Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Modeo Licenses Digital Fountain for U.S. DVB-H Network

Modeo, which is building a dedicated multi-channel DVB-H network in the top 30 U.S. markets, has licensed Digital Fountain's "DF Raptor" forward error correction (FEC) technology. Modeo plans to incorporate the technology in its DVB-H broadcast network file delivery service.

Digital Fountain's DF Raptor technology is an advanced and highly flexible FEC that enables the efficient and error-free download of multimedia data files in the presence of a wide range of network impairments. The technology has been standardized by DVB as part of IP datacasting services over DVB-H and by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) as a component of the Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS) for GSM-based 3G cellular networks.

Modeo is a subsidiary of Crown Castle, which owns over 10,000 wireless towers and holds a nationwide spectrum licenses.

DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld) is an open, non-proprietary global industry standard for the delivery of mobile broadcast digital services to handheld devices that has been formally standardized by the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). With DVB-H, consumers will be able to enjoy sports, news, entertainment, animation, music, and other programming direct to their mobile devices. DVB-H delivers content both as streams for real-time entertainment and as file downloads, or "podcasts," for use at the subscriber's convenience.


  • Modeo plans to offer a compelling package of live video channels, audio channels and podcast content over its Digital Video Broadcast – Handheld (DVB-H) network to a broad range of mobile devices in the United States.

  • Crown Castle has previously disclosed key equipment and services suppliers for its forthcoming mobile TV service, including Thales Broadcast & Multimedia and Axcera for terrestrial site transmitter equipment and integration services; Kathrein for site antennas; SES AMERICOM for providing satellite space segment for broadcast distribution; and Microsoft for Windows Media Audio, Windows Media Video 9 and Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) 10 encoding technology.

– The Newest Mobile Multimedia Standard
June of 2005, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) completed
Release 6 of its technical specifications for the continued evolution of
3rd generation (3G) cellular networks based on the GSM infrastructure.
Included in 3GPP Release 6 are the specifications for the Multimedia
Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS), an IP-based technology designed to
more efficiently deliver multimedia (video, audio, and text) content over
3G radio and network resources. Here is an overview.

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