Today I participated one of the guided tours on the booth. Our first station was mobile TV. To transmit TV content to mobile devices three different ways are shown. The DVB-H offers streaming content using appropriate mobile handhelds. Nokia Siemens Networks operates a full DVB-H infrastructure at the Barcelona exhibition, this is used by Nokia and Samsung to show the TV-capability of their handsets. And finally – there is only one DVB-H standard, which makes technology interchangeable throughout the world. Nokia Siemens Networks acts as an system integrator here.
Next to DVB-H, I watched a presentation of IP-TV and Unicast mobile TV, the other two ways for delivery of digital TV content. The strengh of the demonstration is the interactivity. The combination of Unicast and IP-TV leads to some interesting effects. Since the users interface is fairly similar (handheld and set top box), the user can program his set top box from his mobile device. Also it is possible to book a pay-per-view movie from the handheld, start watching it and continue the movie at home. Finally a nice way to fill out unused time travelling to work on the train. The latter solution also offers a two way exchange of content. Usually being defined as a receiver, the set top box or the handheld can also upload movie clips to a media sharing platform.