Movements In Mobile TV

Mobile TVThere’s a fair bit of movement in the field of mobile TV right now…
Swisscom Mobile Expands TV Channel Offering: Swisscom Mobile has expanded its offering of TV channels for mobile phones. NATEL customers can now choose from 21 TV channels on Vodafone live. “In addition to the main private German channels (RTL, SAT1 Schweiz, PRO7, VOX, RTL2, VIVA and N-TV) ARD and ZDF can now also be received. The offering is complemented by the international channels CNN and RAI UNO. With the channels that have been available since November 2004 (SF1 and SF2, SF Info, MTV, Eurosport, TSR 1 and TSR2, TF1 and TSI1 and TSI2), Swisscom Mobile now offers some 21 channels, which are arranged on the user’s mobile phone according to the portal language setting.” Its also installed EDGE technology, so mobile TV is available outside the city.
Que Pasa To Develop C4’s Mobile Content: UK’s Channel4 — which has announced plans for a very strong mobile content presence — has signed Que Pasa to develop it…the agency will be responsible for “developing mobile content and services supporting Channel 4 programming as well as developing bespoke mobile content…The core of Que Pasa’s activity will be in developing unique mobile content to push Channel 4’s ambitions of becoming one of the UK’s leading mobile content players”.
T-Mobile Adds Mobile TV: Towards the bottom of this article on Deutsche Telekom we find that the mobile arm of the telco has added mobile TV to the offering for UMTS-based mobile phones…”Two additional sport or cinema programs are available as well as n-tv live around the clock. The number of programs is set to exceed 10 in the future. Reception via UMTS using the streaming process is free during the intro-ductory phase which runs until the end of March 2006, and no charges will be levied for the data transferred for TV reception. All UMTS devices offered by T-Mobile during the Christmas period this year will feature mobile TV streaming.” Apparently its also “working on business models to reach wider customer groups with digital radio technologies such as DVB-H and DMB”, although why it would want to go with two standards I’m not sure.