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BROADCASTING: DFL to start a DVB-H trial in Germany with support of Microsoft
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 07.09.05 - 19:32:30 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9491x
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Wow, how exciting and interesting! Something happens on the German DVB-H market and Microsoft (and Windows Mobile as it looks) is part of it.
According to today's DFL press release (DFL is the German Football/Soccer League), DFL will trial - together with Microsoft - DVB-H in Berlin. In fact it's planned to send all premier league matches as DVB-H live broadcast.

As DRM, DFL and Microsoft will use Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10 DRM (code named "Janus") and in the DFL press release, Erik Huggers, Senior Director of Windows Digital Media at Microsoft is quoted with: "the broadcasting of soccer matches with 'Windows-based' mobile devices is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the the options, the digital technology is able to provide in the future".

DVB-H on "Windows-based mobile devices"? Is he talking about Windows Mobile devices or is he talking about Tablet PCs/Notebooks? Right now, I'm not aware of a DVB-H Pocket PC nor does the current Pocket PCs supports DVB-T (even if you can get a lot of USB-sized DVB-T receivers now you can not use them with your Pocket PC).

Anyway, it's an interesting development. Unfortunately I'm not living in Berlin, so I can not participate (nor I was invited to participate) but I will try to get some more information.

Cheers ~ Arne

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