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Monday, 13 March 2006 16:54

DVB-H trials in Melbourne for Commonwealth Games

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Telstra, Microsoft and Broadcast Australia have announced plans to demonstrate mobile TV during  the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games using Digital video broadcasting-handheld (DVB-H) technology.

DVB-H is a technology closely related to the digital video broadcast terrestrial (DVB-T) technology used by Australia's television broadcasters. DVB-H programming is broadcast from the same transmitters and can be received on specially adapted handsets.

The Melbourne showcase service will broadcast up to seven channels of live Commonwealth Games coverage including Channel Nine coverage of the Games on specially enabled Windows Mobile handheld devices. These will remain in the hands of staff of the participating companies and will used to demonstrate the technology for the duration of the games.

The handsets will use Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software and the content will be broadcast using Windows Media Video 9 compression technology. Broadcast Australia is providing the transmission infrastructure for the showcase service.

Telstra and Broadcast Australia subsidiary, The Bridge Networks have been running since July 2005 a much more extensive DVB-H trial in Sydney in conjunction with Nokia, which has supplied around 1000 DVB-H capable mobile phones that have been distributed to end users. That trial is using Real video compression  and playback technology.  A full commercial service could use both Real and Window Media Player and other compression technologies simultaneously.

The government has yet to assign spectrum for commercial DVB-H services in Australia.


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