Verizon Considering DVB-H for Live TV
Oct 5, 2005, 1:55 PM by (staff)
An analyst citing insider sources claimed this week that Verizon Wireless has chosen Crown Castle's forthcoming DVB-H network to offer live TV service early next year. Crown Castle owns over 10,000 tower sites nationwide, as well as 5 MHz of national spectrum near 1670 MHz for the service. Crown Castle and Nokia have already conducted a successful trial of the technology in Pittsburgh, and expect to launch in up to 30 markets within two years. The service will reportedly offer up to 16 channels of live video at 20 frames per second. Verizon's VCast video service currently offers only prerecorded clips - not live TV - due to spectrum and capacity concerns. Both VCast and Crown Castle's service are based on Microsoft's Windows Media technology. Verizon choosing DVB-H could be a major blow for Qualcomm's competing MediaFLO offering.
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I think I'll wait until the press release
Cingular already has live TV...
I am sick of Verizon always relying on other companies
I visited korea and korea had a similar service. I heard that SKtelecom, one of the companies that are providing the recent CDMA technology had fired a satelite for TV service. I believe it is called DMB. I saw the quality of the channels and they are just like direct tv! they also work in subways and basements!
I hope Verizon service's service is as good as the one i got to exerience in korea. I am sooo excited to see DVB-H
I love seeing Pittsburgh getting something first.
I love it too. Kinda reminds me of the days in the late 90's when Pittsburgh got all of the newest cell phones first because we were rated the...