LG and Samsung join forces on Mobile Digital TV standard for North America
Unlike Qualcomm’s MediaFlo (which is used for both Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobile TV services), the new in-band mobile DTV standard will use the existing terrestrial digital TV broadcast bandwidth, optimizing it for the mobile usage. As digital TV is actually free, a customer will need only a compatible device to take use of it, instead of paying a fee to operators (as with MediaFlo). Thus, it will be able to reach more customers and according to some studies, the U.S. market for mobile DTV phones will reach 130 million units by the end of 2012. In Europe, the mobile DTV standard is DVB-H, which is based on the DVB-T terrestrial standard.
The official press release doesn’t provide information if the new solution will be based on LG’s MPH technology, announced back in January.
1. tylerk7531 (unregistered)
yeah!!! Finally, FREE over the air digital broadcasts! and on your cell phone!!! Can't wait!
LOL LG AND Samung? Wow, never thought I'd see the day. After this, they'll be back to being arch-rivals, huh?
Will it appear on the LG VU?
That will be awsome. I'll watch TV on my phone all the time. I just hope a phone comes out with this on Verizon by June 2009, when I get my upgrade. It will be sooo much better than that stupid $15-$30 a month mediaFlo thing now...can't wait!