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MOBILE TV: CyberLink demonstrates DVB-H TV solution for Mobile Devices
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 20.04.06 - 11:57:34 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13425x
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CyberLink, well known for its digital home solutions, recently unveiled its CyberLink DVB-H TV Solution for accessing broadcast TV content via mobile devices. The announcement reveals the extension of CyberLink's leading digital TV expertise for the PC, to include playback of video and TV entertainment via handheld devices such as PDAs and smartphones. CyberLink is currently demonstrating its latest solution at the Taipei International Digital Electronics Show.

In close cooperation with its mobile TV partners for content, network service and hardware, CyberLink is leveraging its extensive experience with digital TV standards and technologies to provide a DVB-H software solution for receiving and processing digital video content. Users access and view the content through the CyberLink DVB-H TV Solution interface.

"CyberLink's strategy is to provide convenient access to high-quality TV content independent of where or when the user wants it," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "The release of solutions for mobile devices is recognition that we see digital TV shifting beyond PC and CE usage scenarios to increasingly include on-the-go mobility."

Based on the Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld standard (DVB-H), CyberLink DVB-H TV Solution incorporates technologies that support the reception and playback of audio-video bitstream and Electronic Service Guide (ESG) data to a standards-based device. CyberLink's solution is also compliant with the Convergence of Broadcast and Mobile Services (DVB-CBMS) specifications for Internet Protocol Datacasting using DVB-H.

CyberLink DVB-H TV Solution features include:

  • TV Application consisting of TV A/V Presentation, DVB-H Channel Selection, and ESG Presentation modules
  • ESG parser for handling ESG bootstrap data, ESG XML Fragments, and Data Repositories, etc
  • MPEG 4 H.264 video decoder for delivering video on mobile devices
  • HE AAC v2 decoder for delivering audio on mobile devices
  • Network stack for capturing and de-multiplexing IP packets that can contain either ESG-related data over a FLUTE/ALC protocol, H.264 video payload over a RTP protocol, or a HE-AAC v2 payload over a RTP protocol

While the press release isn't talking about the used hardware, there is a fairly good chance that Cyberlink is using Windows Mobile powered Pocket PC. Two weeks ago, Cyberlink was showing-off its latest DVB-H solution the first time at the Intel Developer Forums where the company used a Intel XScale processor:

"For this IDF, CyberLink is delivering broadcast television content to a handheld device, using an Intel XScale processor so that MPEG-4 H.264 video content can be played without the need of a hardware decoder," said Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink. "What's more, through implementation of Intel Wireless MMX technology, CyberLink is able to boost H.264 decoding performance by up to 70%."

Looks like DVB-H for Windows Mobile is coming closer. Now we need a) DVB-H tuners for Pocket PCs and Smartphones and b) - which is even more important - TV stations which commercially broadcast DVB-H. Not to mention that we need one DVB-H DRM standard. At the moment we have Microsoft's DRM, the OMA DRM and a Nokia/Sony Ericsson propriety DRM standard which means that a device, used in one country/with one operator might not work in a different county/different network.

Cheers ~ Arne

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