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In what is another great non-announcement for mobile TV in the US, the OMVC – the organization that is behind the new ATSC M/H mobile broadcast standa


Published: 6 January, 2011


In what is another great non-announcement for mobile TV in the US, the OMVC – the organization that is behind the new ATSC M/H mobile broadcast standard - says it will invite equipment vendors into its membership. Right now it needs all the momentum it can muster, since it constantly drifts out of the media eye. In our view ATSC M/H is the right way for cellular operators to go in delivering TV services to handsets, not streaming, but someone has to convince a US cellular operator of that soon, or the movement risks getting stale. If this is the most exciting announcement out of CES on mobile TV, then we will begin to worry.

New vendor members include the already committed Dell, Harris, LG Electronics, and Samsung. LG and Samsung originally developed the technology.

Google may be planning a dual-track strategy for Android tablets, with version 3.0 Honeycomb aimed at the high end running dual-core CPUs and high res screens and the existing Gingerbread version for low end products. Samsung was so frustrated at their slow arrival that it went with the Froyo release for its Galaxy Tab, opting for a 7 inch screen as much because the larger screens really need Honeycomb, as to differentiate it. Bobby Cha, managing director of Korean CE firm Enspert, told PC Magazine Honeycomb needs at least a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (like the Nvidia Tegra2 or the new Freescale platform). This would mean many current tablets would not be upgradeable to Honeycomb, as they will lack the processor power needed - which would explain why many firms, such as LG and Lenovo, have said they will wait for Honeycomb to launch tablets.

UK researcher Juniper says that advertising in mobile games will rocket to almost $900 million by 2015, a rise of ten times what it is today, from $87 million in 2010. This will be driven by increasing brand interest in mobile as an advertising channel, and apps – of which games are the dominant sector. The report says that games like Rovio’s Angry Birds are making a significant impact using in-game ads. Systems like Apple’s iAd will also begin to make a difference, which helps manage in-application advertising. Juniper says that games are being successfully deployed as marketing tools by brands, such as, Barclaycard and Volkswagen, providing new revenue opportunities for developers, such as Fishlabs and Firemint.

Funai Electric and ActiveVideo Networks said this week they will offer interactive TV services on Funai devices. Funai makes Philips, Emerson, Magnavox and Sylvania brand televisions and Blu-ray players. Under the agreement, Funai will integrate ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform into selected TV sets and Blu-ray models. ActiveVideo’s CloudTV leverages content stored and processed on the internet and delivered as a single, adaptable MPEG stream to the CE device, which uses an existing remote control to navigate the content. This approach, not dissimilar to that of TiVo, eliminates the need for tons of processing on the TV set, converting different formats and resolutions on the fly.

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