KPN Netherlands initiates Mobile TV

MUMBAI: Netherlands's telecommunication player KPN has today started its first field trials of interactive digital television on a mobile device. KPN is holding the trials together with partners Nozema Services and Digitenne.

Broadcasters including SBS6, BBC World, NOS 24 uur journaal, Nederland 2 and MTV will provide initial programming for the trials.

The first phase will see KPN testing various technical aspects of the service provisioning. An extensive practical trial with a few hundred users will follow later in the year. With this new application you will be able to watch ordinary television programs in 'real time' and in excellent quality on your mobile phone, just as if you were at home on the sofa.

The same infrastructure which KPN and Digitenne are using for digital TV will be used for the distribution of digital television to mobile phones. These services are broadcast using DVB-T technology. Images will be compressed to mobile phone format using DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld) technology, the standard for television on mobile equipment. The trial is based on Nokia's mobile TV solution, including network systems and the Nokia 7710 media device, equipped with a special DVB-H receiver, will be used during the trials.

During the trials, KPN will actively test the interactive possibilities with digital TV on a mobile device. This will enable users to do things like downloading an mp3 or purchase a ringtone when watching the latest music video clip.

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