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LG Electronics, Harris pitch MPH as mobile DTV spec

Posted: 28 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MPH? mobile DTV spec? ATSC?

LG Electronics Inc. and Harris Corp., joint developers of the Mobile-Pedestrian Handheld (MPH) in-band mobile DTV system, submitted a proposal to the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) for a standard that would enable broadcasters to provide high-quality DTV signals to a wide range of mobile and portable devices.

The ATSC Technology and Standards Group had requested proposals from companies offering systems aimed at facilitating the delivery of DTV programming and data to mobile, pedestrian and handheld devices via the digital broadcast signal. The partner companies' proposal detailed the suitability of MPH for the delivery of mobile and handheld DTV.

Developed by Harris and LG Electronics and its U.S. research subsidiary, Zenith, the MPH in-band mobile DTV system provides robust DTV signals to mobile, pedestrian and handheld devices. MPH was designed to be fully compatible with the ATSC A/110 standard for distributed transmission. As such, the system provides a highly compatible, commercially deployable system that has already been accomplished, tested and demonstrated.

"As long-time, active members of the ATSC and key players in the development and marketplace implementation of DTV, LG Electronics, its U.S. R&D lab and Harris look forward to working closely with our fellow ATSC members and with ATSC staff on mobile DTV," said H.G. Lee, president and CTO of LG Electronics, in a statement. "We share the ATSC's enthusiasm for this promising new technology, which we believe will enhance and complete the digital TV experience for consumers and broadcasters alike."

"In light of the sense of urgency surrounding this next generation of DTV technology, Harris and LG look forward to participating in the ATSC mobile DTV process while continuing to work with broadcasters and other stakeholders to develop a robust, mobile terrestrial DTV market," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. "The MPH system strikes the right balance for broadcasters looking to deliver both high-definition programming to fixed receivers and programming and datacasting to mobile and handheld devices."

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