I've written a few columns in the past about the viability of TV on a handset. Whether this is something that consumers really want is still to be determined. But the only way to find out is to actually deploy it. We've seen some limited introductions here in the US, such as Verizon's V-Cast, which I was not a fan of. But the type of TV handset and component makers are discussing goes way beyond limited clips.
To help hasten the introduction of mobile digital TV, an open industry consortium has been formed. Aptly named the Mobile DTV Alliance (www.mdtvalliance.org), group includes an interesting mix of hardware, software, and handset manufacturers, including founders Intel, Microsoft, Modeo, Motorola, Nokia, and Texas Instruments, and ATI, Broadcom, DiBcom, Newport Media, and PacketVideo.
The alliance will focus on promoting the best practices and open standards to deliver premium-quality broadcast television to mobile devices in North America. The technology of choice for the alliance is DVB-H, which has received some level of acceptance here in the states. It incorporates OFDM air interface technology with good spectral efficiency, and immunity to multi-path fading.