Nokia's DVB-H standard adopted by EU as official mobile phone TV format
Mobile phone TV, eh? The amazing-for-30-seconds flash-in-the-pan literally nobody cares about? Well, somebody cares. Nokia cares. And the European Union cares. Together, they have just announced that the DVB-H digital format is now the preferred format for mobile telly in Europe. Hooray!
What this means for us is we’re about to get bombarded with promotional images of mobile phones showing football clips on, as everyone thinks men watching football clips is the only way to sell TV services. Like this:
Sorry this news is a bit dull and about digital TV formats…
Alas, poor Lobster… Virgin Mobile's DAB TV service to be axed
Virgin Mobile’s DAB-based mobile TV service is set to be axed, after business partner BT decided to can its BT Movio division. It’s the first example of rival broadcast mobile TV standards suffering after the EU decided to endorse the DVB-H platform earlier this month.
EU endorses DVB-H mobile TV format… but its decision is already causing ructions
Most UK mobile operators offer some form of streaming mobile TV over their 3G networks, and while the quality has improved, it’s still not exactly tip-top. Proper digital broadcasts would seem to be the answer, but there’s a cluster of competing formats, which each have different cheerleaders in different countries. It’s a bit of a mess.
Sharp's mobile TV tuner that receives DVB-H and T-DMB
The world of mobile TV is a confusing place for us poor consumers, who in the UK at least are currently stuck with streaming channels over our 3G connections. Well, or there’s Virgin Mobile’s Lobster phone, of course, which receives digital channels via a DAB tuner.