EU backs DVB-H Mobile TV Standard Over Six Others
BBC News reports that European officials have still beating the drums a single standard for the rollout of mobile TV services across Europe.
EU Telecoms commissioner Viviane Reding is once again calling on member states to roll out services using the DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds) standard "as quickly as possible.""We can either take the lead globally - as we did for mobile telephony based on the GSM standard developed by the European industry - or allow other regions to take the lion's share of the promised mobile TV market," she said.
"Wait-and-see is not an option. The time has come for Europe's industry and governments to switch on to mobile TV," she added.
Known to be a relatively open standard, DVB-H is one of seven currently accepted mobile tv standards.
Here's the BBC's complete list of these seven mobile tv standards, and the world regions they are likely to be found in:
- DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds) - available in Europe, US, South Africa and Asia
- S-DMB (Satellite Digital Multimedia Broadcast) - South Korea, Japan
- STIMI (Satellite Terrestial Interactive Multiservice Infrastructure) - China
- MediaFLO - launched in US, trialled in UK and Germany
- ISDB-T (Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting) - Japan
- T-DMB (Terrestial Digital Mulitmedia Broadcast) - South Korea, Germany
- DAB-IP (Digital Audio Broadcast) - UK
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