Obstacle to DVB-H launch
A group consisting of Vodafone, T-mobile and O2 have been working towards the nationwide launch of a DVB-H bouquet of 16 channels in spring 2008, but these plans are to be investigated by the German competition authority Bundeskartellamt.
The investigation could result in the blocking of the new joint offer on the grounds that only three of the four mobile operators are involved. Previously e-Plus was also part of the consortium but pulled out.
One mobile operator, Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland (MFD) in Germany is already offering a commercial 4-channel TV bouquet (plus radio) using DMB but this is not nationwide.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 15th May 2007