Spain delays the launch of DVB-H TV until 2010

From David Del Valle at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The commercial introduction of DVB-H mobile TV services in Spain will not take place until 2010, Minister of Industry Joan Clos, has revealed the at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “We hope that the regulation of the market is completed this year to pave the way for the development of the industry and make the (DVB-H mobile TV) services become a commercial reality in 2010”, the minister told Advanced-Television. Initially, 20 TV channels would be available through mobile devices in DVB-H and their launch will coincide with analogue switch off.

The Government failed to rule on the mobile TV market last year as initially planned. The delay is a new setback to the mobile TV industry that technologically is ready for the launch and whose main players have been carrying out DVB-H mobile TV pilots over the last two years.

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