Monday, October 08, 2007

Ipod Touch and N-77

Nokia has finally started shipping its N77 DVB-H enabled device in its homeland of Finland, the company has announced today. I saw prototypes of the device in Barcelona at the 3GSM World Congress, but it seemed that YLE, the Finnish broadcaster had delayed the roll-out of DVB-H for some reason. Some sets will also be on their way to India (Doordashan is providing content) and Vietnam , two other countries where DVB-H is gaining friends. Nokia predicts the mobile TV market will reach between 5 and 10 million handsets globally by the end of 2008 and around 20 million handsets by the end of 2009. ~ The jury is still out over which technology will be widely adopted by operators to drive mobile television.

I must confess, I have been impressed with the quality of video on the i-Pod touch using wifi to connect to the Internet. Of course, the range of content is limited because only quicktime is supported, but what is there is superb. Downloaded the TED videos. I wonder if Apple will go for DVB-H as a broadcast platform for content?
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