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    Mobile Digital TV Standard Adopted in the U.S.A.

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    Late last night, around midnight if you really must know, the ATSC (aka the Advanced Television Systems Committee) ratified the A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard which “defines the technical specifications necessary for broadcasters to provide new services to mobile and handheld devices using their digital television (DTV) transmissions.”

    In other words, digital TV will soon be playing on mobile handsets all across the U.S. of A.

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    The new services for mobile and handheld devices are carried along with current DTV services without any adverse impact on legacy receiving equipment. ATSC Mobile DTV was developed to support a variety of services including free (advertiser-supported) television and interactive services delivered in real-time, subscription-based TV, and file-based content download for playback at a later time. The standard can also be used for transmission of new data broadcasting services.

    This is sort of a bittersweet moment for me. TV watching has heretofore always been a specific location-based activity, i.e. your family room, a sports pub, a friend’s house, etc. Thus, if you wanted to watch the boob tube, you simply found your way to one of these spots. If you weren’t in the mood for some tele, you could just go for a walk in the park, take a drive around the town, or curl up with a book in a different room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srl7741 View Post

    Late last night, around midnight if you really must know, the ATSC (aka the Advanced Television Systems Committee) ratified the A/153 ATSC Mobile DTV Standard which “defines the technical specifications necessary for broadcasters to provide new services to mobile and handheld devices using their digital television (DTV) transmissions.”

    In other words, digital TV will soon be playing on mobile handsets all across the U.S. of A.

    More specifically:

    The new services for mobile and handheld devices are carried along with current DTV services without any adverse impact on legacy receiving equipment. ATSC Mobile DTV was developed to support a variety of services including free (advertiser-supported) television and interactive services delivered in real-time, subscription-based TV, and file-based content download for playback at a later time. The standard can also be used for transmission of new data broadcasting services.

    This is sort of a bittersweet moment for me. TV watching has heretofore always been a specific location-based activity, i.e. your family room, a sports pub, a friend’s house, etc. Thus, if you wanted to watch the boob tube, you simply found your way to one of these spots. If you weren’t in the mood for some tele, you could just go for a walk in the park, take a drive around the town, or curl up with a book in a different room.

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    Unfortunatly this will not run on those networks running 3g or less. The network system less than 3g simply could not handle the packet data loads on their networks. This will leave it open to the top providers. Will it come free. NO! this is a business and fees will be accessed to add the service. Major wireless companies are way ahead of the curve and know what is commingyears in advance.

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    It's still nice to know there is a standard in place. Remember the HD DVD vs BlueRay DVD politices. It took 2 years before that was over. Having a Standard in place will help the vendors deliver to it's consumers quicker. Now if we can just get the carriers to improve we may be in business.

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    It's not dependant on our current Cell Phone carrier's network. Below is a little better explanation of what it takes to receive it on the phones.

    If you're able to watch TV on your iPhone or iPod touch right now, you're probably having something streamed to your handheld device. That may change -- your phone may soon be equipped with a digital TV tuner to pick up the signals sent out by your local stations.

    The Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC) announced on Friday that they've agreed on a standard that will let local TV stations broadcast directly to mobile devices on their existing frequencies. The devices that can be equipped to pick up the ATSC Mobile DTV signals include mobile phones, laptops, handheld TVs, and even in-vehicle digital TVs.

    ATSC Mobile DTV will be completely different from the existing services provided by AT&T and Verizon, which are pay-for-view services streaming national content. With ATSC Mobile DTV, you'd be able to watch local newscasts as well as network TV that is broadcast in your area.

    The signal is carried alongside regular digital TV broadcasts using Vestigial Sideband modulation and the IP transport system. ATSC Mobile DTV can send H.264 video and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding Version 2 (HE AAC v2) audio and support interactive and subscription-based TV.

    I want my Mobile DTV! Here's hoping that the next generation of iPhones, iPod touches, and future iTablets can receive ATSC Mobile DTV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srl7741 View Post
    It's not dependant on our current Cell Phone carrier's network. Below is a little better explanation of what it takes to receive it on the phones.

    If you're able to watch TV on your iPhone or iPod touch right now, you're probably having something streamed to your handheld device. That may change -- your phone may soon be equipped with a digital TV tuner to pick up the signals sent out by your local stations.

    The Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC) announced on Friday that they've agreed on a standard that will let local TV stations broadcast directly to mobile devices on their existing frequencies. The devices that can be equipped to pick up the ATSC Mobile DTV signals include mobile phones, laptops, handheld TVs, and even in-vehicle digital TVs.

    ATSC Mobile DTV will be completely different from the existing services provided by AT&T and Verizon, which are pay-for-view services streaming national content. With ATSC Mobile DTV, you'd be able to watch local newscasts as well as network TV that is broadcast in your area.

    The signal is carried alongside regular digital TV broadcasts using Vestigial Sideband modulation and the IP transport system. ATSC Mobile DTV can send H.264 video and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding Version 2 (HE AAC v2) audio and support interactive and subscription-based TV.

    I want my Mobile DTV! Here's hoping that the next generation of iPhones, iPod touches, and future iTablets can receive ATSC Mobile DTV.

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