What is mobile TV?

What is mobile TV and digital radio?

‘Mobile TV’ is watching television on a mobile device such as mobile phones, laptops or multimedia devices like iPads and iPhones. Receivers in cars and in public transport can also pick up digital TV. 


Recently it is possible to broadcast mobile TV through high masts, like earlier analogue TV from Lopik was transmitted. The advantage of digital broadcasting is that mobile television and digital radio nationwide - with deep indoor – coverage and high and stable quality can be received, regardless the number of users. ‘Broadcasted’ mobile TV is therefore the only technique that makes is possible to transmit at the same time by an infinite number of people can be seen, while maintaining perfect image quality and availability.  

Mobile internet not suitable for large audience

Untill recently it was only possible to watch mobile TV via UMTS (also called 3G) on a mobile phone. The disadvantage of mobile TV via UMTS is that the UMTS network has not enough bandwith to optimally reach large numbers of consumers. As a result, many users find the image quality below par. In addition, the coverage of the UMTS network is limited and it is not profitable for a full nationwide roll out. Experts in this field therefore agree that the longer term, UMTS is not the right technology for television broadcasting to a wide audience. UMTS appears to be expecially suitable for content on demand, such as YouTube, mobile intenet and other data applications. The next generation mobile networks are not suitable or too expensive for mobile television to large groups of users.