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PREVIEW: DMB and DVB-H mobile TV to kick-off in Germany soon
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 26.05.06 - 17:16:47 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 12754x
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Well, this looks amazing. As most of us, I have read a lot of stuff about T-DMB and DVB-H based mobile TV during the past weeks and months and now it becomes serious for Germany too. Right with the FIFA Worldcup, a German company (called MFD - Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland) plans to launch its T-DMB based mobile TV service which is announced to launch with 4 TV- and 1 radio-stations including MTV. My fellow User Group member Thomas M., who works in this area (IPTV, etc.), recently managed to get one of the early T-DMB prototypes of the European GSM/UMTS version of the LG-LD1200 in his hands, which comes - contrary to the in Korea already released version - with a 1.3 megapixel camera only, not with the 2 megapixel camera over there:

And the screenshots he sent me in are just looking quite good (and yes, these images are screenshots, not photos. The device can make screenshots of the TV program you are watching):

I mean, hey - that's a standard QVGA resolution with 320 x 240, something a Windows Mobile user is used to use even for watching whole (ripped) DVDs, so why not watching live TV on this resolution?
On the 7th next month, we will have a bigger, whole day press event here with some live demonstrations from LG and Samsung which I will attend to get a better view. But before, during next weeks Windows Mobile User Group meeting, I will for sure give it a live test to be back with.

Technology-wise I'm pretty impressed, the only unimpressive thing is the business case, MFD takes (MFD will collect a monthly "Pay TV" fee between 7 and 10 Euros) as well as the channels which are some kind of instant channels instead of live TV.

Cheers ~ Arne


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