DVB welcomes DVB-H US standard adoption

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The Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB) has welcomed the decision by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to adopt DVB-H as an official standard for mobile digital TV in the US.

The DVB said the publication of TIA-1105, Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast Based On Digital Video Broadcasting For Handheld Devices System, was "a further boost to the growing acceptance of the non-proprietary, open standard by broadcast and telecommunications companies engaged in implementing mobile TV services in the US".

Peter MacAvock, executive director of the DVB Project, added: "DVB-H is now a recognisable global success with announcements almost every day of DVB-H products and services.

"The TIA's ratification of the specification as a standard is yet a further significant endorsement and will be seen as an important step in establishing DVB-H as the leading choice for Mobile TV implementers in the US."

DVB-H was formally adopted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as a standard (EN 302 304) in 2004.

Commercial DVB-H services have been launched in Italy, and services have been announced for the US, Finland, Vietnam, France, Germany, Spain, Russia and South Africa before the end of 2007.

The DVB Project is an industry-led consortium of over 260 broadcasters, manufacturers, network operators, software developers, regulatory bodies and others in over 35 countries "committed to designing global standards for the global delivery of digital television and data services".

Lovelace Consulting  |  24.10.2006

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