Mobile TV: A Technical And Economic Comparison Of Broadcast, Multicast And Unicast Alternatives And The Implications For Cable (2008)

By Michael Eagles, UPC Broadband and Tim Burke, Liberty Global Inc.

The growth of mobile user terminals suitable for multi-media consumption, combined with emerging mobile multi-media applications and the increasing capacities of wireless technology, provide a case for understanding facilities-based mobile broadcast, multicast and unicast technologies as a complement to fixed line broadcast video. In developing a view of mobile TV as a compliment to cable broadcast video; this paper considers the drivers for future facilities-based mobile TV technology, alternative mobile TV distribution platforms, and, compares the economics for the delivery of mobile TV services. We develop a taxonomy to compare the alternatives, and explore broadcast technologies such as DVB-H, DVH-SH and MediaFLO, multicast technologies such as out-of-band and in-band MBMS, and unicast or streaming platforms.

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