PTS successfully trials DVB-H services
The public service broadcaster PTS has completed its yearlong DVB-H trial with its partners mobile operators Chunghua Telecom, Taiwan Mobile and Fareastone, manufacturers Motorola and BenQ and software vendor Cyberlink.
The trial began in January 2007 and tested both technical and commercial aspects of mobile television.
During the commercial trial, 340 users could access such content as CNBC, ESPN, PTS, local news service TVBS-N and the mobile service Phone TV.
Users said they were willing to pay US$3.5 to $9 per month to access 20 television services. Over 50% of users would be willing to purchase DVB-H receivers in the next 6 to 12 months.
As a next step, the communications authority will need to issue invitations to tender for mobile TV licences.
According to the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union licences are expected to be issued in the second half of 2008 with services starting soon after.
Main source: Digitag, attributed to PTS
Item added: 29th January 2008