[opendtv] LG, Samsung unveil DVB-H, Media FLO phones

  • From: "Albert Manfredi" <bert22306@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:26:16 -0500

I think this article shows just how much of a hindrance
physical layer differences can be -- or not be. If CE
manufacturers put their mind to it, that is.


LG, Samsung unveil DVB-H, Media FLO phones

Sean Shim
(01/02/2006 8:59 AM EST)
URL: http://www.eetimes.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=175800374

SEOUL, South Korea ? Battling to preempt the world?s
mobile broadcasting-enabled phone market, LG Electronics
Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. simultaneously
announced Monday (Jan. 2) they have developed the first
handset models based on the DVB-H and Media FLO
mobile broadcasting standards.

LG said in a statement that it will unveil its DVB-H (digital
video broadcasting-handheld) and Media FLO (forward link
only) phones at the 2006 International Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) this week.

The DVB-H standard, developed by Nokia Corp, supports
wireless communications frameworks such as GSM, GPRS
and W-CDMA, which collectively cover 70 percent of the
global mobile telecommunications service market.

LG said that unlike the existing DVB-H terminals based on
so-called Smart Phone technology, its handset model
receives QVGA-level DVB-H broadcasting content.

It added its Media FLO phone was designed to satisfy the
Qualcomm-led Media FLO standard based on the
synchronous 3G mobile telecommunications technology,
dubbed CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO.

LG expected its Media FLO phone to get a boost in the
United States as Verizon Wireless, the second-biggest
mobile phone operator in the country, plans to launch
Media FLO-based broadcasting services in September.

Shortly after LG?s announcement, Samsung Electronics,
the world's third-largest handset maker, also said that it
has developed its own Media FLO phones, also based
on the CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO technology, and will
demonstrate them at CES.

Samsung claims that it has completed developing its
mobile handset line-up geared to all broadcasting

There are currently four mobile broadcasting standards
in the world? South Korea?s digital multimedia
broadcasting (DMB), Media FLO of the U.S., DVB-H of
Europe and Japan?s ISDB-T. The Japanese technology
is only for domestic use.

Leading the world?s mobile broadcasting services,
South Korea launched satellite and terrestrial DMB in
May and December, respectively, last year.

The two Korean mobile phone makers? neck-and-neck
competition reflects their aggressive move to make
inroads into the European and American markets
where mobile broadcasting services are poised to kick
off this year.

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