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Wireless Community Supports DVB-H Open Standard, Encourages

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 18 Apr 2005 17:41:56 -0400

Crown Castle Mobile Media, DiBcom, Freescale, Intel, Microtune, Nokia, O2,
S-Communications, Silicon & Software Systems Ltd (S3), Texas Instruments,
TTPCom, and UDcast Publicly Promote and Drive DVB-H to Mobile Phones

LAS VEGAS, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A number of players in the
wireless industry today announced support for DVB-H (digital video
broadcast -- handheld), an open industry standard for the delivery of
mobile broadcast digital TV (DTV) for the U.S., European and Asian
marketplaces. DVB-H is experiencing broad support across the wireless
ecosystem, including partners and competitors alike, who are working
together to foster competition and innovation for the growing digital
TV market.

Such companies include wireless operators such as O2; multicast
network operators such as Crown Castle Mobile Media (NYSE:CCI);
wireless infrastructure providers such as UDcast; handset
manufacturers such as Nokia (NYSE:NOK); software stack providers such
as Silicon & Software Systems Ltd (S3); and semiconductor providers
such as DiBcom, Freescale (NYSE:FSL), Intel (Nasdaq: INTC),
Microtune(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: TUNE), S-Communications, Texas
Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:TXN) (TI) and TTPCom. Each company
listed, plus many others worldwide, is putting support behind DVB-H in
efforts to provide an open environment for mobile operators and
broadcasters to reach the largely un-tapped but promising digital
mobile TV market.

DVB-H is an open, non-proprietary standard that will foster growth
throughout the wireless market, allowing mobile DTV handsets and
services to reach the mass market faster and at a lower cost to
consumers. Additionally, DVB-H delivers an improved end user
experience over current video streaming services that utilize cellular
networks and reduce network capacity for voice services. Broadcast
digital TV for mobile phones is a large opportunity for operators,
broadcasters, handset manufacturers and silicon providers as it opens
up new opportunities and provides additional users and revenue-
generating services for digital TV services.


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