This is a pretty comprehensive article about mobile TV in Germany…starting with a review of the DMB service planned to launch on May 31 in time for the FIFA World Cup. Whether or not the matches will be shown on the mobile TV service is apparently a touchy subject, but of the four TV channels available at launch (ZDF, MTV, N24, PRO7) ZDF has the rights to broadcast half of the matches but FIFA and Infront want to charge more licence fees for the mobile TV effort, even the ZDF games.
There’s a lot of background as to what is happening in Germany in terms of mobile TV, including details on the spectrum issue which we’ve reported on before (DMB spectrum is available nationwide now, DVB-H spectrum isn’t). But there’s a bit more:
“Another potentially important success factor for DMB is the existing DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast) infrastructure in Germany. DAB is a commercial failure in Germany, but the infrastructure has about 90% coverage. Mr. Rinnert said that they are exploring currently the possibilities to upgrade the DAB infrastructure to support DMB.”
Debitel — “an independent mobile provider with access ot the four main network operators” — will sell the mobile TV service and handsets…the service is expected to go for around 10 euros per month and the handsets will be subsidized to some extent.
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