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TIA boost for DVB-H in USA

26 October 2006

The DVB has welcomed the decision by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to adopt DVB-H as an official standard for Mobile Digital TV in the US. The publication of TIA-1105, ‘Terrestrial Mobile Multimedia Multicast Based On Digital Video Broadcasting For Handheld Devices System,’ is seen as a boost to the acceptance of the open standard by broadcast and telecommunications companies engaged in implementing Mobile TV services in the US.

On news of the announcement Peter MacAvock, Executive Director of the DVB Project said, “DVB-H is now a recognisable global success with announcements almost every day of DVB-H products and services. The TIA_s ratification of the specification as a standard is yet a further significant endorsement and will be seen as an important step in establishing DVB-H as the leading choice for Mobile TV implementers in the US.”

In 2004, DVB-H was formally adopted by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) as a standard (EN 302 304). Commercial DVB-H services are already on-air in Italy, and services have been announced for the US, Finland, Vietnam, France, Germany, Spain, Russia and South Africa before the end of 2007.

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