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Third Player Enters Mobile TV Game

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Apr 24, 2006, 12:51 PM   by (staff)

Updated. Another coalition of companies has announced it will build out a mobile TV broadcast network today. Hiwire will set up service broadcasting DVB-H TV in the 700 MHz spectrum. Hiwire is a venture between Aloha Partners, one of the largest 700 MHz spectrum holders in the US, SES Americom and a number of former cable executives. The service will use Aloha's spectrum to broadcast to handsets while SES Americom's satellites will provide the feeds to the ground stations. Last year Aloha Partners received permission from the FCC to begin offering wireless broadband using its spectrum and has begun testing high-speed internet in a few markets, in addition to today's mobile TV announcement. Hiwire will begin testing their service in Las Vegas later this fall, a channel lineup has not yet been determined. Crown Castle's Modeo will also use DVB-H technology to broadcast TV.

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Apr 24, 2006, 1:00 PM

and what phone supports this spectrum...?

Why would they choose to broadcast in the 700 MHz range? What phone supports this? Seems like a lot of work when you can just get streaming TV off UMTS/EVDO.
new phones are coming (like the htc foreseer we previewed at ctia), which will support some mobile tv provider's service. all services (modeo, mediaflo and hiwire) are all in the 700 mhz range.
First of all this will be much better than what's out currently because there won't be any buffering, yeh to that! ! !
Handsets will be available supporting the 700mhz band when the network is complete, and testing is finished, possibly this time nex...
It doesn't require data, so video signals will be much better then relying on a data feed.
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