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Companies line up against AT&T to block FLO TV spectrum purchase

The big wireless players may not be making any fuss yet, but a group of smaller carriers, organizations and Dish Network Corp. have filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission to block AT&T Mobility's purchase of 700 MHz spectrum from Qualcomm Inc.Cellular South Inc.,...

DVB-H anointed in Europe: U.S. players choose competing standard MediaFLO

The European Commission has formally adopted Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld (DVB-H) technology as the standard for mobile television throughout the European Union's 27 member states.The move was entirely expected despite objections from three of the EU's most powerful members, some of whom where calling...

MediaFLO alone on top in mobile broadcast TV

The domestic broadcast mobile TV space has gone from three potential providers to one in less than three months.AT&T Mobility's announcement last week to pay $2.5 billion in cash for Aloha Partners L.P.'s 700 MHz spectrum portfolio likely signaled an end for its HiWire...

The Week in Review

Welcome to our Friday feature, Week in Review. Every Friday, RCR Wireless News runs through the major events of the past week, outlining what happened and speculating on what to look for in the coming weeks, months and years. Check below for news about...

AT&T Mobility acquires Aloha’s 700 MHz spectrum for $2.5B: MediaFLO deal unaffected

AT&T Mobility said it will pay $2.5 billion in cash for all of Aloha Partners L.P.'s 700 MHz spectrum, apparently signaling Aloha's exit from the mobile broadcast space.AT&T, which said it remains committed to using Qualcomm Inc.'s MediaFLO network for multimedia wireless broadcasts, said...

REVIEW: HiWire’s DVB-H trial looks ready for prime time

Editor's Note: Welcome to Yay or Nay, a feature for RCR Wireless News' new weekly e-mail service, Mobile Content and Culture. Every week we'll review a new wireless application or service from the user's point of view, with the goal of highlighting what works...

HiWire’s Aloha expands 700 MHz spectrum portfolio

Aloha Partners L.P., the parent company of broadcast mobile TV outlet HiWire L.L.C., entered into an agreement to purchase 32 lower 700 MHz licenses from LIN TV Corp. for $32.5 million in cash.The acquisition will boost the company's portfolio to more than 270 licenses...

TV STAR: Clearwire, ICO partner for satellite-based mobile TV service

CLEARWIRE CORP. AND ICO GLOBAL Communications Ltd. are trying something new with broadcast mobile TV. The two Craig McCaw-backed companies are collaborating on a new mobile TV trial that will use satellites to broadcast directly to mobile devices.The trial marks the first time mobile...

Mobile TV space set for technology war: DVB-H seen making strong international strides

Digtial video broadcast-handheld technology appears to be securing its place as the No. 1 broadcast mobile television technology. The technology has scored at least 47 trials in 22 countries, according to the DVB Project.Twelve of those trials have been completed, and at least eight...

Clearwire to partner with ICO on mobile TV trial

Broadcast mobile TV technology DVB-H scored another point stateside as Clearwire Corp. announced it has agreed to use the technology as it collaborates on a new mobile TV trial with ICO Global Communications Ltd.The trial, which is set to begin early next year in...

High hopes: HiWire trial in Las Vegas looks promising

LAS VEGAS-Less than two months into a broadcast mobile TV service trial, HiWire L.L.C. has wrapped the first phase of its study and is now preparing to increase its scope by 800% before month's end.T-Mobile USA Inc., which has signed on with the Aloha...

Short-form may be long-tail for mobile video

It appears the case has been made for mobile TV. The big question now is, what do on-the-go users want to watch? Once a questionable proposition even for early adopters, wireless video is quickly moving into the mainstream. Dedicated mobile broadcast networks and 3G...

VCs may use Modeo spectrum for music

CROWN CASTLE INTERNATIONAL CORP. cut its losses in mobile video last week, agreeing to lease its Modeo L.L.C.'s nationwide spectrum for a dedicated mobile broadcast network to a pair of venture capital firms. What will become of that spectrum, though, is far from clear....

Three enter, two come out

And now it seems the mobile TV market is down to two.Last week Crown Castle closed its Modeo mobile TV business, leasing the company's 1600 MHz spectrum to a pair of venture capitalists. It's unclear what exactly Telcom Ventures and Columbia Capital plan to...

Modeo’s competitors keep eye on prize

The big three in broadcast mobile TV has been cut to two rather unceremoniously with Crown Castle International Corp. bailing on its Modeo L.L.C. business before it really even got its feet wet in the mobile TV space.Modeo, one of only two DVB-H providers...

Crown Castle bails from mobile TV effort, Modeo’s fate unclear

Crown Castle International Corp. is spinning off its Modeo business, agreeing to lease Modeo's nationwide spectrum for a dedicated mobile broadcast network to a pair of venture capital firms.The Houston-based tower company said it will rent the spectrum for $13 million a year to...

HiWire, Modeo struggle to find partners: Meanwhile, MediaFLO prepares to turn on mobile TV with AT&T

MediaFLO USA Inc. is locking up high-profile content deals and shifting into overdrive as it nears its service launch with AT&T Mobility. Meanwhile, its would-be competitors remain in idle as they work to lock up their first carrier customers.While the subsidiary of Qualcomm Inc....

Mobile TV market feels growing pains: Challenges show progress of industry

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif.-Who is watching mobile TV and video? Whoever holds the answer will find a lot of interest among mobile TV providers, broadcasters, TV networks, film studios and advertisers.Data on TV viewership has been a staple in the entertainment industry for decades, but...

Mobile TV firms scramble to measure viewership

Rentrak, a company that measures TV viewing, announced a deal with mobile television provider Hiwire that calls for Rentrak to measure mobile TV viewing. The trial will take place in Las Vegas this summer, the companies said.The partnership represents one of the first efforts...

ABC delves into wireless with Sprint Nextel deal

Mobile subscribers' options for video and TV programming continue to bloom as spring takes hold. The latest: The Disney-ABC Television Group announced a new channel at Sprint Nextel Corp. for its news and entertainment video programming from ABC Entertainment, ABC News and Disney Channel.The...

TV broadcasters aim for mobile standard

LAS VEGAS-Rather than ceding control of the mobile TV market to the nation's wireless carriers, nine U.S. TV broadcast groups have formed an industry alliance called the Open Mobile Video Coalition to speed the development and standardization of a mobile variant for digital broadcast...

Nokia, Samsung to cooperate on mobile TV phones

To accelerate adoption of DVB-H-based mobile TV services, Nokia Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will work on interoperability of their devices that run on that standard, the two companies announced.The vendors will work in tandem to support solutions based on the OMA BCAST...

Mobile TV viewers may get another channel: Harris, LG technology allows broadcasters to target portable devices

Another technology designed to get people to watch TV beyond the living room is getting ready for its close-up. Mobile-Pedestrian-Handheld technology, or MPH, is an in-band mobile digital television system set to debut later this month at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in...

Mobile TV check up

ORLANDO, Fla.-Mobile television is still in its infancy-mostly gaining traction among early adopters and primarily young men-but the subscriber base has more than doubled from 3 million to about 7 million users in the past year, Kanishka Agarwal, vice president of mobile media at...

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