Projekt DVB-H Norddeutschland

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:
-E-Plus Mobilfunk
-MFD Mobiles Fernsehen Deutschland
-NEVA Media
-O2 Germany
-T-Mobile Deutschland
-T-Systems Business Services
-Vodafone D2

The following companies expressed an interest in providing content for the DVB-H platform:
-Hamburg 1
-HSE 24
-Mobile Media on Air
-Norddeutscher Rundfunk
-Oldie 95
-Premiere Fernsehen
-ProSiebenSat.1-group with programs Sat.1, ProSieben, Kabel 1, N24, 9Live, Deutsches Wetter Fernsehen, Seven Senses
-Radio Business to Consumer
-Radio Hamburg
-RTL-group with programs RTL, Super RTL, VOX, RTL Interactive,
-n-tv, RTL II
-RTL Radio
-Truck Radio

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 (We provide an English translation here.)


The five Northern States (Laender) of Germany – Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein. First services are planned in the cities of Hamburg and Hannover.
Subsequently, a stepwise full service rollout is envisaged in the area formed by the five States.

Regulatory Bodies: The State Media Authorities – HAM, brema, LRZ, NLM, ULR
Cellular Network Operators: Vodafone, T-Mobile, E-Plus, O2
Broadcast Network Operator: T-Systems
Content Providers/Broadcasters: Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Radio Bremen et al.
Additional content providers, service providers and manufacturers are invited to join the initiative.
Start of the demonstration phase in parallel to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany
Start of full services following this event
- Establish the preconditions for the commercial DVB-H introduction
- Technology verification and demonstration
- Business case verification
- Faciliate a rapid market introduction
- Provide regular services like TV programs and further audiovisual offers as of 2007
More information will follow as soon as it is available.
Information correct as of 07/02/2006



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