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LIVE TV: T-Mobile Germany to show live Bundesliga matches on UMTS cell phones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 08.08.06 - 15:32:25 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 16881x
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Also a kind of place shift TV but this time provided by a mobile operator. Following its live TV Football World Cup success, T-Mobile Germany recently announced that German soccer fans can watch all the Bundesliga (German soccer league) action live and in color, even on the go. MobileTV is transmitting up-to-the-minute live images, live broadcasts and match-day highlights directly to UMTS mobile displays on no less than three channels in time for the start of the German Bundesliga on August 11.
Fans won't have to miss a single crucial scene, even if they can't watch the match on TV. T-Mobile has acquired the rights for mobile live transmission for the next three seasons for all matches in the first and second Bundesliga, as well as the secondary rights for summarizing highlights, and broadcasts.

The offer is based on the signal of Premiere, which T-Com also uses for transmitting its online Bundesliga offering over the VDSL high-speed network.

  • The Live channel transmits one complete Bundesliga top match every day from Friday to Monday, plus three selected second-league matches, including Monday's top match.
  • The Broadcast/Live channel transmits live broadcasts on Saturdays, switching between all Bundesliga matches, followed by live broadcasts of the second-league matches on Sundays as well as additional live broadcasts of complete first and second-league matches on the other match days.
  • The third offer is the Highlights channel, which screens up-to-the-minute summaries of all first and second-league Bundesliga matches of the respective match day, the goals of the week, the best scenes from the match days and a host of soccer news and background info in a moderated Bundesliga show. The Highlights channel also broadcasts a moderated daily sports news program covering sports news from all over the world.

The MobileTV offer can be accessed on the t-zones portal under MobileTV and for selected cell phones, on the bookmarks page on the web'n'walk portal under the Bundesliga menu, respectively. The use of MobileTV requires a 3G-capable mobile device. MobileTV can currently be used via the web'n'walk portal with Nokia devices N70 and 6680 (but isn't supporting Windows Mobile devices like T-Mobile MDA Pro or MDA Vario II yet - unfortunately).

The Bundesliga offering is a component of the MobileTV service from T-Mobile. Use of MobileTV is subject to a monthly or daily charge. The flat rate of 7.50 Euro permits unlimited use of MobileTV for a month; access for 24 hours costs 2 Euro. The price includes use of the entire MobileTV offer of T-Mobile. No additional costs are incurred for data transmission.

Cheers ~ Arne


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