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Mobile companies endorse common mobile TV implementation

Common implementation profile defined within the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum ensures service interoperability and economies of scale for Mobile TV devices

Digitenne, Ericsson, KPN, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks, NXP Semiconductors, Sony Ericsson, Telefónica, O2 Europe, T-Mobile, Vodafone and ZTE today announced their support for a Mobile TV implementation profile developed within the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum (bmcoforum). The profile simplifies the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Mobile Broadcast Services Enabler Suite (BCAST) specification for fast implementations ensuring interoperability and future proofing further developments.

The three main features supported by this profile are:

1. Advanced service and program guide (ESG) enabling a rich set of services

2. Support for multiple broadcast technologies

3. Support for content and service protection, using the Smart Card Profile (based on (U)SIM Card) or the DRM Profile (based on OMA DRM V2.0)

Support for DVB-H broadcast networks and cellular systems, as well as the 3G Mobile Broadcast Service (MBMS), are benefits of the OMA-BCAST specification. This allows companies to extend current business models and broaden current and future Mobile TV services. As a result, operators will be able to offer customers more choice in watching TV on their handset.

The bmcoforum OMA BCAST implementation profile ensures the best possible interoperability between the handsets and broadcast systems, providing customers with a smooth Mobile TV experience, and allowing large scale handset development.

It is the firm belief that such a profile will speed up large scale Mobile TV deployments in Europe

The profile defined by bmcoforum is the first implementation subset of the feature rich Mobile Broadcast Services Enabler Suite 1.0 (OMA BCAST 1.0) developed by the Open Mobile Alliance.

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