07 February 2006 -- The Hamburg Institute for
New Media (HAM) today announced an excellent reponse to the call
for interest in both operating and providing content for the DVB-H
"Handy-TV" pilot that will precede the commerical launch
of services in the northern part of Germany.
The call for interest in the use of frequencies for both DVB-H
and DMB was issued in December 2005, with a closing date of February
3rd. Seven companies expressed an interest in running the DVB-H
platform; fourteen broadcasters and content providers stated their
wish to be present on the platform. The Director of HAM, Dr. Lothar
Jene, indicated that DVB-H broadcasts should begin in Hamburg,
Berlin and Hannover within the next few months.
The following companies expressed an interest in running
the DVB-H platform:
-MFD Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland
-T-Systems Business Services
The following companies expressed an interest in providing
content for the DVB-H platform:
-Mobile Media on Air
-ProSiebenSat.1-group with programs Sat.1, ProSieben, Kabel 1,
N24, 9Live, Deutsches Wetter Fernsehen, Seven Senses
-Radio Business to Consumer
-RTL-group with programs RTL, Super RTL, VOX, RTL Interactive,
-n-tv, RTL II
The corresponding lists for a parallel call for interest relating
to a service based on the DMB standard included four companies
wishing to run the platform and four wishing to provide content.
The full press release is available in German at www.ham-online.de.
(We provide an English translation here.)