Germany approves plan for TV on phones
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
German anti-monopoly authorities yesterday approved plans by mobile phone operators T-Mobile, O2 and Vodafone to create a joint technical platform to bring television to mobile phones. The three operators will work to develop broadcasts on the new European norm DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcasting for Handhelds, the authorities said in a statement. They could also buy programmes together, although they would be marketed separately.
While the agreement would limit the amount of competition between operators, they are obliged to respect a number of norms so that customers can choose freely between the operators.
The European Commission said in July it would include the DVB-H technology on its list of standards in order to encourage its use as a single standard across Europe.
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