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While still primarily in trial status, DVB-H transmissions are on roadmaps of European nations. In Italy, for example, Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) and a media group known as Mediaset are planning to broadcast live television to mobile phones as soon as next year. Three TV channels in all will be broadcast, focusing primarily on sports—soccer especially. And in France, CSA, a broadcast regulator, has given its approval for four trials of TV broadcasting to mobile receivers in Paris, three of which will use DVB-H and the fourth T-DMB.
The U.S. is getting into the game as well. Verizon Wireless recently announced plans to broadcast live TV to mobile phones early next year. But the wireless company will not be using its own cellular network. Verizon will use the 1.6 Ghz DVB-H system developed by Crown Castle, a wireless infrastructure company that has been testing DVB-H in partnership with Nokia in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Intel is also working with Crown Castle and DiBcom to demonstrate mobile broadcast TV functionality on Centrino and XScale platforms.