Monday, January 23, 2006

Intel, Moto, Nokia, TI Form Mobile TV Alliance

Electronic News reports that Intel, Motorola, Nokia and Texas Instruments "have joined forces to promote the growth and evolution of Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld (DVB-H), an open procedure standard for broadcast digital TV reception on mobile devices."

The companies, plus content provider Modeo, a subsidiary of Crown Castle International Corp., "announced the Mobile DTV Alliance to focus on promoting the best practices and open standards for broadcast television to mobile devices in the North American market."

David Linsalata at IDC said, "The mobile TV market is heating up, with both trials and deployments accelerating over the next 12 to 18 months. The support of key industry players in promoting the advantages of the DVB-H standard will significantly aid mobile TV deployment efforts in North America."

According to the article, the group will "first target the top 30 U.S. markets for DVB-H mobile TV trials, noting New York as a prime candidate for 2006 introduction. All of the trials are expected to be completed in 2007."