MANHASSET, N.Y. — Nokia Inc. has announced a commercial service management solution for DVB-H services, the Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution 3.0, that supports the broadcasting of different types of digital content such as live TV, radio and video clips over DVB-H networks to mobile devices.
Key features of the MBS 3.0 include the Electronic Service Guide (ESG), a consumer interface in the mobile device for searching available services, setting alerts for upcoming programs and for the viewing selection. Additionally, the MBS 3.0 offers service protection, flexible content pricing schemes and enables consumers to easily purchase viewing rights.
Based on open standards such as DVB-H, MBS 3.0 fully implements the Open Air Interface (OAI) 1.0 implementation guidelines which Nokia published in August 2005 on its mobile TV website. The Open Air Interface specifies how mobile TV devices connect with the DVB-H network and the servers of the overall mobile TV service infrastructure. The OAI specification was published to enable multivendor interoperability in the mobile TV industry.
The MBS 3.0 offers mobile broadcast service providers a single platform that can serve several content providers. At the same time, it offers content providers a protected distribution channel to mobile users. Broadcasters get flexibility in defining the geographical distribution coverage and service bundles consisting of free-to-air, subscription based and pay-per-view services as well as setting pricing schemes.
In addition, MBS 3.0 supports mobile service providers in offering broadcast related e-commerce and interctive services. It also provides invoicing for prepaid cellular subscribers.
MBS 3.0 will be available in the first quarter of 2006. In 2006 Nokia will unveil a mobile TV device with in-built DVB-H capabilities.