Mobile DTV alliance pushes for standard in mobile TV

By Justin Mann on January 23, 2006, 6:47 PM
The “Mobile DTV Alliance”, comprised of Intel, Motorola, Nokia and Modeo as its biggest players, have settled on a standard that they will back for mobile TV. Everything is getting mobile. You can watch videos on your cell phone, record movies with a camera, and perhaps soon, download and watch TV series on an iPod. Mobile DTV Alliance is pushing for support of Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld, which will be an open procedure standard to getting broadcast signals (ala cable television) into a mobile device.

"The mobile-TV market is heating up, with both trials and deployments accelerating over the next 12-18 months," said David Linsalata, research analyst for Mobile Markets at IDC. "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."
The primary reason for big players to come together like this, of course, is to help the infant technology be accepted quicker in the market. Look at the nightmare that BluRay and HD-DVD are causing for many vendors, with some even opting to simply “wait it out”. Waiting it out is never good for consumers from an availbility standpoint, and most of the tech industry is pushed by the need to upgrade.

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exscind said:
More mobile TV headlines! It is clear the big companies want to force people to like mobile TV. Again, as it has been reiterated many times, many people dislike mobile TV due to the small screen size and undoubtedly the power hog on cell phones and iPods. I do think the technology should be available to those who want it, but I do not think the "Mobile DTV Alliance" should force this down people's throat.
MonkeyMan said:
Wow, mobile technology just keeps getting better!!! The possibilities are becoming endless, as more companies think of great ways to improve the technology. Pretty soon, there will be no restrictions on the amount of things you can do with a mobile device. Hey who knows, maybe they will create a robot to do things for you around the house lol.
mentaljedi said:
I've said it before and i'll say it again. THere is no point in having a mobile that does all these neat things if it drains powre to the point that its always connected to the charger and no longer becomes 'mobile'. As for the screen size, that's a big problem too. In reality, they should do something like this but for latops. I'm not sure if they do that already though...
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