Feeds

Europe tells states to get with the mobile TV programme

DVB-H for all

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The European Commission has told member states how to encourage mobile TV services to be implemented quickly.

What are the criteria? Services should be based on DVB-H and set up to ensure cross-Europe compatibility. Operators should be made to bid for licences with Ts&Cs that ensure services work well indoors and have sufficient transmission quality. If carriers fail to live up to the deal, government regulators should withdraw their licence to operate.

At the same time, the licensing process should be "a straightforward, transparent and non-discriminatory procedure", the EC said, and should "create conditions which encourage cooperation between telecoms operators and broadcasters".

Here's the bit we like: "One way to do this is choosing non-proprietary technologies, which all consumers would be able to use without extra plug-ins and regardless of which device they use, to access mobile TV content."

That doesn't mean such content will be free to view, but at least it will - hopefully - prevent punters being tied into specific vendors.

Actually, we were going to make a quip about Apple at this point, but of course the iPhone maker doesn't care about DVB-H - it wants mobile TV to be all about downloading shows from the iTunes Store.

However licences are awarded, EU Telecoms and Media Commissioner Vivienne Redding said, "we oppose heavy regulation or burdensome authorisation procedures for the introduction of mobile TV in Europe".

DVB-H's role is no surprise - in March 2008, the EC added the technology to its list of official European standards

The EC's guidelines can be read here (PDF).

Digital TV Reviews...


Hauppauge Freeview PMP

EyeTV Deluxe

Elgato EyeTV 310

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
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?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.