Chip-Makers Lead Mobile DTV Alliance

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Intel Corp., Modeo LLC, Motorola Inc., Nokia Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. have formed the Mobile DTV Alliance to promote the growth and evolution of broadcast-digital-TV reception on mobile devices.

The announcement was made in Las Vegas Monday during the National Association of Television Programming Executives conference, the annual TV-programming bazaar where syndication programming is bought and sold.

The group supports mobile digital TV’s underlying technical standard -- the Digital Video Broadcasting-Handheld (DVB-H) specifications -- and aims to hasten development of the technology among silicon providers, handset makers and broadcasters. Mobile handsets with DVB-H technology will be able to receive live TV programming.

“With our unencumbered U.S. spectrum rights and significant broadcast experience, Modeo is well-positioned to deliver a DVB-H broadband network that will give U.S. consumers a superior mobile-television experience delivered through DVB-H-enabled portable devices,” Modeo president Michael Schueppert said in a prepared statement.