Do you remember ComVu, the (currently free) service which lets you broadcast videos from your Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone?
Now, ComVu announced the world's first live video broadcasting from a 3G camera phone direct to the DVB-H network. ComVu is working closely with Modeo, a pioneer in mobile television broadcast technology, to provide millions of citizen reporters with the ability to broadcast breaking news live to a global television audience. ComVu's demonstration of user-generated video broadcasting using Windows Media technologies from a camera phone to a Modeo-enabled device will be hosted at Microsoft's booth SL1161 at the NAB 2006 convention in Las Vegas, April 24-27.
"It's an exciting time for the broadcast industry when millions of mobile consumers can view high quality television on Modeo integrated DVB-H Smartphones with Windows Media technologies," says William Mutual, CEO of ComVu. "ComVu currently offers mobile newscasters an efficient way to broadcast live to a few thousand simultaneous viewers. However, with DVB-H, ComVu will enable the ultimate distribution solution for citizen-powered journalism and user-generated content with immediate reach by next year to an audience in the tens of millions worldwide."
Traditionally, broadcast television networks were the exclusive domains of the big media giants. In the last decade, streaming media over the Internet allowed for a much larger number of organizations to participate in broadcasting; however, it lacked scalability and ease of use. Now, ComVu and its partners offer the best of both worlds using Windows Media technologies and the DVB-H technologies - it is scalable, available for average citizens to broadcast and provided in the mobile realm. DVB-H is the latest development within the set of DVB transmission standards and meets the specific requirements of handheld, battery-powered receivers.
The NAB demonstrations will use camera phones leveraging the Windows Mobile 5.0 powered camera phones, equipped with ComVu's PocketCaster software to broadcast live video to Modeo-enabled devices. ComVu's live broadcasts are delivered using Windows Media technologies, including Windows Media Video and Windows Media Audio (WMA).
"The combination of Windows Mobile 5.0 powered devices and the Windows Media platform is creating exciting new mobile media opportunities," said Chad Hodge, director of Windows Digital Media at Microsoft Corp. "By leveraging the ComVu PocketCaster application the same Windows Media technologies that are used to deliver professional content to mobile viewers over Modeo's network can be used for consumers to gain access to a global audience."
ComVu sits at the forefront of converging developments in wireless and entertainment, where mobile phones are gaining high-end cameras and powerful processors, and where everyday people are creating and sharing their own content. ComVu's cutting-edge software is aided by Windows Mobile's flexible and open platform -- designed to help multimedia partners develop innovative content for people on the go. Research group Informa Telecoms & Media believe that there will be 74 million DVB-H subscribers by 2010, more than 50% of all mobile TV handset sales. Modeo has announced plans to officially launch its DVB-H mobile broadcast network and its commercial-grade multicast mobile broadcast center during 2006 in select major U.S. markets, including New York City. The company currently is working on deployment of the network to the top 30 U.S. market with launches targeted throughout 2007.
Cheers ~ Arne