PacketVideo (PV) Mobile Broadcast Receiver Delivers New TV Services to Existing HandsetsMonday, February 11th, 2008
Matchbox-sized Device Demonstrated at Mobile World Congress
BARCELONA, Spain — Eliminating a major obstacle to launching mobile broadcast services, PacketVideo (PV), a subsidiary of NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ:WAVE), this week is demonstrating its patented new pocketable mobile broadcast receiver that turns WiFi-enabled phones and personal media players into mobile TVs. PV will introduce this new device at its stand, #1C09, at the Mobile World Congress, held here Feb. 11 – 14.
Expands Market Potential of Mobile TV Services at Launch
PV’s mobile receiver device decodes a digital TV signal and repurposes it for use on the phone, sending it via a wireless signal, such as WiFi, to a playback device. The receiver uses specific, patented protocols to ensure optimum rendering of the TV signal on the playback device, and provides secure access to premium channels. This allows mobile subscribers to upgrade to advanced mobile TV services without changing their current handset.
The mobile broadcast receiver will be available in versions for all major mobile broadcast standards, including TDtv, DVB-H and MediaFLO as well as for WiMAX. The device can also be customized with the operator’s badge or branding for the retail market. The mobile broadcast receiver is compatible with many industry-leading phones including the Nokia N-series, Apple iPhone and HTC Smartphone devices.
PV’s mobile broadcast receiver features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and the glowing LED on/off button has a color-changing halo that reflects the level of battery charge.
“Removing the barrier of upgrading to an entirely new handset will significantly accelerate the adoption of mobile broadcast services by mainstream consumers,” said PV CEO James C. Brailean, Ph.D. “It’s our mission as a multimedia software innovator to discover new ways to help our operator customers deploy services faster, with the best possible user experience and minimal disruption to their existing network. PV’s mobile broadcast receiver device does just that.”
PV’s mobile broadcast receiver measures 6.4 cm wide by 1.8 cm high x 4 cm deep. It will be available later this year.