Personal mobile TV is dead and buried

The APF aborts the TMP project after five years of battle with broadcast operators.


TMP is definitely stopped. The CSA has indeed removed the allocation of frequencies for the DVB - H standard concerning the personal Mobile television. March 5, 2007, this standard was established in France for broadcast in television (at the Rugby World Cup) in a project led by the CSA.

The Supervisory Board of audiovisual French then opted for TDF society who was in charge of technical as antenna infrastructure deployment and distribution network between television and digital distribution network.

Before the immobilization of TDF and the difficulties of deployment, the APF subsequently asked that an operator is designated to mount an offer of access. Virgin Mobile was the only proposed an alliance with TDF in May 2010, but this project was stopped in January 2011. Following the announcement of Virgin Mobile, TDF also stated that he stopped the costs and to désengageait project.

Sixteen television stations that have an authorization to broadcast on the DVB - H network have not found a new transport operator and eventually asked the CSA to end definitively to the project, with solutions of broadcast programmes via the 3 G for example. The frequencies in question will not be reused for the mobile network, too remote of the GSM standard, UMTS or the LTE. Three blocks of frequencies are therefore abandoned, the VHF - III (174-230 MHz), the UHF - IV and V (470-830 MHz) and L-band (1452-1492 MHz) which are already used by other standards of dissemination such as DVB - T and the T - DAB currently being at stake for the TNT.

Elsewhere in the world, this standard is also abandoned for the 3 G or 4 G to monetize access to digital content much more easily. Unless the B2M (Broadcast Mobile Multimedia) led by TDF can replace the TMP within a few years. In any case, the digital TV on mobile is available that by paying a supplementary package.


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