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Lucky Optus customers trial Mobile TV

Mobile TV in Australia is a step closer to fruition with a live trial beginning in Sydney.

The DVB-H compatible Nokia N96(Credit: Nokia)

Mobile TV in Australia is a step closer to fruition with a live trial beginning in Sydney.

The trial is being conducted by Australian Digital Suppliers Industry Forum (ADSIF), a group including Optus, Nokia, LG and Broadcast Australia. A select group of lucky Optus customers will help conduct the trials, watching broadcasts from the Seven Network, ABC, SBS, Fox Sports, CNN and MTV.

ADSIF will be testing broadcasts using DVB-H, which to date is the most widely used broadcast standard for mobile handsets in parts of Europe and Asia. To broadcast using DVB-H content, suppliers are waiting for the Australian Government to allocate bandwidth on the 7MHz spectrum. ADSIF hopes a successful trial of this service will demonstrate the advantages of this service to the government.

DVB-H broadcasts are delivered to handsets the same way as traditional television broadcasts are delivered to TVs. This system does not rely on data transmission over the existing mobile networks and therefore has superior capacity, allowing more people to watch the same broadcast simultaneously.

For more detailed information about Mobile TV check out our recent feature.