Sunday, July 3, 2005

Digital Mobile TV (DVB-H) Pilot Planned in Spain

Abertis Telecom, Nokia and Telefónica Móviles España are starting a mobile TV pilot using Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) technology. The pilot, which will take place in Madrid and Barcelona between September 2005 and February 2006, will deliver content from major regional and local channels to Nokia 7710 smartphones equipped with a special accessory to receive mobile TV broadcasts. The mobile phones feature a wide color touch-screen (640 x 320 pixels) and stereo music player, enabling users to take part in program related interactive services while watching TV. The pilot will assist in possible market research that would enable Abertis Telecom, Nokia and Telefonica Moviles to measure public interest in mobile TV services.

Telefónica Móviles is responsible for customer support, invoicing and interactive services. Abertis Telecom will broadcast the programs in Madrid and Barcelona and are also handling any technical issues with DVB-H signal. Nokia will provide the Mobile TV solution and smartphones that will be used for the pilot.

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