LONDON – Mobile TV chip vendor Telegent Systems Inc., founded in 2004, has announced that it shipped its 100 millionth mobile TV receiver in November 2010.
Handsets that include Telegent's technology, enabled to receive free-to-air broadcast TV in mobile devices, have been adopted by consumers in emerging markets around the world, including Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and India.
The company's customers include Samsung, ZTE, Tianyu and more than one hundred other design houses and original equipment manufacturers in Taiwan and China, Telegent (Sunnyvale, Calif.) said. Telegent is sampling a hybrid ISDB-T/analog mobile TV receiver that enables both digital and analog TV reception in handsets, targeting users in Latin America.
"Consumers value having daily access to live broadcast programs such as news, sports and other entertainment during their commute, breaks at work or while at home," said Ford Tamer, chief executive officer of Telegent, in a statement.
"Free-to-air mobile TV receivers continue to dominate the mobile TV landscape through 2014, with analog mobile TV accounting for half of industry shipments," said Will Strauss, principal analyst at Forward Concepts (Tempe, Ariz.) in the same statement. "We estimate annual shipments in 2014 at 198 million units, with three mobile TV standards emerging as the volume leaders – analog, ISDB-T1 and CMMB."
Telegent CEO Tamer predicted that interactive services will increasingly be integrated with mobile TV viewing, opening up revenue opportunities for operators, broadcasters and service providers.
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