The Italian Ministry of Economic Development authorised the conversion of Mediaset’s DVB-H multiplex into a DVB-T mux.
There will not be a mobile TV service using the DVB-H standard in France, according to local reports. TDF now wants to use the capacity for a new B2M (Mobile Multimedia Broadcast) service.
Finland’s ministry of culture has given Digita permission to switch its DVB-H transmissions to the DVB-T2 standard.
In yet another blow to mobile TV using the DVB-H standard, Dutch operator KPN has decided to pull the plug out of its DVB-H Mobiel TV service from June, 1. KPN will use the freed up capacity for improvements to its Digitenne DTT platform.
The French media authority CSA remains optimistic about the prospects of mobile TV using the DVB-H transmission standard, but both operators and broadcasters are still reluctant to move.
Swisscom TV air has become the new mobile TV product from the Swiss incumbent, replacing its previous DVB-H service.
The number of mobile phone users in Italy accessing video content via their devices will climb to 5.1 million in 2015 and its revenues reach $685 million (€454.3 million), according to a report from Coda Research Consultancy.
Mobile TV on DVB-H networks is only progressing slowly, with one of the reasons cited being the lack of new mobile phones equipped with DVB-H tuners.
The German incumbent telco Deutsche Telekom plans to launch a mobile TV service using the DVB-H standard next year. It will be the country’s third attempt to launch a “Handy TV” network.