Nokia, Samsung agree on mobile TV standard

Nokia and rival Samsung agreed to work jointly to boost open standards in mobile television, based on Nokia's favored DVB-H technology, a Reuters report said.

The Reuters report quoted a statement from Nokia as saying that the two handset makers wanted to encourage greater adoption of broadcast mobile TV services.

Mobile phone makers and mobile operators alike are keen to tap the potentially lucrative market in phones that receive television, but the take-up of services has been held back by fragmentation of the technologies on offer, the Reuters report said.

There are half a dozen competing systems, it added.

The report said Nokia and many other European industry players favor the home-grown DVB-H standard for their mobile phones, but competing technologies, including DMB and MediaFlo, have gained ground over recent months due to slow rollout of DVB-H networks.

Nokia said it and Samsung plan to make their DVB-H mobiles work with the same standards as the Nokia network services system, the report said.

They would work on using the OMA BCAST standard for mobile operators, the statement said.