Nokia backs DVB-H for mobile telly

Nokia has rubbished the idea that phones might have to support multiple mobile TV formats in the future and backed DVB-H to succeed, according to an a

Nokia has rubbished the idea that phones might have to support multiple mobile TV formats in the future and backed DVB-H to succeed, according to an article on Reed Electronics.

The company’s Director of multimedia business, Harri Mannisto, calmed fears about a future format tussle, saying that mobile TV will follow GSM on phones and settle on one open standard, which he reckons will be DVB-H.

Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld, as it likes to be known informally, has been trialled all over Europe and launched officially in Italy.

It will eventually reach the UK, but probably not until 2012 when the switching off of analogue signals frees up enough space on our overcrowded spectrum. Only then will we be able to sample the delights of DVB-H phones like Nokia’s N92 (above).

A potential problem is that other countries seem intent on trialling alternative formats; China, France and Germany have all had a play with DMB-T, and other strange acronyms like ISDB-T and MediaFLO are also throwing their hats into the ring.

But with big players like Nokia calling for a universal platform, the future of mobile telly could yet be saved from becoming a confusing jumble of competing formats.

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