Nokia showcases mobile TV

Nokia joins Asian broadcasters and mobile operators to showcase "live" mobile TV and visual radio.

SINGAPORE--Nokia has tied up with Singapore's main television broadcaster and mobile operator MobileOne (M1) to offer "live" TV broadcasts island-wide.

Together with MediaCorp and M1, Nokia is showcasing mobile TV based on the DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld) standard, which combines traditional TV broadcast technology with the latest mobile-phone technology.

To receive the "live" TV broadcast, Nokia has paired the Nokia 7710 smartphone with a Nokia streamer, its first mobile DVB-H receiver created specifically for pilots and trials. Singapore operator M1 is providing network support for data traffic and other services during the week-long demonstrations.

Visitors to Nokia Connection from Jun. 13-15 and Broadcast Asia from Jun. 14-17 will be able to watch live simulcasts of MediaCorp channel ChannelNewsAsia and MediaCorp’s TV Mobile feed on the Nokia 7710.

In addition, Nokia and Hewlett-Packard have also announced that they will launch Visual Radio, a new service that adds interactive mobile content and services. Developed by Nokia and offered by HP, Visual Radio allows listeners to tune in to local FM radio via their mobile phone while simultaneously receiving interactive information and graphics that are synchronized with the broadcast. Text and graphics are delivered via the cellular network onto the screen of the mobile handset.

Nokia and HP will work with MediaCorp Radio and cellular network operator StarHub in Singapore, while the service will be offered by R.S. Promotion and TA Orange in Thailand.

In Singapore, Visual Radio will be available to users of the Nokia 7710, Nokia 3230, Nokia 6230i, Nokia 6270, and Nokia 6280 later this year, as well as the Nokia Nseries devices N70 and N91, which will be available in the second half of 2005.