Qualcomm has announced the successful completion of a second mobile TV trial of its MediaFLO system with BSkyB. The trial took place in Manchester at the end of last year and featured BSkyB content delivered to non-commercial devices. It follows a similar trial that took place in Cambridge in the summer of 2006.
According to Qualcomm the Manchester trial corroborated the results of the Cambridge tests of the MediaFLO System, including channel switching time, the effectiveness of MediaFLO statistical multiplexing and carrier to noise performance. Qualcomm was looking to compare the performance of MediaFLO with competitive technologies, notably DVB-H.
BSkyB has previously participated in the Oxford DVB-H trials and operates a Sky by Mobile service, including video clips and live streaming, on the UK’s 3G operators.