Feeds

New spec heralds digital video broadcast on 3G handsets

A Cost-effective multimedia distribution system?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

First picture messaging, then mobile phone camcorders, next, broadcast digital TV? Not quite, but a new transmission specification, DVB-X, is intended to combine Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) and 3G mobile telephony, providing a mechanism for broadcast distribution of music, video and general multimedia content. The spec was announced earlier this month at the DVB 2003 conference in Dublin, reports EETimes, and according Nokia director for concepts and technology (sounds a seriously trekkie job to us) Goeran Wahlberg will become a mandatory spec for handheld devices in the future."

Digital broadcast both audio and video, has major attractions for 2.5 and 3G handheld devices because it in theory allows bandwidth to be used much more efficiently. Yes, if you're practically on top of a 3G base station and there's nobody else wanting the bandwidth at the time you can most probably get decent quality video, but if it's video that a lot of other people are going to be wanting as well, then broadcast is far more logical. Nor, if it's just a case of providing a return pipe, does the handset need to be 3G - you really just need video-capable hardware.

According to EETimes an ad hoc DVB-X technical group is seeking technology for the spec by the end of this month, and envisages the first hardware being available in the 2006 timeframe. This probably (touch wood) means it will be coming into service as 3G networks are maturing. Licking power consumption problems and getting the hardware into an affordable handset could however turn out to be tricky. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.