TV gets a jump in mobile news race

MOBILE phone users may soon be able to watch live television anywhere, anytime, after trials began for digital video broadcasting to mobiles in Australia, the ABC reported.

The technology would mean users could view TV channels on the move, including news programs, at the same time as someone at home would see their TV through a set top box.

The footage would arrive ‘over the air’ rather than the current method of receiving some content, such as Test Cricket and V8 Supercars, which relies on downloads through the 3G network. No data package downloads would be required – users would simply have to tune in to their desired station.

Existing handsets are being used in the trial, the report said.

If the trials are successful, the development could place TV networks in pole position to satisfy the mobile audience’s thirst for news on the go ahead of rivals such as newspapers.

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