Mobile TV

Mobile TV

Sporting the same elegantly styled slider body, the new Nokia 5330 gets revived to take advantage of the DVB-H TV broadcasts that are now fully deployed in many European countries. They include the Netherlands, Albania, Austria, Finland and Poland, with France and Spain joining them soon. Russia is expected to roll it out next year in key cities. Outside of Europe, Nokia fans in Vietnam, parts of India and in northern Africans countries like Namibia, Nigeria, Kenya and Morocco can enjoy TV watching on their handsets soon.

Mobile TV service does not use the mobile phone network to transmit the TV signals. Instead, it uses a separate network to distribute, transmit and broadcast the TV signals to the mobile phones. It only uses the mobile phone network to provide interactivity and user authorization with the TV service provider. Since the 3G mobile phone network from AT&T and Verizon are both capable to carry IP traffic, it seems to be obvious that the simplest implementation for mobile TV is using IPTV. A good example is AT&T already using IPTV in its U-verse service (internet, phone and TV).

The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition is Nokia’s little TV device (after the 7710, N96, N77 and N92). For those who remember, model 5330 is the eXpressMusic -it also got a previous do-over as the Navigation Edition. Anyway, this mobile phone can receive DVB-H signals and provides the user with plenty of mobile viewing enjoyment; provided the user lives in a region with DVB-H broadcasting. European countries with this are limited to Italy, Finland, Austria, Albania, Netherlands and Poland. If you live there, or frequent these places enough, then it would be a good idea to invest in this phone.

Mobile TV is not a new phenomenon. consumers in Asia Pacific (Japan and Korea) have been viewing TV on their mobile for more than a decade. It’s available across Europe, Africa and USA. The technologies used also varies – from ISDBT to CMMB.

3G is not a ideal carrier for mobile TV service. It’s costly, bad quality, limited bandwidth and does not allow users beyond the network’s capacity. World over, deployments are broadcast based – some terrestrial and some satellite. Satellite broadcast enables wider coverage, better quality and does not have limitation on the number of users.

The Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition aims to utilize the DVB-H technology by delivering a great smart phone with plenty of useful features and an excellent television viewing capability. Despite the small screen size of 2.4 inches, the television viewing experience is amazing; the phone delivers excellent graphics despite the size, and the brightness is set at just the right amount. The audio quality is good too; thanks to the 3.5mm audio jacks you will be able to listen using your favorite earphones.

However, mobile-TV poses challenges for handset manufacturers and content providers alike. To be feasible, it requires high processing power, low power consumption (improved battery life), large memory for long hours of TV viewing and improved LCD touch screens will be preferred by the users but at the same time, all these should not make the handset very bulky. iPhone’s growing popularity is a case in point.

This advanced technology is soon to debut in India and everyone in the country is eager to new opportunities and benefits provided by this service. Today, mobiles or cell phones have become a ubiquitous device in India. People are looking for everything on their mobile phones, from organizing their work, keeping reminders to hearing music and playing games. That’s the reason the desire and eagerness of Mobile TV came into picture.

How is mobile theater possible? Due to the enhanced data transfer rates and higher buffering capabilities in our phones. To make mobile theater possible changes should be made in both the consumers and the service providers side. Service providers are now enhancing their services to adopt 3G standards so that they can provide broader spectrum of services. There are many issues which need to be identified and resolved to provide these complex services. Some of them are issues like consumer specific and some are service provider specific.

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