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Mobile TV is dead - But LTE may revive it

By PETER WHITE

Published: 27 October, 2011

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Mobile TV has had as many false starts as an Olympic 100 meter sprint final, but Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology could change all that. LTE is one of two contenders for 4G mobile networks, the other being Wimax, although some wags call WiFi a third. It is true though that the proliferation of hot spots both public and private has made WiFi the main carrier for what could be called wireless TV, fuelled by the tablet boom. Meanwhile lack of coverage, capacity, and reliability, have restricted delivery of broadcast TV services to smart phones or tablets over current 3G networks, even if there is plenty of video snacking.

Now that the tablet is here as a presentable device for longer form TV viewing, it might seem that true mobile TV, as opposed to wireless TV within the home, might at last take off. But this will still only happen when acceptable quality and reliability can be delivered. Meanwhile contending technologies have come and gone, notably DVB-H, Qualcomm's MediaFlo in the US, along with various 3G-based services throughout Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. It should be noted though that some form of linear TV over mobile has succeeded in Japan and South Korea.

For a full analysis of this subject go to www.rethinkresearch.biz/faultine and order this week's Faultline issue.

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