Motorola Does DVB-H



Motorola on Thursday introduced a mobile media player that shows live television using the DVB-H standard.

The device, which will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, is pocket-sized with a 4.3 inch video screen. Motorola’s new DHO1 device is compatible with the DVB-H standard, however.

The DVB-H standard is backed by No. 1 cell phone maker Nokia and European regulators but not compatible with Qualcomm’s Mobile TV standard, MediaFLO, backed by Verizon and AT&T in the United States. MediaFLO uses the 700 MHz frequency spectrum (716-722MHz), which was previously allocated to UHF TV Channel 55.

AT&T bought Aloha Partner’s spectrum on Channel 54 and 59, this summer. Aloha Partners previously said they would use those channels for DVB-H, but AT&T has been non-committal about whether it will use the frequencies for mobile tv or 2-way voice. AT&T has committed to Qualcomm’s MediaFLO for Cingular’s mobile TV service.

Also up for auction this month is Channel 56 (Block “E”), which will also likely to be used for Mobile TV. If the buyer adopts MediaFLO on Channel 56, then the DVB-H standard would likely be effectively dead in the United States.

In other Motorola news, the company announced their CPEi 100, a WiMAX client for consumers (left). It is designed to sit on a desktop and serve as the interface between a computer and the WiMAX network.

The CPEi 100 is a single data port, 2.5 GHz “plug-and-play” WiMAX solution that delivers wireless broadband. Both Sprint’s XOHM and Clearwire say they will support Motorola’s Mobile WiMAX gear.

Motorola’s wi4 WiMAX solutions are designed to support fixed, portable, nomadic and mobile applications. They are part of Motorola’s MOTOwi4 portfolio of solutions.

Motorola says they currently have 15 WiMAX contracts and more than 57 WiMAX engagements in 38 countries worldwide, including 44 active trials. Motorola also plans to unveil new television set-top boxes at CES.

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