At Least Two Paths Are Emerging In Mobile TV

If you haven’t heard about this yet, join the club. While Qualcomm (NSDQ: QCOM) and others have been working diligently within the wireless industry to roll out mobile TV, a separate initiative has been under way within the broadcast industry to allow TV stations to transmit local content to mobile devices from their existing towers. The Open Mobile Video Coalition, which represents more than 850 TV stations, is announcing today that it is moving forward to establish a standard following technical trials. The standard is expected to be ready by the digital TV transition taking place in February 2009. This puts into context yesterday’s announcement by South Korean handset manufacturers LG (SEO: 066570) and Samsung, which have agreed to work together on a mobile TV technology that they hope will become the North American standard. They plan to combine LG


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