Mobile DTV Stations Near 100 Mark: OMVC

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Washington - A total of  96 TV stations are using Mobile DTV technology to broadcast their programming over the air, and the number will grow to 126 in 48 markets by the end of the year, the

Open Mobile Video Coalition

(OMVC) said.

The number of stations broadcasting Mobile DTV signals grew from 45 in January, said the OMVC, a broadcaster association charged with accelerating the development of Mobile DTV in the U.S.

 To support the rollout, the OMVC plans in the fall to launch a conditional access system in the Washington D.C. market to help CE companies test Mobile DTV tuners that incorporate conditional access technology. Conditional access is designed to facilitate audience measurement and support the eventual launch of subscription programming, the coalition said.

Later this summer, the coalition's Mobile DTV Forum plans to complete baseline technical guidelines that will give CE suppliers details about how broadcasters will implement new services, enabling suppliers to build CE products that receive those services. The forum consists of TV technology companies, CE companies, and broadcasters.

 In another announcement, the coalition said the

Mobile DTV Trust Authority

, managed by Neustar, is up and operating and is already working with several CE companies developing Mobile DTV products that incorporate conditional access.  CE suppliers will enter into agreements with Neustar to get the digital certificates and keys necessary to build Mobile DTV products with conditional access.

 OMVC represents more than 900 TV stations.


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