While mobile TV technologies like MediaFLO, DVB-H and DMB have rarely entered into the IPTV discussion, the SD Card Association released a report today that found the growth in DVR functionalities for mobile TV services in Japan running on these technologies will more than double in the next year. The SDA said 5 million Japanese mobile TV viewers, who already have the ability to record broadcast mobile TV programming with SD High-Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory cards will increase to 12 million mobile TV viewers in 2007. The SDA says currently thirteen handset models feature SD recording technologies, while 75 percent of mobile phones in Japan have SD slots.
Of course, with time-shifting comes understandable concerns over security, but the SDA says SDHC and SD cards have built-in specs for copy protection rights management (CPRM). -Brian