Consuming videos on a mobile device has become the norm. However it’s not everyday you come across someone viewing live TV on a handheld device. Nokia has today aimed to close that gap in the market with the announcement of its new Mobile TV service that will be pushed out through an application from Ovi Store, and the Nokia Mobile TV Headset which sports a built in DVB-H Receiver. Hit the jump for the press release.
The Nokia Mobile TV Headset, DVB-H, is all you need to turn your mobile device into a portable television. Anywhere there’s mobile DVB-H (Digital Video Broadband – Handset) coverage, you can tune into sports events or TV shows and watch them without worrying about an Internet connection. DVB-H is also kinder to your battery life than Web TV solutions.
The headset handles call reception and volume in a similar way to other mobile headsets, so you won’t miss calls while you’re watching the game. It also features keys for changing channels and music controls for the player on your handset. There’s an app called Mobile TV available for compatible handsets. It’s either pre-installed on new devices or it can be downloaded from the Ovi Store.
The Mobile TV Headset works well with the forthcoming Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices that feature USB-on-the-go. It is expected to cost €40 EUR before taxes and will appear in Q4 2010. Check carefully with local dealers before you buy though, as while it is expanding, DVB-H coverage is still patchy in many countries. Licensing issues and lack of frequency availability have stalled many projects, though there do appear to be working services in the Netherlands, Russia, New Delhi and Helsinki, for example.Tags | Accessories, Applications, Breaking News, Connectivity, DVB-H, Headset, Mobile TV, Mobile TV Headset, N8, Nokia, Ovi Store, Press Release, Symbian, Symbian^3, TV, USB On-The-Go, Video