DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast – Handheld) is a mobile broadcast technology that allows for the digital terrestrial broadcast of live television channels to a mobile phone. Years ago, DVB-H was the buzz for mobile television, but only a few mobile manufacturers got on board the train years ago. And only Nokia and ZTE kept the pace going long after others had walked away. But with the death of Symbian, even Nokia has abandoned the technology and no longer makes DVB-H phones.
What I am wondering is why the technology is not being seen on more devices, perhaps especially on devices like tablets that lend themselves better to multimedia consumption. At the moment, users who want mobile TV service on their tablets and smartphones have to buy a plug-in accessory e.g. like DStv’s Drifta or Nokia’s SU-33W to do so. Drifta itself is a DVB-H device, so the technology is very much alive. Drifta receives a DVB-H signal, then channels it to your device via Wi-Fi or USB. Long journey. Why not just put the technology directly in those devices?
While subscribers on mobile broadband services can stream television shows, the beauty of DVB-H is that it does not use a data plan. Simply subscribe to the service and enjoy available TV stations without a care about data consumption.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.