19 October, 2005

TPS, Bouygues and Orange start DVB-H test

On Monday, satellite and ADSL platform TPS, mobile operators Bouygues Telecom and Orange, began their DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld) experimentation. The trial, on channel 37 in Paris, is to last for 9 months, to a panel of 400 subscribers, 200 from each of the two participating mobile operators. Some of them are also TPS subscribers.
Manufacturer Sagem has developed the terminal for this operation. Called "Sagem My MobileTV, it is an adapted version of an existing Sagem telephone. It has a larger than usual screen and also provides access to Bouygues' i-mode service and the Orange World portal.
The testers have access to a bouquet of nine channels, to be extended later on. Interactive services and a programme guide are also to be added later on.
The test uses MPEG-4 H264 compression, believed to be a world first for DVB-H.
TPS is supplying the channels in the form of the compressed multiplex, which is then sent on to TDF transmitters at the Eiffel Tower and four other transmitters in the Paris region.
I never cease to be amazed of the use made by such high tech.
While some people are moving to bigger screens with better definition, others (or are they the same?) are watching TV on a titchy screen on the move.
I wonder whether some people will be using their phone to watch a different channel while in the same room as the rest of their family. And paying through the nose for the priviledge.