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IP-based Networks, Services and Terminals for Convergence Systems

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507014

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 March 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 378 054

  • EU contribution

    € 9 597 645

Coordinated by:

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

Project description

Networked audiovisual systems and home platforms Removing the barriers to digital TV on the move

Within the next few years, watching television on portable devices, including mobile phones, is expected to be widespread in Europe.

European researchers have developed a TV-to-mobile transmission system they say would allow Europe’s industry to roll out commercial DVB-H (digital video broadcasting – handheld) networks more easily.

Their research is helping to keep Europe’s broadcasters at the forefront of developments in digital television broadcasting.

DVB-H is part of the same family as DVB-T (digital video broadcasting – terrestrial), the platform being used to roll out digital TV to households all over Europe. Digital satellite and digital cable TV standards are also part of the same family.

Roadmap for mobile TV

Project INSTINCT, which has now come to an end, was set up in January 2004 with the aim of developing both new technology and a roadmap to enable the end-to-end delivery chain – from initial transmission to viewing the pictures on handsets – for providing TV content on mobile phones.

During the second phase of the project, researchers conducted medium-scale field trials around Europe to validate the mobile TV technology. The progress made by the INSTINCT partners was key to the recent successful rollout of the world’s first DVB-H commercial services in Italy and Finland.

Looking back on INSTINCT’s achievements, project coordinator Thomas Owens of Brunel University is convinced it would not have been possible to roll out commercial networks so quickly without the project’s groundbreaking work.

The introduction of DVB-H networks elsewhere in Europe is delayed mainly due to the lack of available spectrum, as well as licensing and commercial issues. The operation in Italy was facilitated because a mobile operator bought out a TV broadcaster and used the airwaves for mobile rather than terrestrial TV.

Planning the transition

Telecommunications and broadcast regulators throughout Europe are now planning the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. They will also have to decide what to do with the radio broadcast spectrum, some of which will be freed up by the greater efficiency of digital transmission, the so-called ‘digital dividend’. Several have already decided to set some of the spectrum aside for mobile TV services.

“Thanks to the success of the Italian and Finnish commercial networks, they can see DVB-H is a valid technology and there is consumer demand for mobile TV on handsets,” says Owens. “So now they can make an informed choice about how much spectrum to allocate to digital terrestrial TV, including High Definition TV (HDTV), how much to mobile TV and how much, if any, to other uses.”

Pictures on the move

Perhaps the major contribution of INSTINCT to making commercial DVB-H possible was the team’s development of the receiver architecture for mobile handsets. Most modern handsets already come equipped to receive both 3G and WiFi signals. Where there is a commercial DVB-H service, a built-in mobile TV receiver should become standard.

The researchers also had to develop middleware for handsets to convert the signal from a data stream to pictures on the mobile handset. The team also focused on creating a planning blueprint for a whole DVB-H network so it could interoperate with existing mobile networks.

Due to their work, INSTINCT’s researchers have helped make the rollout of large-scale mobile TV in Europe more likely in the near future.

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Coordinator

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY

Address

Kingston Lane
Ub8 3ph Uxbridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 157 557

Participants (27)

FUNDACAO CENTROS DE REFERENCIA EM TECNOLOGIAS INOVADORAS - CERTI

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 410 769

FUNDACAO DE APOIO A UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 395 074

LABORATORIO PHILIPS DA AMAZONIA - INSTITUTO DE PESQUISA E DESENVOLVIMENTO

Brazil

UNIVERSIDADE DO ESTADO DO AMAZONAS FUNDACAO

Brazil

GENIUS - INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 293 450

CENTRO DE ESTUDIOS E SISTEMAS AVANCADOS DO RECIFE

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 230 177

ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH&CO KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 551 725

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 183 736

RUNDFUNK BERLIN-BRANDENBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 176 134

INSTITUT FUER RUNDFUNKTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 479 685

T-SYSTEMS NOVA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 50 633

SIEMENS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 220 540

T-SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 55 425

FUNDACIO BARCELONA MEDIA UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 60 076

FUNDACIO PER A LA UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 15 085

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 81 396

FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTEURS FRANCE

France

FRANCE TELECOM SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 500 586

THALES BROADCAST & MULTIMEDIA SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 615 285

DIBCOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 532 502

MOTOROLA SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 850 387

TDF

France

EU Contribution

€ 585 424

PHILIPS FRANCE S.A.S.

France

EU Contribution

€ 586 233

MOTOROLA TOULOUSE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 623 054

OPTIBASE LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 337 620

NETIKOS S.P.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 514 632

RAI-RADIOTELEVISIONE ITALIANA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 90 460

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 507014

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2004

  • End date

    31 March 2006

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 378 054

  • EU contribution

    € 9 597 645

Coordinated by:

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom