To encourage greater adoption of broadcast mobile TV services and accelerate service deployment, Samsung and Nokia today announced they will work to achieve interoperability among their DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast – Handheld) enabled mobile devices and the open standards based Nokia network services system. The handset manufacturers will work together to support solutions based on the open OMA BCAST standard available for operator partners interested in deploying multi-vendor mobile TV services and trials in 2007 and onward.
“Within DVB-H technology, Samsung has already commercialized handsets based on the CBMS OSF standard, and will develop the OMA BCAST standard based mobile TV handset. Its inclusion in our product portfolios will enhance our customers’ flexibility in choosing suitable standards based on their business models,” said Kwang Suk Hyun, Senior Vice President of Alliance Team of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., in a prepared statement.
“We see that the OMA BCAST standard is essential in launching mobile TV services on a global scale,” said Harri Männistö, Director, Multimedia, Nokia. “Further, the well-defined service and content protection profiles within the OMA BCAST standard such as the already now available OMA DRM, provides the ideal path towards standardized solutions enabling a coherent and open market for successful worldwide mobile TV deployments.”