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Nokia, Motorola to cooperate on mobile video

The cell phone heavyweights agree to promote a broadcast standard for mobile TV.

The world's two largest mobile manufacturers have agreed to collaborate on mobile TV.

Motorola and Nokia announced on Monday they will be working together to promote DVB-H (digital video broadcasting--handheld), one standard used for broadcast mobile TV, with a view to interoperability between all their relevant hardware and services.

The pair have also thrown their collective weight behind DVB-IPDC (digital video broadcasting--Internet Protocol device control) standardization efforts.

DVB-H is just one of many competing standards of mobile TV being tested in markets around the world. Other standards include DAB-IP (digital audio broadcasting--Internet Protocol), used by BT and Virgin Mobile, and MediaFlo, the Qualcomm standard being pilot-tested by Sky Broadcasting's Sky Link.

DVB-H is thought by many industry watchers to be the standard that will eventually prevail--a prediction that likely will be given more weight in light of Monday's announcement. According to research company Informa, more than 50 million DVB-H devices will be sold in 2010.

Analyst firm Gartner has predicted that one in 10 mobile-service customers will be watching TV via a mobile in 2009.

Jo Best of reported from London.