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US LTE trial shows way to mobile TV

By PETER WHITE

Published: 3 November, 2011

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A recent TV over 4G LTE mobile network trial in the US appears to have shown that broadcast quality 'HD like' services can be delivered successfully at bit rates that are now becoming available. This should help allay concerns that even LTE may not provide enough bandwidth for HD services. There are however a number of caveats. Firstly we should note use of the phrase 'HD like', which implies that the trial delivered an acceptable Quality of Experience to small devices including smartphones and possibly tablets, but not necessarily good enough for big screens.

Small devices are much more forgiving, with greater tolerance among users for observable artifacts and glitches such as frozen frames. So while the trial may represent a step forward for mobile TV, it does not establish that LTE can yet provide an alternative transmission medium to satellite, digital terrestrial, cable or IPTV for primary TV services.

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

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