Third time lucky for mobile TV service in Germany?

22 Sep 2009

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom (DT) plans to launch a mobile TV service using the DVB-H standard in 2010, writes Broadband TV News, citing local press. The German incumbent’s mobile unit T-Mobile is currently in talks with Mobile Broadcast over the rollout of a network of DVB-H transmitters, although the report adds that DT does not yet want to confirm plans and is studying all possibilities.

Two previous attempts to launch a mobile TV service in Germany have failed; in May 2008 a regional service using the DMB standard ceased operations, while in the following August Mobile 3.0, a joint venture between Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland (MFD) and Neva Media which won a licence to operate the DVB-H platform in January 2008, shut down operations and returned its permit after mobile operators refused to sell handsets equipped for DVB-H reception. T-Mobile already owns the mobile TV rights for the German football Bundesliga, which it currently distributes on its UMTS network.