to-air mobile television services from the leading commercial broadcasters.

Source: TV Technology

:: 05/10/2012

Poland - Cyfrowy Polsat reduces mobile DTT monthly subscription fee

Cyfrowy Polsat has announced a reduction in the cost for monthly subscription for its mobile television services.

New subscribers will be able to access the service for a monthly fee of PLN 14.90 (€3.65) compared with a previous cost of PLN 19.90 (€4.88). The cost is unchanged for current subscribers. A pre-paid option is also available.

The service allows viewers to access 8 television programme services (Polsat Sport, Polsat Sport Extra, Polsat Film, Polsat News, BBC Series, Movie Poland, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon) and 12 radio services.

Two receivers are available to access the service: T-Home HD 1000 and MT 5000.

The Cyfrowy Polsat mobile television service uses the DVB-T standard.

Source: Cyfrowy Polsat website

:: 20/09/2012

United States - Dyle mobile television officially launced

Live mobile television, known as Dyle, has officially launched in the United States.

Over 130 television programme services in 50 television markets are now available for free. Approximately 55% of the population can access the services.

Dyle is the brand created by the Mobile Content Venture (MCV), an organisation bringing together 12 major broadcasters including NBC and Fox.

Viewers are able to access Dyle mobile TV on smartphones, tablets and in-cars, with receivers progressively becoming available.

In addition, the Mobile500 Alliance has announced plans to launch its mobile broadcast television services, MyDTV, this Autumn. The Mobile500 Alliance membership includes over 400 broadcasters.

These services use the A/153 Mobile Digital TV broadcast standard.

Source: OMVC website

:: 17/08/2012

Denmark - No license obligation to launch DVB-H on MUX6

The Radio och TV-nämnde has announced that the commercial DTT platform operator Boxer does not need to launch mobile television services using the DVB-H standard from Multiplex 6.

This announcement had been made on 4 July. However, the regulator will reconsider the need for mobile television services on the DTT platform in 2015.

Currently, Open Channel is undertaking a trial of the DVB-T2 Lite technology profile in Copenhagen.

Capacity on Multiplex 6 can be used for the provision of new television services.

Source: Teracom website

:: 03/08/2012

United States - First Dyle-enabled smartphone launches

The telecom operator MetroPCS Communications and the manufacturer Samsung have announced the launch of a new mobile device capable of accessing live television services.

The Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G smartphone allows users to access the Dyle mobile television network set up by a coalition of broadcasters. This is the first smartphone to access the Dyle network.

Access to the broadcast network will be available to MetroPCS subscribers at no additional cost. The Dyle broadcast network uses the ATSC-M/H standard and has been rolled out by broadcaster operating under the alliance of the Mobile Content Venture.

The service will be available in 15 broadcast markets. Further smartphones will be available from LG while Elgato and Belkin will make doggles available to access mobile broadcast content from portable devices.

Source: MetroPCS press release

:: 13/06/2012

United States - OMVC issues two addeda to receiver guidelines

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) has announced updates to its Receiver Profile Guidelines that had been issued late last year.

These new updates provide for two new receiver profiles for basic and advanced services.

Specifically, two new documents have been issued. The Conditional Access (CAS) Addendum sets out the minimum requirements for receivers to access protected content while the Audience Data Gathering and Reporting Recommendations Addendum describes the elements of the "Consumption Data Unit" (CDU) to be used for audience measurement systems.

Through its membership, OMVC represents 900 broadcast services across the United States.

Source: OMVC website

:: 12/06/2012

United States - New emergency alerts system added to mobile DTV standard

The ATSC has added a new feature to its mobile DTV standard ATSC A/153.

This new feature, known as Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS), allows for the delivery of multimedia alerts to mobile DTV receivers. Rather than only using text, these alerts will be able to utilize video, audio and graphics.

M-EAS has been tested in a year-long trial in which multimedia emergency alerts were sent to prototype mobile DTV receivers. Public Broadcasting Service and LG Electronics undertook the trial.

Source: ATSC website

:: 04/06/2012

Poland - Launch of mobile TV services

The satellite operator Czfrowy Polsat has officially launched its mobile television service offer which uses the DVB-T standard.

Viewers are able to access the free-to-air DTT platform as well as the encrypted service offering from Cyfrowy Polsat which includes 8 television and 12 radio programme services.

TV Mobilna allows viewers to access television programme services from their smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. Two receivers are currently available, T-HD 1000 and M-T 5000.

The service is available in 27 urban areas. Subscriptions cost PLN 19.90 (€4.5) per month.

Source: Cyfrowy Polsat website

:: 25/05/2012

Italy - DVB-H multiplexes to offer DVB-T services

The Government has approved a decree allowing operators of multiplexes to replace the usage of the DVB-H standard with other broadcast technologies.

As a result, RAI, Mediaset and 3Italia will be able to offer services using the DVB-T or DVB-T2 standards. In addition, RAI and Mediaset now each operate 5 DVB-T multiplexes which precludes them from participating in the upcoming DTT auction.

Broadcasters are unable to operate more than 5 DTT multiplexes.

Source: Digital Day

:: 22/05/2012

India - Frequencies found for mobile TV services

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has announced that it has begun negotiations with the Telecommunications Department to source frequencies for mobile television services in the frequencies 585 - 698 MHz.

In its statement, the Ministry declared that a solution had been found, with the use of frequencies currently allocate for defense services. However, it is not yet clear where the defense services will be re-located.

Previously, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry had stated that it was not possible to launch mobile television services due to the lack of available frequencies.

Source: The Economic Times

:: 10/05/2012

France - Mobile television service licenses returned to CSA

Mobile television services will not launch in the near future. The broadcaster regulator CSA has officially taken back the frequencies allocated to broadcasters in 2008 for the launch of mobile services.

A total of 16 frequency licenses had been issued to broadcasters in 2008. At the time, it was unclear which technology would be selected.

This decision follows the failure of DVB-H in Austria, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. In addition, various attempts by the broadcast network operator TDF to partner with the telecom operator Virgin and Qualcomm had not proven successful.

Some of the frequencies initially set aside for the mobile television services will be used for the launch of HD/DTT services.

Source: La Tribune

:: 07/05/2012

United States - Dyle mobile TV services to launch later this year

The Mobile Content Venture has confirmed that it will launch its mobile television service later this year.

Known as Dyle, this new service will offer viewers free-to-air broadcast services on their smartphones and tablet computers.

To access the broadcast content and programme guide, the smartphones will need an antenna and an app which shows which content is available from the given location.

Currently, manufacturers are developing smartphones and other accessories to access mobile television services. Samsung is planning to launch a smartphone with an embedded antenna while Belkin International is developing an antenna that can be attached using the USB port on an iPhone or iPad.

Broadcasters have not yet confirmed what services they plan to offer. They plan to launch services in large urban areas including Austin, Houston, Tulsa, Chicago, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Miami and Seattle.

Members of the Mobile Content Venture are 12 major broadcasters, including Belo, Cox, E.W. Scripps, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst, Media General, Meredith, Fox, Ion Television, and NBC.

Source: Dallas Morning News

:: 25/04/2012

India - Mobile broadcast services put on hold

Plans to set aside frequencies for mobile broadcast services have been put on hold.

According to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Ambika Soni, it is not possible to put in place a regulatory framework for mobile broadcast services since there is not sufficient frequencies available to provide for a national service.

The Ministry estimated that at least 96 MHz of frequencies was necessary in the Band V for the national mobile broadcast service.

The National Frequency Allocation Plan of 2011 sets aside the broadcast frequencies in Band V for the digital television services of the public service broadcaster Doordarshan and for national mobile broadcast service.

However, because of the frequency capacity required by Doordarshan, there will not be sufficient capacity available for the provision of broadcast services.

Source: Time of India

:: 12/04/2012

Russia - Government will not fund DVB-H projects

The government has confirmed that it will not invest in the deployment of mobile television services using the DVB-H standard.

Rather, the government funds that had been set aside for DVB-H deployment will instead be used for the development of the DTT platform using the DVB-T2 standard. The government had planned to inject RUB2.1 billion (€54 million) in DVB-H projects.

In its decision to renounce funding the deployment of the DVB-H standard, the government cited the lack of compatible handsets and the development of lower cost mobile data services, including 3G, LTE and WiFi.

Source: Digital TV Europe

:: 27/03/2012

Successful DVB-T2 Lite plug-fest

The manufacturer Thomson Broadcast has hosted a successful 'Plug-Fest' event for the DVB-T2 Lite specification. The event was attended by manufacturers and broadcasters.

According to media reports, all of the tests were successfully completed and allowed manufacturers to test the interoperability of their products.

DVB-T2 Lite is a subset (and extension) of the existing DVB-T2 standard. It provides reception for mobile and handheld receivers.

The Plug-Fest took place at Thomson Broadcast's site in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in northern France.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 16/03/2012

Poland - TVP denies joining DVB-T mobile service

The public service broadcaster TVP has denied media reports that it was planning to make its television programme services available on the fourth DTT multiplex (MUX 4).

This multiplex is currently licensed to Info TV FM for the provision of mobile television services. Info TV FM is owned by the satellite operator Cyfrowy Polsat which plans to launch a mobile television service offering 8 pay television and 12 pay radio programme services using the DVB-T standard.

Currently, TVP television programme services are available from Multiplex 1 and Multiplex 3.

Source: TVP website

:: 12/03/2012

Poland - Launch of mobile TV services using DVB-T

The satellite operator Cyfrowy Polsat has announced that it will launch a mobile television service using the DVB-T standard in the second quarter of the year.

Known as TV MOBILNA, the new service will provide viewers with access to 8 pay television programme and 12 radio services as well as the full free-to-air DTT platform. Viewers can use either tablets or smartphones.

Services will be available from the multiplex allocated to Info-TV FM for the provision of mobile television services. Cyfrowy Polsat acquired Info-TV FM in January 2012. This network is currently available in 31 major urban centres.

Source: Cyfrowy Polsat website

:: 20/01/2012

Russia - Vimpelcom ends DVB-H effort

The telecom operator Vimpelcom has has sold its 75% stake in the company Dominant. With this sale, it ends its plans to launch mobile television services using the DVB-H standard.

Through Dominant, Vimpelcom invested $15 million in DVB-H trials, including in Moscow, but was unable to launch services due to regulatory issues. While it plans to offer mobile television services, Vimpelcom will do so using another standard.

Vimpelcom sold its stake in Dominant to the businessman Yevgeny Roitman who is expected to use the frequencies to supplement an LTE network currently being built by the company Antares.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 06/01/2012

United States - Mobile DTV services available in 46 regions

The availability of mobile broadcast services is expanding in the United States. The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) has announced that 120 broadcasters are providing services in more than 46 regions.

These free-to-air services include local news, weather updates, sports, and traffic.

In addition, pay mobile broadcast services are expected to soon launch to 50% of the population with offerings from 15 national broadcasters including Fox, Telemundo and NBC. These pay services will launch under the Dyle Mobile TV consumer brand.

Mobile broadcast services use the ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard.

Source: OMVC website

:: 23/12/2011

United States - AT&T acquires FLO TV frequencies

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given its approval for the telecom operator AT&T to acquire frequencies in the UHF channels 55 and 56 from Qualcomm.

AT&T plans to use the frequencies for the roll-out of its LTE services. The frequencies, acquired by Qualcomm in 2002 and 2008, had been used for its FLO TV mobile television service which shut down in late 2010 due to a lack of subscribers.

This deal will cost AT&T $1.93 billion.

Earlier in the month, AT&T decided against the acquisition of the mobile telecom operator T-Mobile USA for £39 billion following the publication of regulatory concerns.

Source: Washington Post

:: 21/12/2011

Italy - AgCom rules that DVB-H multiplex cannot offer DVB-T services

The communications regulator AgCom has rejected the request from 3 Italia to offer services using the DVB-T standard on its multiplex. Currently, this multiplex uses the DVB-H standard to offer mobile television services.

However, the mobile telecom operators TIM Italia and Vodafone Italia have recently ended their agreements with 3 Italia for the transmission of content using the DVB-H standard.

As a result, 3 Italia wanted to use its multiplex for the provision of television services using DVB-T. In addition, 3 Italia claims that the terms of of its multiplex license allows it to transmit in services using both the DVB-T and DVB-H standards as per a decision made by the Ministry of Communications in 2008. It also received a provisional authorisation to use the DVB-T standard from the Ministry for Economic Development last month.

However, according to AgCom, existing legislation does not allow for the multiplex to use the DVB-T standard. Rather, new regulations will be necessary before the change of standards is possible.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 14/12/2011

France - B2M consortium receives government funding

TDF, together with its partners in the B2M (Broadcast Multimedia Mobile) consortium, has received government funding for its project examining mobile video services.

The government will provide up to 30% of funds for the exploratory phase of the B2M project. During this phase, the consortium plans to develop a prototype in the second half of 2012.

The consortium seeks to find solutions for the provision of content onto mobile receivers, including tablet computers and smartphones using broadcast transmission technologies.

Members of the consortium include Airweb, Archos, Cognacq-Jay Image, DiBcom, Expway, Immanens, Institut Telecom and TDF. The consortium will also work together with broadcasters and telecom operators.

Source: TDF website

:: 23/11/2011

Poland - Mobile telecom operators fined for hindering DVB-H

The competition regulator, UOKiK, announced that it has imposed a fine of PLN 113 million (€25 million) to four mobile telecom operators for participating in a cartel.

According to the UOKiK, this cartel impeded the development of mobile television services using the DVB-H standard during a two-year period.

Following the failure of the four telecom operators to acquire the license to operate the DVB-H platform, they exchanged confidential information and questioned the viability of the license-holder Info-TV-FM.

The telecom operators were fined as follows: Polkomtel for PLN 33.4 million (€7 million), Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa for PLN 34 million (€7.5 million), PTK Centertel for PLN 35 million (€7.7 million), and P4 for PLN 10.7 million (€2.4 million).

Source: UOKiK website

:: 24/10/2011

United States - Mobile TV coverage to reach 50% by end of year

According to the Mobile Content Venture (MVC), its mobile television services will be available to 50% of the population by the end of 2011.

A consumer launch of services is expected in 2012 although without the support of a telecom operator. The 2012 launch date is aligned with the anticipated availability of consumer devices. Receivers are likely to include smart phones, devices for vehicles and tablet computers.

MVC is a joint venture between Fox, NBC, and ION and the Pearl Group. Services will be made available from Fox, NBC, ION, Telemundo and PBS.

The co-general manager of MVC, Erik Moreno, noted that it was only costing broadcasters $75,000 to $150,000 per transmission tower to launch mobile television services.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

:: 08/09/2011

Finland - Multiplex D to offer services using DVB-T2

The Finnish government has agreed to change the terms of the license for Multiplex D. This multiplex is operated by the broadcast network operator Digita.

As a result of the change to the license, Digita will be able to provide services using the DVB-T2 standard. Previously, this multiplex offered services using the DVB-H standard.

According to Digita, it will be able to provide both mobile and high-definition services. In addition it will be able to offer services to mobile telephones, tablet PCs, portable computers and iPAD devices. Services using the DVB-H standard could only target mobile telephones.

Source: Digita website

:: 02/06/2011

United States - Nationwide mobile TV services by the end of the year

The Mobile500 Alliance is planning to launch nationwide mobile television services by the end of 2011.

The service will provide viewers access to 15-20 television programme services offering local and national content. Both free-to-air and pay services will be available.

The Mobile500 Alliance is an association supported by broadcasters owning over 420 stations. Already, over 70 stations offer mobile television services.

The Mobile500 Alliance is currently seeking more partners, including telecom operators.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

:: 30/03/2011

Netherlands - KPN to shut its DVB-H service in June

KPN has announced that it will end its DVB-H service, MobielTV, on 1 June 2011. The frequencies currently used for DVB-H will instead be used for the DVB-T platform.

KPN launched MobielTV in 2008 and offered subscribers access to 12 television programme services from three mobile phones integrated with a DVB-H receiver (Nokia N96, the Samsung P960 and LG KB620).

After the first year of launch, KPN MobielTV had 40,000 users who watched live television on their handset for an average of 9 minutes per day. However, the number of users has steadily declined to 20,000. According to KPN, this decline is due to the lack of new mobile receivers.

Source: KPN website

:: 07/01/2011

Ireland - ComReg discontinues mobile TV licensing procedure

The communications regulator ComReg has decided to discontinue the license award process for mobile television services.

This is due to the limited interest from potential service providers and the lackluster performance of mobile television elswhere in Europe.

ComReg had set aside 8 MHz of frequency in the UHF band for the provision of broadcast mobile television services in the areas of Galway, Cork, Limrick, Dublin, and Waterford.

Source: ComReg website

:: 04/01/2011

France - Likely delay to mobile broadcast TV services

Doubts are emerging whether it will be possible to launch mobile broadcast television services in France during 2011.

The broadcast network operator TDF and the telecom operator Virgin Mobile had announced plans to launch mobile television services in the second half of 2011. However, based on the results of a study undertaken by TDF, there is a lack of consensus among market players regarding the technology standard to adopt.

The study confirms that a mobile broadcast service is needed since mobile telecom networks (3G and 4G) will not be able support the expected demand from users. However, the currently available mobile broadcast standards have been rejected (DVB-H, DVB-SH, MediaFLO).

While the study acknowledges that the Chinese mobile broadcast standard, CMMB, it notes that the standard could face political opposition.

Another possible standard that could be used is DVB-NGH. However, according to the article, DVB-NGH will not be commercially available until 2014.

Source: Les Echos

:: 26/11/2010

Thailand - DVB-H service launched in Bangkok

The broadcaster MCOT has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the manufacturer International Engineering Plc (IEC) in preparation for the launch of mobile broadcast services using the DVB-H standard.

A pre-commercial launch of services is expected this December in the region of Bangkok.

Six television programme services will initially be made available free-of-charge. MCOT has sufficient bandwidth capacity for a total of 14 services.

Viewers will be able to access services from handsets and in-car equipment. MCOT will offer the services directly rather than involving mobile telecom operators.

MCOT has been trialing DVB-H services since 2007.

Source: MCOT website

:: 25/11/2010

Italy - TIM ends DVB-H service

The mobile telecom provider TIM has announced that it will end its mobile broadcast television service using DVB-H. Vodafone Italia is considering a similar decision.

Both TIM and Vodafone offered DVB-H services using a network operated by Mediaset.

The reasons for the failure of the DVB-H platform include the lack of appealing content and receivers.

A third telecom operator, 3 Italia, operates an entire DTT multiplex which it acquired from Canale 7 for €220 million.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 23/11/2010

South Africa - DVB-H service, DStv Mobile, officially launched

MultiChoice has announced the official launch of its DVB-H service, DStv Mobile, following several years of trial services.

Viewers with the appropriate DVB-H receiver can access 15 television programme services including SuperSport, Africa Magic, Cartoon Network, Trace, a DStv Events service, eNews and Channel O. More channels on both services will be Further services are expected to be soon announced.

Currently, DVB-H enabled receivers are available from Nokia and ZTE. In addition, MultiChoice has made available its DVB-H decoder known as Drifta that can receive DVB-H signals and relay them over a WiFi network to a range of WiFi-enabled devices (laptops, PCs, smartphones).

DVB-H services are available in major urban areas including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto, CapeTown, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Mbombela, Rustenburg, Bloemfontein and Durban.

The DVB-H offer is currently available free-of-charge but will cost viewers R36 (€3.80) per month from 1 April 2011.

The capacity on the DVB-H network is shared between MultiChoice (60%) and e.tv (40%).

Source: Multichoice website

:: 19/11/2010

United States - NBC and Fox announce plans for mobile TV service

The broadcasters NBC and Fox have announced plans to launch mobile television services in 20 regions of the country by the end of 2011.

Services will be free-to-air using revenue generated by advertisements. However, the inclusion of a conditonal access sytem could lead to the eventual offer of pay services.

The new service will launch in such high population areas as Washington DC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.

The mobile service will use a standard developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).

Earlier this year, the Qualcomm mobile television service, FLO Media, was switched off.

Source: TV NewsCheck

:: 27/10/2010

France - TDF issues White Paper on technical standard for mobile broadcast services

The broadcast network operator TDF has issued a White Paper on the possible technical standards that can be used to broadcast video to handheld devices.

TDF is asking for operators, broadcasters, manufacturers and other interested parties to give their opinion on which technical standard should be used. The aim is for all interested parties to agree to a single standard.

Already, 16 broadcast licenses have been issued by the CSA for the provision of broadcast services to handheld devices from a single multiplex. This multiplex will be operated by MobMux.

Source: TDF website

:: 19/10/2010

Austria - DVB-H services to end

Mobile television services using the DVB-H standard are set to end in Austria at the end of the year.

The termination of services is due to the low number of subscribers which is estimated to be between 10,000-15,000.

Mobile operators 3 Austria, Mobilkom, and Orange Austria together with the broadcast network operator Media Broadcast provided the DVB-H service. It is expected that mobile operators will provide TV services using streaming technology.

Source: CSI Magazine

:: 07/10/2010

Poland - Vedia agrees to manufacture DVB-H receivers

The DVB-H license holder, Info-TV-FM, and the electronics company Vedia have agreed to cooperate in the roll-out of mobile broadcast services.

As part of the agreement, Info-TV-FM’s owner NFI Magna Polonia has acquired an 8.64% stake in Vedia. Meanwhile, Vedia has agreed to start manufacturing mobile DVB-H receivers in early 2011 and aims to sell between 100,000-200,000 receivers by June 2012.

Currently, non-commercial DVB-H services are available in parts of Poland including Poznan and Krakow.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 24/09/2010

Poland - UOKiK opens investigation against telecom operators collusion against DVB-H services

The Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, UOKiK, has opened an investigation to determine whether the leading mobile telecom operators colluded against the DVB-H service provider Info-TV-FM.

These telecom operators, Polkomtel, Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa, PTK Centertel and P4, has formed a consortium which had bid for the DVB-H license that the regulator UKE awarded to Info-TV-FM.

Specifically, the UOKiK will verify whether they have agreed to refrain from negotiations with Info-TV-FM, they have made joint analysis of financial conditions and business value of the Info-TV-FM offer and whether they have agreed on common communication activities that, inter alia, might have consisted put in doubt the validity of the Info-TV-FM offer.

The inquiry is expected to last no more than 5 months.

Source: UOKiK

:: 22/07/2010

United States - Few subscribers for Media FLO service

Qualcomm has confirmed that it is not satisfied with the subscriber figures for its MediaFLO service. However, these figures have not been published.

As a result, Qualcomm is reconsidering the future of its mobile television service.

Qualcomm spent approximately $500 million acquiring spectrum in the 700MHz band in addition to the cost of building its mobile television network used by AT&T and Verizon.

In the United Kingdom, Qualcomm acquired 40MHz of L-band spectrum for £8.3 million but has not yet deployed services.

Source: Informitv

:: 08/06/2010

France - Mobmux to operate mobile TV multiplex

The broadcasters with licenses to offer mobile broadcast services have selected Mobmux as their platform operator.

Mobmux is a subsidiary of the broadcast network operator TDF.

As a next step, the technical and financial parameters for the mobile broadcast platform will need to be confirmed.

The 16 broadcast services on the mobile television platform are Arte, BFM TV, Canal +, Direct 8, Europacorp TV, Eurosport, France 2, France 3, I –Télé, M6, NRJ 12, NT1 Remix, Orange Sport Info, TF1, Virgin 17, and W9.

Source: CSA website

:: 12/05/2010

Spain - Government expresses doubts about mobile TV services

A representative of the Ministry of Industry, Bernardo Lorenzo, has suggested that the frequencies currently reserved for mobile television services could be allocated for other uses.

He made this suggestion based on the limited success of such services in other parts of Europe. Rather, the launch of mobile television services in Spain would require strong interset from industry.

Instead, Lorenzo proposed that the freuqencies could be used for the provision of HD services on the DTT platform.

Source: El Mundo

:: 07/05/2010

United States - Mobile broadcast television trial begins

A trial of mobile broadcast service has been launched in Washington, DC by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC). The trial aims to build public awareness about mobile television.

Nine local broadcasters are participating in the initiative which allows viewers to access of over 20 television programme services. A variety of mobile devices are available to access the content including mobile telephones, netbooks, portable media players, and laptop computers, iPhones and iPads using a special adapter.

This trial coincides with discussions currently underway between lawmakers regarding the use of broadcast spectrum following the publication of the FCC's national broadband plan.

Source: TV Technology

:: 29/04/2010

Poland - No agreement yet between Info-TV-FM and mobile telecom operators

The DVB-H license holder, Info-TV-FM, is having difficulties reaching agreement with mobile telecom operators necessary for the launch of mobile television services.

However, the head of Info-TV-FM, Albert Kuzmicz, believes that the impasse should be resolved by the end of the year.

According to its license obligation, Info-TV-FM is required to launch commercial services in 31 cities by the end of next year. Currently, services are available on a trial basis in 11 cities.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 22/04/2010

France - Mobile TV services set to launch in 2011

The broadcast network operator TDF and the mobile telecom operator Omer Telecom/Virgin Mobile have reached an agreement for the launch of mobile television services.

Their agreement has been approved by the communications regulator CSA. As a next step, the broadcasters with a license on the mobile television platform will need to designate a multiplex operator by 8 June 2010.

Services are set to launch in the second half of 2011 and reach 50% of the population.

Omer Telecom is a joint venture between Virgin Media, Carphone Warehouse and Financom with over 1.7 million subscribers.

Source: CSA website

:: 16/04/2010

South Africa - ICASA invites candidates to tender for mobile TV license

The communications regulator ICASA is inviting candidates to tender for broadcast license for the provision of mobile television services.

Two multiplexes have been set aside for the provision of mobile television services. This licensing tender is for the capacity on one of these two multiplexes.

According to the tender documents, the license holder must launch services within 12 months. In addition, each license holder cannot operate more than 60% of the total capacity of the multiplex.

All successful applicants will be invited to participate in a license auction. However, once licenses are attributed, license-holders are unable to sell their licenses to third-parties.

Applicants must apply for the license by 7 May 2010.

Source: ICASA website

:: 09/04/2010

France - CSA issues mobile TV authorisations

The CSA has issued the necessary authorisations for the 16 broadcasters allocated licenses to launch mobile television services.

Within the next two months, these broadcasters must establish an organisation that will provide the technical operation of the mobile television services.

The roll-out of mobile television services in France has faced difficulty given the disagreement between broadcasters and telecom operators regarding the financing of the network.

Source: CSA website

:: 30/03/2010

Ireland - ComReg publishes proposal for mobile TV license

The communications regulator ComReg has issued an Information Notice on the future award of a mobile television license.

The Information Notice provides further information about ComReg's plans to issue one 8 MHz frequency channel in the UHF band in the areas of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford.

ComReg expects to invite candidates to tender for the license in the fourth quarter of the year and announce the license results by the end of the year.

Comments to ComReg's mobile television license proposal can be made until 30 April.

Source: ComReg website

:: 23/03/2010

Switzerland - DVB-H service to end

The DVB-H service operator Swisscom has announce that it will end its DVB-H services.

Instead, the services will be replaced with mobile television services using UMTS and EDGE technology. The new offering will allow viewers to access 34 television programme services from either their mobile phone or their computer.

According to Swisscom, the lack of DVB-H compatible devices prevented the service from becoming a success. However, the DVB-H network will remain in place for the time being.

Source: Swisscom announcement

:: 18/03/2010

Russia - DVB-H launch in Moscow expected in April

A DVB-H trial currently conducted by VimpelCom subsidiary Dominanta is expected to launch official commercial services in April. The services will be available in Moscow.

Dominanta expects the DVB-H service to break even within five years.

Based on the DVB-H trial, the news and music proved to offer the most popular content.

Currently, one DVB-H receiving device is available from Samsung (Samsung P960) but the offer will be expanded five devices.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 26/02/2010

Hong Kong - OFTA to auction mobile TV license

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) has published information about its planned auction for radio spectrum in the 678 - 686 MHz band.

The spectrum will be used for the provision of mobile television services (using broadcast technology) on one multiplex. The auction is planned for May 2010.

The Information Memorandum provides an overview of the auction rules and other elements of the licensing framework. In addition, it sets HK $24 million (€2.3 million) as the minimum spectrum utilization fee (SUF).

The mobile broadcast license will be available for a 15 year period and 75% of transmission capacity must be used to provide television services. Coverage must reach at least 50% of the population within the first 18 months from the allocation of the license.

Source: OFTA website

:: 27/01/2010

Hungary - Telecom operators not interested in DVB-H

Antenna Hungaria has admitted that it is unlikely to launch DVB-H services in the near future given the lack of interest from mobile telecom operators.

Currently, a trial DVB-H service is available to 15% of the population (in the Budapest area).

According to its DTT license agreement, Antenna Hungaria is required to reserve one multiplex (multiplex B) for DVB-H services. Two other multiplexes provide DVB-T services while a further two multiplexes will become available following the completion of analogue switch-off.

Vodafone, T-Mobile and Pannon have so far shown little interest in launching a DVB-H service with AH, implying that any decision to do so would be part of a wider strategy covering many markets, not just one. For its part, AH, which is backed by France’s TDF, regards itself first and foremost as an infrastructure company. As a result, it does not want to become the sole operator, providing all the necessary services, including distribution and marketing, of a DVB-H platform.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 24/01/2010

Germany - Interest in DVB-H sought by media regulators

Media authorities have announced that they will make a decision by mid-March whether or not to re-issue a license for the operation of a DVB-H platform.

However, the decision to re-issue a DVB-H license will depend on market interest. Such interest must be confirmed to media authorities by the end of February. Interested parties must have reached preliminary agreements with DVB-H network operators, broadcasters and mobile network operators.

Interest could be forthcoming from the telecom Deutsche Telekom for the mass distribution of its Bundesliga channel LIGA total! on a mobile broadcast platform or from the Swedish media entrepreneur Michael Werner.

A DVB-H license had previously been allocated to Mobile 3.0. However, the company returned the license in October 2008 followng the refusal by mobile telecom operators to distrubute mobile phones with a DVB-H receiver.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 21/01/2010

France - Meeting to kick-start mobile TV services?

The CSA has called a meeting on 4 February to try to kick-start mobile television. Broadcasters and mobile telecom operators have been invited to attend.

Until now, the three mobile telecom operators (Orange, SFR, and Bouyges) have been reluctant to launch mobile television services using DVB-H. However, operators may face pressure since Free, which only recently received a license for mobile telecom services, has expressed an interest in launching mobile television services.

At this stage, the CSA has allocated 13 licenses to broadcasters for the provision of DVB-H services. However, it is not clear who will pay for the roll-out of the DVB-H network.

Source: L'Express

:: 10/12/2009

Russia - VimpelCom launches DVB-H trial in Moscow

The mobile telecom operator VimpelCom launched a trial mobile televison service in Moscow on 7 December. The trial service uses the DVB-H standard.

The service is available free-to-air to VimpelCom subscribers (under the Beeline brand name) with a Samsung P960 receiver. Viewers can access 10 television programme services (Channel One, Rossiya, Vesti24, NTV, St Petersburg Channel 5, Bibigon, GamelandTV, 7TV, Muz, RUTV and A1).

Once commercially launched, the DVB-H service will be available for a monthly cost of R150 (€3.34).

A total of three companies hold licenses to offer DVB-H services in Moscow (VimpelCom subsidiary Dominanta, Digital Broadcasting and Centaur).

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 25/11/2009

DVB issues Call for Technologies for next generation handheld system

The DVB Project has issued a Call for Technologies for its proposed Next Generation Handheld (NGH) standard. DVB is inviting technology inputs for the development of the NGH physical layer on which a full NGH system could be developed.

Assuming that the standardization process can be kicked off in the first quarter of 2010, the publication of the related ETSI standard(s) is expected in 2011. The first commercial NGH devices might then become available in 2013, as required for success in the market place.

Submissions must be made by 26 February 2010.

Source: DVB website

:: 16/11/2009

Nokia launches new DVB-H receiver

Nokia has announced the launch of the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV receiver that can access DVB-H services. The receiver has been designed to accommodate video watching over longer periods of time and ensures quality sound and image.

The new DVB-H receiver has been welcomed by DVB-H service providers who seek a wide variety of devices to serve the mass market. The limited choice in receivers has often been cited as a reason for the failure of DVB-H services to attract a mass audience.

The receiver offers up to six hours of DVB-H usage and is expected to retail (pre-tax) for about €155.

Source: Nokia press release

:: 28/10/2009

Poland - INFO-TV-FM launches DVB-H pilot

The holder of the license to operate DVB-H services, INFO-TV-FM, has launched a DVB-H pilot in the city of Warsaw. The pilot will last for two months starting in early November.

The pilot seeks to determine viewer interest in the potential service offering based on actual trial usage. Companies participating in the trial include the satellite operators/ broadcasters Cyfrowy Polsat and CANAL + Cyfrowy, mobile operator CenterNet, and the cable operators Vectra and Inea.

It is expected that DVB-H services will be available in 31 cities by the end of 2011.

Source: Telepolis.pl

:: 16/10/2009

United States - ATSC develops mobile TV standard

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has approved the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard. The standard is formally known as A/153 and also referred to as ATSC-Mobile/Handheld (ATSC-M/H).

Work on this standard officially began in May 2007 when the ATSC released a request for proposals (RFP). A draft version of the standard has been available since November 2008. Much of the work had been undertaken by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), a group of about 800 local broadcasters in coordination with the ATSC.

Currently, trial transmissions of the new standard are available in 30 local broadcasting markets and it is expected that 50 markets will offer mobile television services by the end of the year.

Consumer receiving devices are expected to be available in early 2010 with a full range of products expected to be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Already, LG and Dell have developed prototype receivers. While initially developed for mobile handsets, the new standard is also expected to be used in netbooks and USB keys.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

:: 14/10/2009

France - TDF willing to pay part of DVB-H network roll-out

The broadcast network operator TDF is proposing to finance the initial cost of the roll-out of the DVB-H network in France to 17% of the population.

Currently, the roll-out of the DVB-H network is at a deadlock with neither mobile telecom operators nor broadcasters willing to pay the cost of the network deployment.

As per the TDF plan, TDF would set up subsidiary with the aim of rolling out DVB-H services. Operators would be able to sell mobile television subscriptions and, once profitable, pay for the continued roll-out of the DVB-H network.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 13/10/2009

Germany - Media regulators open to licensing DVB-H services

The head of the media authorities' licensing commission, ZAK, welcomes the renewed interest in DVB-H services in Germany.

However, media authorities have learned important lessons from the previous two attempts to launch mobile television services. For example, all relevant market players, including telecom operators, will need to be involved in the process from the onset.

Interest has emerged from the Swedish media pay platform Airplus and from Deutsche Telekom following the failure of its 3G network to cope with the high demand of its soccer Bundesliga channel LIGA total!.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 08/10/2009

Finland - DNA Oy to offer DVB-H services

The mobile telecom service provider, DNA Oy, is making mobile television services available to its subscribers. The service will use Digita's DVB-H network available in the regions of Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, Turku and Salo.

In a first phase, the service will be available free-to-air. However, the services will become encrypted and only available to DNA Oy subscribers. They will be able to access such television and radio services YLE, MTV3 and SBS.

Viewers will need either a Nokia N77 or N96 model to access DVB-H services. However, they can also use a Nokia SU-33W adapter which can be attached to some Nokia mobile receivers.

According to DNA Oy, offering television services through a broadcast network will free up capacity in the 3G network for other purpses.

DNA Oy is the license holder for two DVB-T2 multiplexes in the VHF frequency band. It is expected to launch HDTV services in 2010.

Source: DNA Oy press announcement

:: 29/09/2009

Hungary - Champions League available on DVB-H platform

Viewers will be able to access Champions League matches from their DVB-H receivers. This follows an agreement between the DVB-H platform operator, Antenna Hungaria, and the Champions League rights' holder, TV3.

A DVB-H trial service is currently available in the Budapest region. Viewers can access 6 television programm services including m1, m2, Duna TV, Duna II Autonomia, ATV, and Hir TV. It is estimated that over 10,000 DVB-H receivers are in use.

All DVB-H services are currently available free of charge.

Source: Antenna Hungaria press release

:: 28/09/2009

Poland - DVB-H services expected to launch

DVB-H services ar expected to launch on 29 September. The DVB-H license holder, Info-TV-FM, is expected to make 13 television and 4 radio services available.

Currently, DVB-H trials are underway in Warsaw. However, Info-TV-FM is confident that services could be provided to viewers in 10 cities by the end of the year.

It is not clear if mobile operators will offer the service or what handsets will be made available.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 22/09/2009

Germany - Rumours of interest in DVB-H

Rumours of an interest in mobile television services are emerging. Both Rapid TV News and Broadband TV News have reported an interest in the launch of DVB-H.

According to Broadband TV News, the telecom operator T-Mobile is in discussions with the broadcast network operator Media Broadcast about the launch of DVB-H network next year.

T-Mobile currently holds the mobile television rights for the soccer championship Bundesliga which it is currently making available on its UMTS network. However, the network has suffered from overload given the strong demand for the service.

According to Rapid TV News, the Swedish media group Airplus TV, with pay-DTT operations in Finland, Spain, and Italy, is interested in offering DVB-H services in Germany. The head of Airplus, Michael Werner, has announced that Airplus will apply for a DVB-H license from the media regulators.

Werner is currently in negotiations with potential stakeholders and claims 95% interest. He had founded the company Digital TV Partner Germany and is seeking €120 million from investors.

Two previous attempts have been made to launch mobile television services in Germany both of which failed.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 28/07/2009

Ireland - Mobile TV services to be made available in urban areas

ComReg has published the results of its consultation on the availability of UHF spectrum in several urban areas. It received 11 responses from network operators, telecom operators, and broadcasters.

ComReg has decided that it will make one network in the frequencies between 470 - 750 MHz available for mobile television services in the cities of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford. It is unlikely that the standard to be used will be mandated.

The license for the operation of the network will be available for a 10 year period and must provide wholesale services to other service operators.

ComReg will select the license holder based on a comparative evaluation process rather than through an auction. The tender process will take place at the end of 2009.

As a next step, ComReg will make available the guidelines for the comparative evaluation process.

Source: ComReg publication

:: 15/07/2009

Japan - Digital dividend for mobile TV services?

The government has opened a consultation on the use of the so-called digital dividend following the completion of analogue switch-off on 24 July 2011. Mobile television is one possible service allocation.

OneSeg mobile television services were launched in early 2006 using the ISDB-T standard and offering viewers the simulcast of the free-to-air programmes on the DTT platform. It is estimated that 20 million receivers have been sold.

The consultation is open until 10 August.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 29/06/2009

France - Proposal for two-phased launch of mobile TV services

A proposal to launch mobile television services in two phases has been formally presented to the government. Plans to launch mobile television services had been at an impasse due to disagreement regarding the financing of the network.

According to the proposal, telecom operators will finance the launch of the network in the first phase. In the second phase, both broadcasters and telecom operators will contribute to financing the network.

If agreement on the the launch of mobile television services is not found by 30 September, frequency licenses may be withdrawn.

Source: Le Figaro

:: 19/04/2009

Indonesia - Mediacom expects to launch DVB-H services

The media conglomeration Global Mediacom has announced plans to launch DVB-H services through its subsidiary Tren Mobile TV and in collaboration with Nokia.

Trial services are currently underway in Jakarta since 20 January 2009. The trial aims to better understand the technology, possible business models, and viewer usage. Following the results of the trial, Mediacom anticipates requesting an official DVB-H license.

Currently, viewers can access four television programme services (RCTI, TPI, Global TV, and Infokom).

Source: Global Mediacom

:: 23/03/2009

France - CSA to allow more flexibility for DVB-H launch

Given the delays in launching DVB-H services in France, the broadcast regulator, CSA, has called for a more flexible approach to both the coverage targets and business models adopted.

According to the CSA, certain license criteria must remain unchanged. These include the launch of all 16 services allocated a license and a minimum coverage of 30% of the population within the first three years.

However, the CSA is willing to apply a more flexible approach regarding the agreed coverage target of 60% of the population within the first six years.

Source: Le Figaro

:: 09/03/2009

Poland - DVB-H license awarded to Info TV FM

The license to operate a DVB-H service has been awarded to the broadcast network operator Info-TV-FM. It was one of two contenders for the license.

DVB-H services will be available in 31 cities across Poland until 2015 when it will be possible to provide full national coverage. The license will be valid until 2023.

A consortium of mobile telecom operators, including Orange, Era, Plus, and Play, had also bid for the DVB-H license.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 24/02/2009

South Africa - Regulator withdraws invitation to tender for DVB-H licenses

The communications regulator ICASA has withdrawn its invitation for candidates to tender for DVB-H licenses. This withdrawal has taken place three days prior to the initial application deadline.

According to the initial invitation, two DVB-H multiplexes would have been available in the cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban.

The reason for the withdrawal of the invitation is not known although there is some speculation that it may be due to pressure from broadcasters.

Source: ICASA website

:: 16/02/2009

Austria - 90K mobile TV subscribers

Accordng to the telecom operator 3 Austria, it now has 90,000 mobile television subscribers. 3 Austria uses both DVB-H and UMTS technology for the provision of mobile TV services.

The CEO of 3 Austria, Berthold Thoma, is now calling on more countries to launch DVB-H services in order to boost the market for DVB-H receivers.

DVB-H services were launched in Austria in June 2008 to coincide with the EURO 2008 Football Championship.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 12/02/2009

Netherlands - 30k subscribers to DVB-H services

Broadband TV News has reported that the KPN DVB-H service has approximately 30,000 subscribers. The service was launched in May 2008.

Viewers are able to access 11 television programme services. Subscribers to KPN's top-tier mobile telecom service can receive the DVB-H service free-of-charge.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 16/01/2009

Poland - Two candidates for DVB-H license

Two candidates have bid for the license to operate a nationwide DVB-H platform. The license will be valid until 2023.

The candidates include a consortium of four mobile telecom operators, Mobile TV, and Info TV-FM, a broadcast network operator based in Zamosc which has undertaken DTT and DVB-H trials.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 09/01/2009

Poland - Joint bid by telecom operators for DVB-H license

According to Broadband TV News, a consortium of mobile telecom operators is planning to submit a bid for the license to operate the DVB-H platform.

Consortium members include Orange, Era, Plus, and Play.

Bids must be submitted to the communications regulator UKE by 15 January.

While the licensing of DVB-H services is handled by the UKE, the broadcast regulator KRRiT is handling the licensing procedure for DVB-T services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 06/01/2009

Hong Kong - Mobile TV to launch in 2010

The Hong Kong Commerce & Economic Development Bureau has announced plans to launch mobile TV services by 2010 following an auction for frequencies in mid 2009.

It is expected that 1 frequency channel in the UHF band and 2 frequency channels in the VHF band will be available. It has not been announced which standard will be used to deliver the services.

The license holders will be required to use at least half of their transmission capacity for the provision of mobile TV services. The remainding capacity can be used to provide other services, such as digital audio broadcasting or datacasting.

Source: Broadcast Engineering

:: 06/01/2009

Colombia - DVB-H services to be made available

The National TV Commission (CNTV) has announced that it will make DVB-H licenses available to broadcasters free of charge. Already, the telecom operator América Móvil has expressed an interest in a DVB-H license.

DVB-T services are set to be launched in May, offering viewers access to the services of the public service broadcaster RTVC. Commercial broadcasters are expected to join the platform by the end of the year.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 15/12/2008

Poland - Mobile operators to bid jointly for DVB-H

According to Broadband TV news, the four mobile operators, PTC, P4, Polkomtel and PTK Centertel, will form a joint venture with the aim of securing a license to operate DVB-H services.

The joint venture has been given approved by the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK).

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) issue an invitation for candidates to tender for a license to operate a DVB-H multiplex.

Applications must be received by 15 January.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 12/12/2008

Hungary - Launch of DVB-H services

DVB-H services have been launched in Budapest from three transmitters. Viewers with a Nokia N96 smartphone can access services unencrypted.

Currently, the DVB-H platform provides access to two services from the public service broadcasters although it is expected that up to 20 services will be launched.

Services are available from a single frequency network on UHF channel 38. Indoor and outdoor reception is possible.

Source: Antenna Hungaria press announcement

:: 10/12/2008

EC issues mobile TV guidelines

The European Commission (EC) has published a set of regulatory guidelines to help Member-States roll out mobile TV services to viewers.

These guidelines call for a straightforward, transparent and non discriminatory procedure for awarding licences. The EC also recommends a collaborative approach between broadcasters, mobile operators and platforms operators.

According to the EC, the commercial services launched in somecountries show the consumer demand for such services. However, an efficient regulatory regime is necessary to ensure a rapid take-up of services.

Source: EC press release

:: 09/12/2008

South Africa - Tender opened for DVB-H license

The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) has invited candidates to tender for two DVB-H licenses.

Two DVB-H multiplexes will be available in the cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, and Durban. It may be possible to extend DVB-H coverage to other parts of the country once analogue switch-off is completed.

Applications must be submitted by 27 February.

Source: ICASA press release

:: 30/10/2008

Germany - Mobile 3.0 preparing to hand back DVB-H license

The DVB-H license holder, Mobile 3.0, is expected to return its license by the end of the week. The license return had been anticipated since Mobile 3.0 had not fulfilled its license obligation.

It is not known when regulators will invited candidates to tender for the national DVB-H license.

Telecom operators have denied cooperating in efforts to torpedo DVB-H services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 30/10/2008

Austria - DVB-H coverage expanded

The coverage area for DVB-H services has expanded to reach 53% of the population. This target has been reached earlier than required by the license conditions.

Media & Broadcast launched DVB-H services in May 2007 and made services available in all of the regional capitals.

Subscribers are estimated in the tens of thousands.

Source: Digital Fernsehen

:: 22/10/2008

Switzerland - 5000 DVB-H subscribers

According to the CEO of Swisscom Broadcasting, Jean-Paul de Weck, the take-up of DVB-H services has been slow.

The availability of only one handset, the Nokia N77, is cited as the reason for the low take-up.

However, since the end of September, four new DVB-H handsets are now available and should help drive uptake.

Since the launch of services in May 2008, Swisscom has registered 5,000 subscribers. Other telecom operators, such as Orange and Sunrise, do not offer DVB-H services.

DVB-H services provide deep indoor coverage to 31% of the population and portable outdoor coverage to 45% of the population.

Source: Comdays presentation

:: 20/10/2008

France - 2 DVB-H networks planned after ASO

According to the digital action plan France Numérique 2012, it is expected that 13 multiplexes will be made available for DTT services once analogue switch-off is completed in November 2011.

According to the plan, 11 multiplexes will provide DVB-T services to 95% of the coverage. The remaining two multiplexes will provide DVB-H services to 70% of the population.

A second satellite service offering a replication of the existing free-to-air DTT platform is expected to be set up on AB3 by the second half of 2009.

Source: France Numérique 2012

:: 10/10/2008

Poland - UKE invites candidates to bid for DVB-H license

The electronic communications regulator UKE has formally invited candidates to tender for a national 8 MHz frequency channel intended for the provision of DVB-H services valid until 31 December 2023.

The license will allow for coverage in 31 cities until 2015 at which coverage will become national.

As part of the decision to allocate the DVB-H license, the regulator will consider the roll-out plans, ability to ensure a competitive wholesale platform, planned programme offering, and financial credibility.

The application deadline is set for 15 January 2009.

Source: UKE website

:: 07/10/2008

Qatar - Launch of DVB-H services using OMA Bcast SCP

Nokia Siemens Networks has signed an agreement with the telecom provider Qatar Telecom (Qtel) for the launch of commercial DVB-H services using the OMA BCast Smart Card Profile technology.

This will be the first launch using OMA BCast Smart Card Profile technology.

The Nokia N96 handsets will be available to users.

The launch date has not yet been announced.

Source: Nokia Siemens press release

:: 07/10/2008

Germany - Regulators to rescind DVB-H license

Media regulators have confirmed plans to revoke the DVB-H license allocated to Mobile 3.0 should the company not voluntarily return the license.

According to the regulators, Mobile 3.0 has failed to abide by the licensing conditions, which include the submission of contracts with sales and marketing partners and the allocation of capacity to new content providers.

The regulator plans to re-allocate the DVB-H license which is expected to be made available for a 10-year period.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 23/08/2008

Oman - Consultation opened on DVB-H services

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has opened a public consultation on mobile television services using the DVB-H standard.

The TRA plans to use the responses received to aid with the development of the necessary regulation for mobile television.

Through the consultation, the TRA would like to better understand:
- who would be interested in launching DVB-H services,
- what type of business model should be adopted,
- the necessary reception level (i.e. portable indoor or outdoor) that should be provided, and,
- the number of services that should be allocated to each operator.

The consultation closes on 22 September 2008.

Source: TRA website

:: 08/08/2008

Austria - DVB-H coverage expanded

The network operator Media Broadcast has announced that it has expanded its coverage of DVB-H services with launches in the cities of Bregenz, Eisenstadt, Graz, Linz and St Pölten.

DVB-H services have been available in the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt since early June 2008.

A DVB-H population coverage of 50% is expected to be reached by the end of the year.

Currently, viewers can access 15 television and 5 radio services.

Source: Media Broadcast press release

:: 30/07/2008

Germany - DVB-H services to end

Mobile 3.0, which holds the national license to provide DVB-H services, is set to close down. Trial services had begun in four cities in June 2008 with a full launch expected by the end of the year.

The failure of the service is linked to the refusal by mobile telecom operators to distrubute mobile phones with a DVB-H receiver.

Instead, telecom operators have supplied the market with mobile phones including a DVB-T receiver.

Source: Handelsblatt

:: 16/07/2008

Poland - DVB-H service launch expected in early 2009

It is expected that regulators will invite candidates to tender for DVB-H licenses by the end of the month. This follows from the successful conclusion of frequency usage negotiations with Russia.

This means that services could be launched as soon as the beginning of 2009.

However, DVB-H license holders will have 24 months to launch services or risk the revokation of their license.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 10/07/2008

Poland - DVB-H delay due to frequency negotiations

The tendering of DVB-H licenses has been delayed due to protracted negotiations with neighbouring countries.

Initial reports had announced that the tender process would begin in May. However, the process is now expected to take place by the end of the summer.

Agreement on frequency usage has been reached with Germany, Sweden and Denmark. However, negotiations are still underway with Russia, whose Kaliningrad region shares a border with Poland.

DVB-H services will be available in 31 cities and are expected to launch by the end of the year.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 09/06/2008

Austria - DVB-H services launched

DVB-H services have been launched by Media Broadcast and the four main mobile telecom operators, Hutchison, 3G Austria, ONE and mobilkom austria.

Viewers can access 15 television and 5 radio programme services in the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt.

Coverage is expected to reach 50% of the population by the end of the year.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 06/06/2008

Italy - 3 Italia offers free DVB-H services to customers

DVB-H service provider 3 Italia is offering free mobile television services to its customers.

Viewers will be able to access six television programme services free-of-charge and which include RAI 1, RAI 2, Mediaset, Sky Meteo24, Current TV and La3.

3 Italia has a total of 850,000 customers with DVB-H receivers although it is not known how many of these customers purchase DVB-H services.

Other television programme services, including the Sky package, are available at a cost of €1 per day or €2 per week.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 03/06/2008

Poland - DVB-H license tender delayed

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has delayed its invitation to tender for mobile television licenses. The invitation is expected to be issued at the end of June.

The UKE is currently in the process of coordinating international frequency usage for five cities set to offer DVB-H services.

A consortium of the four main mobile operators as well as several broadcasters have expressed an interest in the DVB-H license.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 02/06/2008

Germany - DVB-H services launched

Pre-commercial DVB-H services have been launched in the cities of Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Hanover. The service is operated by Mobile 3.0 which has been allocated a national license to operate DVB-H services.

In this trial phase, Mobile 3.0 is testing the reception, encryption and real-time operation of its services. Commercial operations will begin once Mobile 3.0 has received the necessary frequency license from the regional regulators.

Viewers can access the service using DVB-H receivers from Nokia and Samsung.

Both free-to-air and encrypted services are available. Free-to-air services include public service broadcasters ARD and ZDF, and the regional service Deutschland 24 while encrypted services include commercial broadcasters RTL, Sat.1, ProSieben, VOX, n-tv and N24.

Capacity is availble for five further television services.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 01/06/2008

Austria - DVB-H services announced

3G Austria has announced its DVB-H service offering. Services will be freely available until the end of the year and thereafter available for a cost of €6 per month.

Viewers will be able to access 15 television and 5 radio programme services.

Television services include ORF 1, ORF 2, ATV, Puls 4, ProSieben Austria, RTL, Sat.1 Österreich, VOX, Laola1.tv, LaLa TV, Red Bull, RTL II, N24, Super RTL and a further, as yet unknown broadcaster. Radio services include Ö3, FM4, Kronehit, Ö1 and Lounge FM.

Services will initially be availble in the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Klagenfurt and coverage will reach 50% of the population by the end of the year.

The DVB-H network is operated by Media & Broadcast, a subsidiary of TDF.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 30/05/2008

Netherlands - Launch of DVB-H services on 5 June

The network (telecom and broadcast) operator KPN has announced that it will launch its DVB-H service, MobileTV, on 5 June.

The service will provide viewers with access to 10 television programme service at a cost of €9.95 per month for unlimited access.

Services include Nederland 1, Nederland 3, RTL4, RTL24, SBS6, Jetix/Veronica, MTV Music, Discovery Channel, Xite and Nick Toons. RTL24 is a service specifically targeted for mobile devices.

Initially, two DVB-H receivers will be available, the Samsung P960 TV and the LG KB620.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 27/05/2008

France - CSA announces services for DVB-H platform

The CSA has announced the 13 television services which will receive licenses to broadcast on the DVB-H platform. A total of 32 candidates had applied for the 13 available slots.

The CSA has announced the 13 television services which will receive licenses to broadcast on the DVB-H platform. A total of 32 candidates had applied for the 13 available slots.

The television services that will be allocated a DVB-H licence are: BFM TV, Canal+, Direct 8, EuropaCorp, Eurosport, I-Télé, M6, NRJ 12, NT1, Orange Sport, TF1, Virgin 17, and W9.

Three service licenses have already been reserved for the public service broadcaster France Télévisions.

License are expected to be delivered in June or July and services will begin by the end of the year although some could begin as early as August.

Source: CSA website

:: 25/05/2008

Poland - DVB-H trial in Krakow

The network operator TP EmiTel has launched a DVB-H trial in Krakow in partnership with telecom operators Centertel, Polkomtel, PTC and T4.

The trial offers 40 'friendly users' the opportunity to test DVB-H services. Up to 13 television programme services are available.

Trial DVB-H services are also available in Warsaw.

The regulator UKE has announced that it will invite candidates to tender for DVB-H licenses.

Source: Wirtualnemedia.pl

:: 22/05/2008

Poland - New DVB-H trial in Krakow

The network operator TP EmiTel has launched a DVB-H trial in the city of Krakow. Four mobile operators are also participating in the trial, including Centertel, Polkomtel, PTC and T4.

The trial is expected to last several months and offers viewers access to 13 television programme services. Coverage of the EURO 2008 Football Championship is also expected.

TP EmiTel also runs a DVB-H trial in Warsaw since last October.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 21/05/2008

Morocco - Launch of DVB-H services

DVB-H services have been launched in the region of Rabat / Casablanca. Further service roll-out is expected by the end of the year in major urban centres.

The trial service is provided by the public service broadcaster SNRT and Nokia. Viewers can access five television programme services (Al Oula, 2M, Arryadia, Arrabiâ and Assadissa) free of charge.

Source: La Vanguardia

:: 14/05/2008

Poland - POT interested in DVB-H

The DTT consortium POT is considering to bid for a DVB-H license. Members of POT include the commercial broadcasters Polsat and TVN.

The terms of the license are expected to be issued soon and services could launch by the end of the year.

It is expected that DVB-H services will be available in 31 Polish cities.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 06/05/2008

Estonia - Launch of DVB-H trial

The broadcast network operator Levira has launched a DVB-H trial with the telecom operator EMT. Services are available in Tallin.

Viewers can access 7 television programme services free-of-charge using a Nokia N77 handheld device. It is expected that the number of services available will increase.

The trial will last until the end of the year.

Source: Levira press release

:: 06/05/2008

Czech Republic - Possibility for DVB-H license tender

Broadband TV News reports that a tender for a DVB-H license could be issued this summer.

Both T-Mobile and Telefónica O2 have expressed interest in launching mobile TV services. T-Mobile has already undertaken several DVB-H trials.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 05/05/2008

Kenya - Launch of DVB-H services

The telecom operator Safaricom, together with DStv Mobile, has launched DVB-H services in the city of Nairobi. Services will be formally launched on 1 June.

Viewers will be able to access 10 television programme services, including BBC World, CNN and the Cartoon Network, at a cost of KES1,000 (€10).

DStv Mobile already provides DVB-H services in Nigeria and Namibia and plans to launch services in South Africa.

Source: Safaricom website

:: 01/05/2008

Netherlands - DVB-H services to launch by June

KPN board member Baptiest Coopmans has announced that the company will launch DVB-H services in time for the UEFA EURO 2008 Football Championship.

The content offered to viewers will include several dedicated mobile services, including one supplied by RTL.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 24/04/2008

Germany - Delay in roll-out of DVB-H services

The DVB-H service provider, Mobile 3.0, has announced that the roll-out of DVB-H services will be slower than initially planned.

By the end of the year, DVB-H services should have reached 35% of the population will instead reach 20% of the population.

According to Rudolf Gröger, Mobile 3.0's president, the delay is due to the slow licensing procedure in several Länder.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 18/04/2008

Switzerland - DVB-H launch set for 13 May

Swisscom has announced that it will launch its DVB-H services on 13 May. Viewers will be able to access 20 television programme services for 16 CHF per month or 2 CHF per day.

Services will be available to 44% of the population located in the cities of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

Swisscom will make available the Nokia N77 for DVB-H reception. The Nokia N96 and the Samsung SGH-P960 will be available later in the year.

Source: Swisscom press release

:: 09/04/2008

Austria - ORS to support DVB-H roll-out

Media Broadcast, which holds the license to operate the DVB-H platform, has formed an agreement with the network operator ORS for the prompt roll-out of mobile television services.

As part of the agreement, the service providers will launch DVB-H services in the EURO 2008 host cities by June 2008. Viewers will be able to access at least 15 television and 4 radio programme services.

ORS is the incumbent broadcast network operator and had submitted a bid for the DVB-H license.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 04/03/2008

Peru - Launch of a DVB-H trial

ATV, subsidiary of the media group Albavision has launched a DVB-H trial in Lima, Peru. Viewers are able to access four television programme services.

Depending on the results of the trial, commercial DVB-H services could be launched in June 2008.

At the end January, Antel launched the a DVB-H trial in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Source: Broadcast Engineering

:: 29/02/2008

Austria - Media & Broadcast to build DVB-H network

The broadcast network operator Media & Broadcast has been allocated a license to build and operate a DVB-H network by KommAustria. French network operator TDF acquired Media & Broadcast, formerly called T-Systems, in early 2008.

Media & Broadcast plans to launch DVB-H services on 1 June 2008, in the cities hosting matches for the UEFA Football Championship including Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Salzburg and Vienna. Services will also be launched in the other state capitals.

DVB-H services will be available to 40% of the population at the time of launch and will expand to 55% of the population by the end of the year.

Viewers will be able to access 15 television programme and 4 radio services.

KommAustria selected Media & Broadcast over Mobile TV Infrastruktur, a consortium between three publishers Tiroler Moser Holding, Vorarlberger Medienhaus and Styria Medien. Late last year, the incumbent network operator ORS had been disqualified from the selection process.

Source: Telecom Paper

:: 22/02/2008

Germany - DVB-H services to be launched in June 2008

The regional media regulator for Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have formally issued a license for DVB-H services to Mobile 3.0.

The license will be valid for a three year period with services expected to be launched on 1 June 2008.

Viewers will be able to access the national services ARD, ZDF, RTL, Vox, Sat.1, Pro Sieben, N24 and N-TV, the local service Hamburg 1 and various radio services.

Similarly, media authorities for Berlin-Brandenburg (MABB) and Baden-Württemburg (LfK) have also issued a DVB-H license to Mobile 3.0.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 19/02/2008

Poland - Telecom operators commit to DVB-H

The four leading mobile telecom operators, PTC, Centertel, P4 and Polkomtel, have announced plans to launch DVB-H services. Together, they will invest €100-200 million for the new network.

The network is expected to provide services to 60% of the population. The date of launch is dependent upon the allocation of licenses by the regulator, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE).

Already, the public service broadcaster TVP has been involved in a DVB-H trial in Warsaw.

Source: CabSat Daily

:: 14/02/2008

Czech Republic - DVB-H trial using OMA BCAST Smart Card Profile

T-Mobile Czech Republic has announced plans to launch a DVB-H trial using a OMA BCAST Smart Card Profile system from Nagravision. The trial will evaluate the performance of handsets, SIM cards and headend equipment.

The OMA BCAST Smart Card Profile was developed by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) as a protection scheme for mobile television.

Nagravision had previously participated in a DVB-H trial in the Czech Republic using its Open Security Framework Conditional Access System.

Source: Nagravision

:: 12/02/2008

Spain - DVB-H launch expected in 2010

DVB-H services are expected to be launched in 2010. The launch is expected to coincide with analogue switch-off, currently set to take place on 3 April 2010.

Because of the Parliamentary elections in March 2008, it had not been possible to approve the necessary regulatory framework for mobile television services last year. Such legislation is now expected to be approved during 2008.

According to the Minister of Industry Joan Clos, "We hope that the regulation of the market is completed this year to pave the way for the development of the industry and make the services become a commercial reality in 2010."

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 06/02/2008

Latvia - DVB-H trial launched

A DVB-H trial has been launched in Latvia. Trial partners include Mobile operator Latvian Mobile Telecom and the broadcast network operator Latvia State Radio and Television Centre.

The trial provides viewers with access to four live television programme services, pay-per-view and interactive services. It will last until the end of 2008.

Source: CabSat Daily

:: 29/01/2008

Austria - Media regulator disqualifies 2 DVB-H candidates

According to media reports, the Austrian media regulator has disqualified Telekom Austria and ORS from participating in the tender for the DVB-H network operation license.

Both companies have been disqualified due to issues with the proposed programme operator.

In the case of Telekom Austria, the designation of its mobile phone division, Mobilkom Austria, as its programme operator is contrary to the terms of the license. Network operator ORS failed to list a programme operator.

Two companies, Media Broadcast and Mobile TV Infrastruktur, remain in the tender for the DVB-H licence.

Source: CabSat Daily

:: 25/01/2008

Indonesia - DVB-H services to launch in 2008

Nokia Siemens Networks and Global Mediacom have announced plans to launch DVB-H services in Indonesia. Services are expected to be available in the first half of 2008 in the area of Jabodetabek.

Nokia Siemens will be responsible for the end-to-end system and services. Negotiations are currently underway between Nokia and Global Mediacom regarding the use of the Nokia N77 DVB-H receiver. Global Mediacom is an integrated telecommunications and broadcasting group operating in Indonesia.

Source: Nokia press release

:: 24/01/2008

Germany - Mobile 3.0 DVB-H launch plans announced

Further information on the Mobile 3.0 mobile television launch plans have been made public. In early January, Mobile 3.0 officially received the license to provide DVB-H services.

Services are expected to launch in time for the Euro 2008 Football Championship in June. Initially, only major cities will be able to access services, including Cologne/Bonn, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich.

However, by the end of the year, services will be available in all regional capitals, thus available to approximately 40% of the population.

The DVB-H network will be operated by T-Systems Media and Broadcasting, recently acquired by TDF.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 23/01/2008

Taiwan - PTS successfully trials DVB-H services

The public service broadcaster PTS has completed its yearlong DVB-H trial with its partners mobile operators Chunghua Telecom, Taiwan Mobile and Fareastone, manufacturers Motorola and BenQ and software vendor Cyberlink.

The trial began in January 2007 and tested both technical and commercial aspects of mobile television.

During the commercial trial, 340 users could access such content as CNBC, ESPN, PTS, local news service TVBS-N and the mobile service Phone TV.

Users said they are willing to pay US$3.5 to $9 per month to access 20 television services. Over 50% of users would be willing to purchase DVB-H receivers in the next 6 to 12 months.

As a next step, the communications authority will need to issue invitations to tender for mobile TV licenses. However, a delay can be expected until after the presidential elections.

Source: PTS

:: 17/01/2008

Germany - Mobile 3.0 officially awarded DVB-H license

Media authorities have officially awarded the license to operate DVB-H services to Mobile 3.0. The company had been pre-selected for the license allocation in October 2007, and officially received it following its adherence to certain regulatory conditions.

Services are expected to be launched in urban areas on 1 June using a DVB-H network to be built by T-Systems.

Services will include public broadcasters ARD and ZDF, commercial broadcasters RTL, SAT.1, Pro Sieben, VOX, n-tv and N24 as well as 6-7 further services not yet announced. Multimedia radio services will be provided by Digital 5, bigBuddy and kick.fm.

Mobile 3.0 is backed by Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland (MFD), which operates T-DMB services, and Neva Media.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 16/01/2008

France - 32 candidates for DVB-H broadcast licenses

A total of 32 candidates have applied for DVB-H broadcast licenses by the 15 January deadline. The CSA had invited candidates to tender for the licenses in early November.

A total of 16 broadcast licenses will be available, including the 3 licenses already reserved for the public service broadcaster France Télévisions.

Companies seeking licenses include TF1, M6, Lagardère Active, Canal+, Orange and Nextradio TV.

As a next step, the CSA will meet with candidates in April with the intention of delivering the licenses in June-July.

It is expected that mobile TV services will be launched by the end of the year and provide coverage to 30% of the population. However, some service providers may decide to launch in time for the Summer Olympic Games in August.

Source: CSA website

:: 14/01/2008

Singapore - Launch of commercial DVB-H trial

The broadcaster MediaCorp and the mobile operator M1 will launch a commercial DVB-H trial in the middle of the year. The trial is subject to regulatory approval.

Already, a tender to technology vendors has been issued for the infrastructure and receivers to be used in the trial.

Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) recently extended the deadline for its public consultation on the proposed regulatory framework for mobile TV to 18 January.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 08/01/2008

Switzerland - Swisscom to launch DVB-H in June

Swisscom Broadcasting has announced its plans to launch DVB-H services in June 2008, in time for the EURO 2008 Football Championship. Services will be available in the cities of Basel, Berne, Geneva and Zurich.

The DVB-H service is expected to be named "MoTV" and will offer viewers with access to 20 television programme services.

Pre-commercial services are likely to begin in February 2008.

Swisscom Broadcasting received a license from the broadcast regulator ComCom in September 2007 to build and operate the DVB-H network.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 10/11/2007

France - CSA opens tender process for DVB-H licenses

The broadcast regulator CSA is inviting candidates to tender for DVB-H licenses. A total of 16 television and 4-9 radio programme services will be available on the mobile television platform.

In their application, candidates can choose to offer either free-to-air or pay services with both types of services expected to be offered, much like the current DVB-T platform. Pay services can use either the DVB-IPDC OSF or OMA-BCAST Smartcard Profile for their conditional access.

Services will be available in cities, using the Multiplex M7 with services available to 30% of the population within three years following the launch of services.

Candidates have until 15 January 2008 to apply for the licenses. The CSA expects to select candidates in April 2008 and deliver the formal broadcast authorisation in June 2008. The service launch date has not yet been announced although pre-commercial services could be available in time for the Summer Olympic Games.

Source: CSA website

:: 09/11/2007

Poland - Largescale DVB-H trial in 2009

The Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) is inviting candidates to participate in a large-scale DVB-H trial in 2008. The determination of the trial conditions and type will be undertaken by the UKE with support from industry.

The UKE would like all interested parties, from transmission network operators, manufacturers, telecom operators and broadcasters, to work together.

UKE has already issued 11 trial DVB-H licenses.

The President of UKE, in cooperation with the industry, will lay down the rules for common tests and for the participation of particular groups of interested parties according to their competence.

Source: UKE website

:: 29/10/2007

Kenya - Launch of DVB-H services

DVB-H services, branded as DStv Mobile have been launched in the capital city of Nairobi.

The service has been launched by the South African group, Digital Mobile TV (DMTV) Limited.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 26/10/2007

Austria - ORS prepares for DVB-H license bid

Network operator ORS, a contender for the DVB-H license, is inviting interested parties to attend a roundtable discussion on the introcution of DVB-H services. ORS would like to offer 15 television programme services should it receive the license to operate DVB-H services from Multiplex D.

ORS plans to solidify its candidacy for the DVB-H licence by proposing a combined offer from all interested parties. The deadline to apply for the DVB-H license is set for 14 December.

Other potential candidates for the licence may include mobile operators Mobilkom and One.

DVB-H services are expected to begin in June 2008 and must include the television programmes from ORF and ATV.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 24/10/2007

France - Invitation to tender for DVB-H licenses expected in November

Michel Boyon, head of the broadcast regulatory agency CSA, has announced plans to invite candidates to tender for DVB-H broadcast licenses in the first two weeks of November.

It is expected that between 14-17 frequency licenses will be available to broadcasters although several will be reserved by the Ministry of Culture for the public service broadcaster France Télévisions.

Already, France Télévisions has announced that it would like 4-5 channels on the mobile TV platform.

Source: La Tribune

:: 17/10/2007

Germany - Mobile 3.0 expected to be allocated DVB-H license

The DVB-H broadcast license is expected to be allocated to Mobile 3.0, a joint venture between the media companies Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland (MFD) and Neva Media. The license will allow Mobile 3.0 to operate the DVB-H platform.

As a next step, Mobile 3.0 is now expected to present its planned service offering which must include regional content and four radio services. The services are expected to begin in time for the EURO 2008 Football Championship in June 2008.

Media authorities received 29 applications for the DVB-H broadcast license. The consortium of mobile telecom operators, T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2, was considered a leading candidate for the license.

Earlier in the week, T-Systems was allocated a license to build and operate the DVB-H network.

MFD already operates a national mobile television service, "watcha". It uses the T-DMB standard and has been available since June 2006.

Source: Rapid TV News

:: 16/10/2007

Germany - T-Systems allocated DVB-H license

The Bundesnetzagentur has issued a license to T-Systems for the development of a country-wide DVB-H network. The building of the network is expected to begin in early 2008.

Fifteen major cities will have DVB-H services available by the end of 2008 while all cities with at least 150,000 inhabitants will have access to services by the end of 2009.

The Bundesnetzagentur expects a population coverage of 90% by 2015.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 01/10/2007

France - Invitation to tender for DVB-H licenses at end of October

In an interview published in the magazine Strategies, the head of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel, Michel Boyon, spoke about the plans for mobile television services.

Broadcasters will be invited to tender for DVB-H licenses at the end of October with the expectation that services will be launched no later than the end of 2008. However, it may be possible for services to be launched in time for the next Olympic Games.

According to Boyon, broadcasters do not agree on the business model to adopt for mobile television services. While some broadcasters would like free-to-air services, others prefer offering pay services. However, all players agree that €7 for 15 services is reasonable.

While the CSA has not yet adopted a formal position regarding the business model, it believes that it will be possible to accommodate the two models much like for the DVB-T platform.

Source: CSA website

:: 29/09/2007

Switzerland - Swisscom Broadcast selected to provide DVB-H services

The broadcast regulator BAKOM has allocated a DVB-H license to Swisscom Broadcast. It had been one of two companies, along with Mobile TV Schweiz, vying for the license.

As part of the license agreement, Swisscom Broadcast will set up the DVB-H network that it will then make available to all mobile telecom operators, including Swisscom, Orange, and Sunrise.

DVB-H services must be available to 44% of the population by the end of May and include coverage in the cities of Basle, Bern, Geneva and Zurich. By 2012, 60% of the population must be able to access DVB-H services.

The license has a duration of ten years.

Source: Bakom

:: 26/09/2007

France - DVB-H standard selected to provide mobile TV services

The government has signed a decree for the use of DVB-H as the technical standard for mobile television. DVB-SH can be used to provide complementary coverage.

As a next step, candidates will be invited to tender for DVB-H licenses at the end of October. The government would like commercial services to be launched in time for the Beijing Olympic Games with general deployment by 2010.

Prior to analogue switch-off, the currently available spectrum, known as M7, can only reach 30% of the population. However, it is expected that frequencies freed from switchover will be used to extend mobile television coverage.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 24/09/2007

Germany - Government opposes DVB-H mandation

The Bundesrat has decided against the mandation of a single standard for mobile television services. It is opposed to the European Commission's position that DVB-H should be mandated throughout Europe.

Already, Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland (MFD) has deployed a commercial T-DMB service while a DVB-H service is expected to be launched in 2008.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 24/09/2007

France - Launch of mobile TV services expected by 2008

The French Ministry of Culture has announced it will launch mobile television services by the summer of 2008. It would like services to be available in time for the Beijing Summer Olympics.

It is expected that the DVB-H standard will be used. Already, the broadcast regulator CSA received 47 responses to its public consultation on mobile television services.

Source: Broadband TV News

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 18/09/2007

Germany - Mobile operators agree to DVB-H conditions

The telecom operators T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 have agreed to meet the conditions set forward by the regulatory authorities in order to be allocated a DVB-H license. The license is expected to be allocated in October.

As part of the regulatory conditions, the telecom operators agree to allow for programme services to be received on non-phone devices and separate the purchase of television services and telephone services.

The telecom operators plan to work together to acquire content and build a mobile television service delivery platform. However, the operators plan to market separate mobile television offers.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 17/09/2007

Belgium - DVB-H trial in Brussels

The public service broadcaster for the French-speaking community of Belgium, RTBF, has announced plans to test DVB-H services in the region of Brussels. Already, the government has allocated frequencies to RTBF for DVB-H services.

The trial is expected to last until the end of the year and will test the technical requirements for DVB-H coverage in the French-speaking region.

While the trial will only offer the current television programme services of RTBF, the public service broadcaster seeks to develop unique content for the mobile environment. In addition, content from commercial broadcasters is also expected to be available.

RTBF is expected to serve as the network operator for DVB-H services while mobile operators will handle the commercial "packaging" to customers.

Already, DVB-H services have been tested in the Flemish-speaking community of Belgium.

Source: Le Soir

:: 12/09/2007

Austria - Regulator opens tender for DVB-H license

The broadcast regulator KommAustria is inviting candidates to tender for a DVB-H license. The license is for the roll-out and operation of DVB-H services on Multiplex D.

Services should be available in time for the EURO 2008 football championship.

KommAustria is accepting applications until 14 December.

Source: KommAustria website

:: 07/09/2007

Iran - DVB-H trial launched in Tehran

A DVB-H trial offering viewers 16 television programme services is set to launch in Tehran. The national broadcaster IRIB and its affiliated company TAKTA will undertake the trial.

The 16 services, which will be sourced from the Intelsat and Eutelsat satellites, include IRIB1 PER, IRIB 2 PER, IRINN, AL-Alam, IRIB, IRIB Quran, Press TV, IRIB TV1, IRIB TV 2, IRIB TV3, IRIB TV4, IRIB TV 5, IRIB 3, IRIB Amouzesh TV, Azarbayejan TV, Fars TV and Khalij Fars TV.

The Spanish company SIDSA is providing the headend equipment for the trial while Sagem is providng the DVB-H receivers.

Source: SIDSA press release

:: 05/09/2007

Taiwan - PSB trials DVB-H services

The public service broadcaster PTS has begun a DVB-H trial in the northern region of Taiwan. The trial will run until the end of the year.

The three leading telecom operators in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile and Far EasTone Telecommunications are partners in the trial. In addition, Motorola and Qisda (formerly BenQ) are making 200 DVB-H receivers available for the trial.
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Source: advanced-television.com

:: 29/08/2007

Nigeria - DVB-H services to launch in September

Nigeria will launch DVB-H services in September. Services will be free-to-air in the pre-commercial period set to last until the end of the year.

Viewers will be able to access 12 television programme services including CNN, Africa Magic, and Channel O. These services will be initially available in the capital Abuja before rolling out to other cities such as Ibadan, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Enugu in the southern part of the country and Kano in the north.

The services are provided by the mobile telecom operator MTN Nigeria and the broadcast operator Details Nigeria.

According to the Chairman of Details Nigeria Limited, Adewunmi Ogunsanya: "We are very excited that Nigeria becomes one of the first countries in the world to roll out DVB-H services. Details Nigeria will roll out the DVB-H service to all mobile operators in Nigeria. We have started discussions with the main players in this arena and are working hard to put all the building blocks in place to ensure that Nigerians have early access to global innovations in the industry."

Source: Vanguard

:: 23/08/2007

Australia - New DVB-H trial in Sydney

Thomson, together with Irdeto, has launched a DVB-H trial in the region of Sydney. Viewers can access five television programme services including CNN, Boomerang, ABC, ABC2, and SBS.

In 2006, Broadcast Australia had launched a large-scale commercial DVB-H trial in Sydney.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 15/08/2007

Spain - Government prepares regulation for mobile TV

The Spanish Government is currently finalising the necessary regulation to allow for the launch of mobile television services. The new regulation is expected to be completed by September.

The Government plans to make one multiplex available for mobile TV services and issue a public tender for the network license. Operators interested in the network license include network operators Abertis and Axion as well as telcom operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange.

Already, many mobile television pilots have taken place across Spain using such standards as T-DMB and DVB-H.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 15/08/2007

Germany - Mobile operators can apply for joint DVB-H license

The Federal Competition Authority has given provisional approval for a joint bid by T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone a national DVB-H license in Germany. Because certain competition concerns need to be addressed, final approval is not expected until the end of September.

National DVB-H licenses provide the right to broadcast content on the DVB-H network. Should a DVB-H license be allocated to the three mobile operators, they will likely form a separate company dedicated to acquiring content and building a mobile TV service delivery platform. However, the operators plan to market separate mobile TV offers.

Broadcasters planning to apply for the DVB-H licenses includes Premiere, ProSiebenSat.1 and the RTL Group. The licenses will be awarded by "beauty contest", and will likely be announced this Autumn.

A further DVB-H license will be allocated for the right to build and operate the DVB-H network. This license will be awarded by the Bundesnetzagentur, the German public utilities regulator.

Source: Unstrung

:: 14/08/2007

Netherlands - DVB-H services to launch in 2008

The DTT service provider (and telco) KPN has announced that it will launch DVB-H services during the 2008 Summer Olympics. Through its subsidiary Digitenne, which provides pay DTT services, KPN holds a license for DVB-H transmissions.

No details about packages, subscription plans and services have been released. However, it is expected that KPN will make its DVB-H network available to other mobile operators such as Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 08/08/2007

Finland - Government calls on YLE to support mobile TV

The Communications Minister, Suvi Lindén, has called on the public broadcaster YLE to begin mobile television services as soon as possible in order to help boost the development of such services.

According to the minister, the services should be available to the public free-of-charge.

The network operator Digita deployed a DVB-H network in December 2006.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 07/08/2007

Germany - DVB-H license to be awarded at end of August

Regulators are expected to issue a national DVB-H broadcast license by the end of August. Parties interested in obtaining a DVB-H broadcast license include a consortium of telcom operators (T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone), Premiere, ProSiebenSat.1 and the RTL Group.

As a next step, regulators will need to issue a license to build and operate the DVB-H network.

Source: DM Europe

:: 06/08/2007

Saudi Arabia - Dubai launches DVB-H trial

A DVB-H trial has been launched by Media&Broadcast, a subsidiary of T-Systems, in the city of Dubai. The trial will run until the end of 2007.

As part of the trial, viewers can access 12 television programme services for free.

Source: Business Intelligence

:: 24/07/2007

Philippines - Launch of commercial DVB-H services

DVB-H services have been launched in several cities in the Philippines including Manila, Cebu, Davao, Tagaytay, Batangas, and Baguio City. Coverage is soon to be extended to Boracay and Cagayan de Oro.

The service is provided by the mobile network operator Smart Communications and the broadcast network operator 360media (formerly GV Broadcasting System).

Viewers are able to access 10 television programme services, including CNN, MTV, and National Geographic, since 24 July. Services are free until the end of August when they will cost P488 (approximately €8) per month.

Source: Asian Journal

:: 07/07/2007

Switzerland - Tender open for DVB-H license

The Swiss communications regulator, BAKOM, has announced that it will allocate a national license for the provision of mobile television services. While it does not specify which standard to use, BAKOM is understood to favour DVB-H.

As part of its selection process, BAKOM will apply the following criteria:
- coverage and roll-out,
- concept and implementation,
- business and service plan,
- contribution to media diversity, and,
- coherence and credibility

The licence will be awarded for a 10 year period and obliges the licensee to supply mobile services to at least 30% of the population by the end of May 2008 and 50% by the end of 2012.

Candidates can submit their tender application until 27 July.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 06/07/2007

Poland - POT to continue DTT trial

The Polish Office of Electronic Communication (UKE) has granted an extension to DTT trials being undertaken by the POT consortium. The extension lasts until the end of the year.



POT, which is composed of the national commercial stations Polsat and TVN, began the trials in Warsaw and Srem near Poznan on 30 May. They are currently distributing three services (Polsat, TVN and TV4) in MPEG-4 and plan on also testing HDTV and DVB-H services.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 03/07/2007

Finland - Digita launches DVB-H service

The broadcast network operator Digita has launched its DVB-H service. Three television programme services are available, as well as several radio services.

A further extension of services is expected in Autumn 2007.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 03/07/2007

Hungary - Antenna Hungaria and Vodafone to cooperate with DVB-H

Antenna Hungária and Vodafone have signed a declaration of intent to cooperate for the launch of DVB-H services in Hungary. The two companies have agreed to conduct a joint commercial trial, likely to take place in autumn, prior to the commercial launch of service.

As part of the agreement, Antenna Hungária and Vodafone will cooperate the technical conditions and the business model to be used for commercial DVB-H services.

Source: Antenna Hungaria press release

:: 28/06/2007

Denmark - New DVB-H trial

The broadcaster Viasat and the broadcast network operator TDC have joined forced to launch a DVB-H trial. The trial will take place in June and July.

It will use Nokia handsets. Participants will be able to receive DR1, TV2, TV2 News, TV3, TV3+ and MTV Music.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 31/05/2007

Austria - Regulator prepares for launch of DVB-H services

Austria is preparing to launch mobile television services using the DVB-H services. The services are expected to be launched by the summer of 2008, in time for the EURO 2008 football championship.

Legislation, set to come into effect on 1 August, will reserve space on one multiplex for DVB-H services. A basic package, offering the services of the free-to-air terrestrial broadcasts (ORF 1, ORF 2 and ATV) will be available without a cost.

The remainder of the multiplex will be reserved for other broadcasters who will be able to charge a monthly premium to access their services.

While 15 DVB-H services will initially be made available, it is expected that a total of 30 services will be offered.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 15/05/2007

Germany - Kartellamt looks at DVB-H consortium

The German competition authority Bundeskartellamt is looking at the consortium of mobile operators Vodafone, T-Mobile and O2. The group wants to offer a nationwide DVB-H bouquet of 16 channels scheduled for a launch in the spring of 2008.

The investigation might result in a blocking of the proposed joint offer, because three of the four mobile operators are involved. Originally e-Plus was also part of the group, but the KPN owned operator withdrew from the project.

At the moment there is only one mobile TV operator active with a commercial offer, Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland (MFD) has a 4-channel TV bouquet (plus radio) using the DMB standard. The service so far as attracted 10,000 subscribers, but is as yet not available nationwide.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 12/04/2007

Finland - YLE delays DVB-H launch

The public service broadcaster YLE has announced that it will not launch its DVB-H services until at least the end of the year. Reasons for the delay include copyright issues that need to be sorted and the limited number of DVB-H handsets on the market.

Network operator Digita deployed the DVB-H network, which is available in Helsinki, Turku and Oulu, last December.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 10/04/2007

Hungary - Launch of DVB-H trial

Network operator Antenna Hungaria , together with telecom operator T-Mobile launched a technical DVB-H trial on 1 April. The trial is expected to last for several months.

The trial will test how Antenna Hungaria's broadcast network can be connected to T-Mobile's mobile technology to allow for the provision of DVB-H services.

The public service broadcaster MTV is making content available for the trial, including such television services as M1, M2, Duna and Duna2 Autonomia.

Source: Antenna Hungaria press release

:: 04/04/2007

France - Support for DVB-H as the mobile TV standard

In a presentation given at the Salon de la réception numérique, the Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, has given his support for mobile TV using the DVB-H standard. He has also called for the rapid launch of commercial services.

Supporters of the DVB-H standard in France include the Mobile TV Consortium as well as the new head of the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), Michel Boyon.

In the Europe Union, the Commissioner for the Information Society adn Media, Viviane Reding, has announced her intention to make DVB-H the standard of choice. She would like services to be launched in time for the Euro 2008.

Source: Neteco.com

:: 28/03/2007

Sweden - Positive results for DVB-H trial

The DVB-H trial held in Stockholm garnered positive feedback from its 400 participants. Users expressed an interest in the service, with 87% saying they had a positive impression of the service.

Over 80% said they were willing to pay between SEK 10 (€1.07) and SEK 50 (€5.35) per month for the service, although this amount may not provide sufficient income to cover the cost of the service.

The trial was conducted by the broadcast network operator Teracom, Nokia, telecom operator Telenor and public service broadcaster SVT.

Source: Dow Jones Newswire

:: 21/03/2007

Spain - DVB-H trial in Seville

The regional broadcast network operator Axion has launched a DVB-H trial in Seville. The French network operator TDF owns 67% of Axion.

The six month trial provides 15 television and 10 radio programme services. It is currently a technical trial, although it may be possible at a late date to include a commercial component to the trial.

The trial is expected to last 6 months.

Source: TDF

:: 16/03/2007

Netherlands - Preparations for a DVB-H launch in 2007?

DVB-H services are expected to be launched in the Netherlands in the second half of 2007. The Dutch telecom operator KPN holds the necessary frequency license following its acquisition of Digitenne in 2006.

Already, KPN has invited broadcasters to submit proposals for consideration as part of the DVB-H platform. In addition, Samsung has showcased two mobile phones with DVB-H reception during CeBit that could be suitable for the KPN DVB-H offer.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 09/03/2007

Italy - 3 Italia's commercial DVB-H results

3 Italia has announced that it has attracted over 250,000 subscribers to its DVB-H service since its launch in June 2006. For 3 Italia, this demonstrates that a market for mobile television exists.

The service provides 9 television programme services in its basic package for €29 per month. Three premium services are also available and include two adult services and a service dedicated to "Grande Fratello", the leading reality show.

According to Alessandro Floris, 3 Italia's director of digital mobile TV, ARPU (average revenue per user) from mobile television users is up 60 percent and users appear to be quite loyal to the service with only a negligible churn.

Peak viewing occurs at lunchtime and before dinner, although special sports events have caused viewing to increase dramatically.

Source: EE Times

:: 07/03/2007

Ireland - Arqiva and O2 launch a DVB-H trial

Network operator Arqiva together with the mobile telecom operator O2 have launched the first DVB-H commercial trial in Ireland. The trial services are available to 350 users in the Dublin area who have been equipped with Nokia N92 receivers.

Viewers will be able to access 13 television programme services including RTE1, RTE2, TV3, TG4, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports 1, Setanta Sports Ireland, Discovery, Cartoon Network, Sky Travel, Interactive Music, Interactive Games. In addition, viewer interaction will be possible with some services.

The trial will last until 31 August 2007.

Source: O2 press release

:: 05/03/2007

Austria - ORF launches dedicated DVB-H trial programme service

The public broadcaster ORF has launched a dedicated television programme service as part of the current DVB-H trial. This trial is conducted by Mobilkom Austria and 3 and includes 1,000 participants.

The new service, ORFmobile, provides viewers with access to short video clips including news, sports, weather and music. It is specially-designed for mobile television users.

It is expected that national regulators will invite candidates to tender for a mobile television license by the end of the year. While the mobile television standard has not yet been selected, DVB-H is the expected choice.

Commercial DVB-H services could be available in Austria by Summer 2008.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 05/03/2007

Germany - Regulators prepare for commercial DVB-H launch

The media regulator for Baden-Wuerttemberg, LFK, has begun the process for the launch of nationwide DVB-H services. LFK will coordinate the procedure for selecting a DVB-H service provider with the media regulators from other Länder.

Candidates can submit their request for a nationwide DVB-H license which should allow for an offer of 16 television and radio programme services. Applications must be submitted to the LFK by 13 April 2007.

Criteria for selecting the DVB-H operator include service offering, coordination between service providers, marketing strategy, financial arrangements for the network roll-out and functionalities of the end-receiver. As part of the service offer, viewers must have access to regional content and radio services.

It is expected that the DVB-H services will be commercially availble by Spring 2008. Already, commercial T-DMB services are available nationwide.

Source: LFK website

:: 02/03/2007

Italy - 3 Italia and RRD test DVB-T and DVB-H on same multiplex

Testing conducted by 3 Italia and network operator Reti Radiotelevisive (RRD) has shown that it is possible to offer DVB-H and DVB-T services from the same multiplex.

The test was conducted using 3 Italia's multiplex currently offering DVB-H services. Using hierarchical modulation, a single channel provided 4 DVB-T television programme services as well as the current DVB-H offering from 3 Italia.

Source: 3 Italia

:: 02/03/2007

Qatar - Qtel to launch DVB-H services in 2007

Qatar has announced that it will launch commercial DVB-H services this year. Trial DVB-H services have been available since December.

Qtel will operate the new mobile television service that will offer viewers access to 13 television programme services including Aljazeera, CNN, Cartoon Network, and QTV.

Source: ABU website

:: 14/02/2007

Spain - Commercial launch of DVB-H services in 2008?

The Spanish government has announced its intention to approve the necessary legislation to allow for the introduction of DVB-H services. These services could begin at the end of 2007 or early 2008.

It is expected that one multiplex will be available for the DVB-H services and allow five operators to share its capacity. Up to 20 DVB-H service slots may be available.

Currently, the leading mobile operators - Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange - are involved in DVB-H trials across Spain.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 06/02/2007

Czech Republic - Results of DVB-H trial available

The results of the T-Mobile DVB-H trial have proven quite similar to those of commercial trials launched in other European countries. Viewers have accessed services at least once a day for an average of 20 minutes.

News and music were the most popular content, with the services of CT24 the most watched, followed by Ocko.

The trial, which took place from 23 October to 5 December 2006, consisted of 250 users in the Prague area.

Source: T-Mobile press release

:: 05/02/2007

Italy - Vodafone uses Nagravision for DVB-H security

Vodafone has selected Nagravision to protect the content rights for its newly launched DVB-H services, Vodafone SKY TV. With Nagravision's solution, Vodafone can offer a wide range of business models such as pay-per-subscription to pay-per-view and pay-per-time.

Viewers are able to access such services as Fox 1, Sky Sports and the Disney Channel as well as premium TV services such as Serie A football. The service is using LG KU950 handsets.

Already, Nagravision provides service to 3 Italia and TIM for their DVB-H service offering in Italy.

Source: Nagravision website

:: 02/02/2007

Taiwan - Launch of a DVB-H trial

A technical DVB-H trial has been launched in Taichung City. The proejct is headed by ChungHwa Wideband Best Network, Innoxius Technologies and Gigabyte.

While initially a technical trial, it is expected to include a commercial component in order to better understand feasible business models and viewer requirements.

The trial will last from February to December 2007.

Source: DVB-H.org website

:: 02/02/2007

Albania - Provisional DVB-H services launched

DigitALB and Grass Valley have launched DVB-H services in Albania. Throughout 2007, viewers will not need to pay to access the DVB-H services.

Services are currently available in the capital city Tirana and cover 50% of the population. As a next step, DigitALB plans to provide coverage to 80% of the population.

DigitALB currently runs a DVB-T service using a trial frequency licence.

Source: DVB-H.org website

:: 26/01/2007

Austria - DVB-H trial extended to Kitzbühel

The DVB-H pilot headed by telecom operator mobilkom austria and its partners public broadcaster ORF, Salzburg University, Siemens, H3G and network operator ORS has launched in Kitzbühel. The pilot was extended to Kitzbühel during the famouse Ski Challenge 07 tournament.

As part of the pilot, users in Kitzbühel are able to access Hit Radio Ö3, ORF1 and ORF2.

The pilot was first launched in May 2006 and is expected to run until mid-2007.

Source: Mobilkom Austria

:: 05/01/2007

United States - Modeo prepares for DVB-H launch in NYC

Modeo is preparing for its upcoming DVB-H launch by announcing its 'commercial beta' trial of DVB-H service in New York City. The new service will provide several hundred people with access to DVB-H services using Modeo's DVB-H-enabled HTC Pocket PC Phones, also called the Foreseer TV smartphone.

Foreseer is built on Windows Mobile 5.0 and is a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device that measures 4.1 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches and weighs 4.23 ounces. It has a Texas Instruments OMAP850 200 MHz CPU, 64 MB of ROM, 64MB of RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot (for up to 2 GB of extra storage), a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a DVB-H tuner. In addition, an NVIDIA Go-Force 5500 graphics engine operates the Pocket PC Phone's 2.2-inch QVGA (240 x 320 pixel), 64K-color touch-screen display at up to 30 frames per second. A 1150 mAH lithium-ion battery provides up to three hours of television viewing.

Source: Blackberry Today

:: 02/01/2007

Finland - Government expected to issue DVB-H programme licenses

The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority is expected to soon issue licenses for the provision of television and radio services on the newly-built DVB-H network.

Programme licenses will not be necessary for broadcasters, such as YLE, providing television content simultaneously on conventional television networks. In addition, interactive services, such as games, are not subject to a licence.

The DVB-H network is managed by Digita.

Source: DM Europe

:: 19/12/2006

France - DVB-H testing in Metz

The broadcast regulator, Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA), has authorised the network operator TDF to undertake DVB-H testing in Metz.

Metz is located in the eastern part of France, near the border with Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. The trial license is granted until 31 August 2007.

Source: CSA website

:: 14/12/2006

Italy - New DVB-H service available to Vodafone customers

Vodafone will offer its customers DVB-H services with content provided by Sky Italia using Mediaset's transmission network.

Content includes Fox One, Disney Channel Mobile, DeeJay TV, FX, Cine Shots, live football from Sky Calcio, Sky TG 24 and Sky Sport 24. All content from Sky will be offered for free of charge until 31 March 2007.

Already, commercial DVB-H services are available from 3 Italia and TIM.

Source: Vodafone press release

:: 06/12/2006

France - DVB-H trial in a Parisian metro

The first demonstration of DVB-H services in a metro were undertaken in Paris on 6 December by the Parisian metro operator RATP and the network operator TDF. This is the first DVB-H trial to be undertaken in an underground metro.

The demonstration took place between the metro stations Assemblée Nationale and Concorde in the presence of François Loos, the deputy minister for industry.

Mobile television services are expected to be launched in France in September 2007.

Source: France 2 website

:: 30/11/2006

India - Nokia supports DVB-H trial

Nokia has announced its plans for a DVB-H trial in India in early 2007. The trial will be undertaken with the national broadcaster Doordarshan.

As part of the trial, Doordarshan will test the reception quality of the broadcast coverage, and explore different revenue generating schemes, such as advertising and interactive services.

Source: Nokia press release

:: 29/11/2006

Portugal - DVB-H trial in the Lisbon area

Commercial broadcaster TVI and mobile operator Vodafone Portugal have launched a trial DVB-H service. The service is available in the greater Lisbon area.

Media Capital’s RETI is providing the transmission service.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 22/11/2006

Russia - DVB-H services in 2008?

The largest private sector consumer services company in Russia, Sistema Mass Media, intends to launch DVB-H services in 16 Russian cities by 2008.

Sistema is currently in the process of buying companies with access to the necessary frequencies to allow for a DVB-H service launch.

It is not known which cities are targeted nor which companies have already been purchased.

Source: Kommersant

:: 16/11/2006

Qatar - Trial DVB-H services in December

Qatar Telecom has announced that it plans on launching commercial DVB-H services next year. In addition, it will make trial DVB-H services available as part of the Doha Asian games next month.

Viewers will be able to access 13 television programme services using a Nokia N92 receiver.

Source: Khaleej Times Online

:: 31/10/2006

Finland - Content agreement for DVB-H platform

SBS Finland, a leading creator of radio and television content, has signed an agreement with the network operator Digita for the distribution of its content on the DVB-H platform.

SBS content and content-related information, such as interactive sections, opinion polls, and competitions, will be offered to viewers as part of their DVB-H services. The agreement is valid for a five year period.

Digita, which holds the DVB-H frequency license, is in the process of building the DVB-H network. The first stage of launch is expected in December and will provide services to 25% of the population. Further roll-out will take place after analogue switch off in August 2007.

Source: Digita press release

:: 30/10/2006

United States - Newport Media introduces new single-chip mobile TV receiver for DVB-H

DigiTAG member Newport Media has introduced its NMI300 single-chip Sundance H mobile digital television receiver. The new chip, measuring 7mm x 7mm, offers a small size with a low power consumption.

The new chip can receive up to eight simultaneous channels while maintaining an extremely low 3.0 dB noise figure. Features include 55dB of adjacent channel rejections along with 110Hz Doppler frequency performance in 8k mode.

The new chip will support the DVB-H standard. Currently available in sample quantities, it is priced at $8 per unit in OEM quantities of 10,000. The solution is expected to enter volume production in early 2007.

Source: Newport Media press release

:: 30/10/2006

Switzerland - Launch of DVB-H commercial trial

Swisscom Broadcast will launch its commercial DVB-H trial in the Swiss capital Berne on 1 November. The trial will involve 200 participants and last until the end of January 2007.

Users will be able to access up to 17 television programme services as well as four radio services. Trial partners include the telecom operators Swisscom Mobile, Sunrise and Orange as well as Nokia.

The trial will test whether DVB-H services corresponds to viewer needs regarding mobile radio and television.

Source: DM Europe

:: 25/10/2006

Czech Republic - Launch of a 6-week DVB-H commercial pilot

Telecom operator T-Mobile and the broadcast network operator Radiokomunikace have launched a six-week friendly-user DVB-H trial. The trial is set to last until the end of November.

The 250 trial participants will be able to access 10 television programme services in the Prague region. Of these services, seven will be available free-to-air (ČT24, CzechTourism, Euronews, Óčko, Playboy TV, t-music, TOP TV) and three will be encoded (Filmbox, JETIX, National Geographic). Nagravision is providing the access-protection services.

The pilot aims to better understand customer preferences and behavior towards mobile television.

Source: T-Mobile press release

:: 18/10/2006

Ireland - Commercial DVB-H pilot to begin in January 2007

Arqiva has announced its plans with O2 to launch the first commercial DVB-H trial in Ireland. The trial will officially begin in January 2007 and last for approximately 8 months.

Four hundred O2 Ireland customers in the Greater Dublin area will be able to access DVB-H services using the Nokia N92 mobile handsets. Services will include content from the public service broadcaster and Sky as well as interactivity with a music video service and a games service.

The results of the DVB-H trial will be presented to the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and ComReg in 2007.

Source: Arqiva press release

:: 09/10/2006

Sweden - Launch of DVB-H commercial trial

Sweden will launch its largest mobile television pilot in early October. Viewers in parts of Stockholm, Solna and Sundbyberg will be able to access a total of 15 services.

During the first month, pay DTT provider Boxer will make 9 television programme services freely available to viewers. These services include Channel 5, Channel+ Sport, Eurosport, MTV Shorts, BBC World, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, The Voice and Star.

Partners in this trial include Boxer, Teracom, Nokia and Telenor.

Source: Boxer website

:: 27/09/2006

Ireland - Preparations for a DVB-H trial

Mobile telecom operator 3 has announced plans to launch a DVB-H trial in Ireland. The company has been awarded a trial DVB-H license by the regulator ComReg.

The trial license is valid for one full year beginning immediately. Already, 3 has launched commercial DVB-H services in Italy.

Source: advanced-television.com

:: 20/09/2006

Hong Kong - DVB-H technical trial to begin

A DVB-H technical trial has begun in Hong Kong. The trial will last from September 2006 until March 2007. Motorola and PCCW-HKT Telephone Limited, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's telecommunications provider, PCCW, will conduct the trial.

The trial will use Motorola DVB-H enabled mobile devices, network solutions and interactive services platform. As part of the trial, PCCW will evaluate the technical capabilities and the operational performance of DVB-H in Hong Kong.

Source: Finanzen.net

:: 14/09/2006

Vietnam - Commercial DVB-H trial to launch by end of year

Nokia and the national broadcaster Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) have annouced a joint plan to launch commercial DVB-H services by the end of 2006. The services will be launched in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Viewers will be able to access seven television programme services as well as a video-on-demand service from a catalogue of titles proposed by VTC.

The service will be available on Nokia's Nseries DVB-H enabled multimedia devices, delivered by the Nokia N92.

Source: Nokia press release

:: 13/09/2006

Italy - Nagravision selected to secure TIM's DVB-H network

Telecom Italia TIM, the largest mobile network operator in Italy, has selected Nagravision to secure its commercial DVB-H service. The service is expected to be officially launched in October on a subscription basis.

Targeting TIM's 26 million Italian subscribers, the service will be available in all of the country's regional capitals, including Turin, Rome, Milan and Florence. Coverage will reach approximately 75% of the population by the end of the year.

Already, Nagravision secures the DVB-H service launched by 3 Italia in June 2006. This service offering expects to reach 500,000 subscribers by the end of the year.

Source: Nagravision

:: 08/09/2006

Russia - DVB-H services to launch in Sverdlovsk

A commercial DVB-H service will launch in the region of Sverdlovsk in April 2007. This service will provide viewers with access to 15 television programme services, including pay and free-to-air services.

In addition, a commercial trial of the services will be available as of November 2006 in the city of Ekaterinburg. During the trial, 100 DVB-H mobile phones, 50 DVB-H USB receivers for laptop computers, 50 DVB-H SDIO receivers for PDAs and 100 portable media players will be available.

SIDSA will provide the DVB-H platform, the Headend equipment and the Conditional Access System.

Source: Sidsa website

:: 28/08/2006

Germany - Results for commercial DVB-H pilot

The operators of the commercial DVB-H pilot in Germany have announced positive results from viewers. Users were impressed by excellent picture quality, good reception and an extensive range of programme choice.

Available to 1,000 viewers in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and Munich, the pilot offered access to 16 radio and television programme services. It started at the end of May for a duration of 3 months. Manufacturers contributing prototype and pre-series devices to the pilot included BenQ Siemens, Motorola, Nokia, Sagem and Samsung.

Given the success of the pilot, the pilot operators, E-Plus, O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone plan on forming a consortium to lobby federal and regional authorities for the necessary frequencies to launch commercial DVB-H services.

Source: Cellular News

:: 10/08/2006

Sweden - DVB-H trial during the European Athletics Championship

Residents of the city of Gothenburg were able to test DVB-H services during the recent European Athletics Championship held in the Swedish city. Mobile operator Telia and the manufacturer Nokia led the pilot.

As part of the pilot, viewers were able to access five television programme services (SVT1, SVT2, TV4, Kanal 5 and Eurosport) offering coverage of the Championship. It used the Nokia N92 DVB-H receivers.

Source: Broadband TV News

:: 07/08/2006

Italy - Mediaset prepares for DVB-H launch

Mediaset has announced its plans to launch its DVB-H services in October. Already, Mediaset has agreed to make its DVB-H services available to the mobile phone operators TIM, 3 Italia and Vodafone.

Although the content for the platform has not been confirmed, possible services include those of CNN and Endemol.

Source: advanced-television.com