Sunday, April 30, 2006

SARFT Strict Over DVB-M Start Ups

According to a statement posted on the Website of China's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), the authorities have banned the unlicensed operation of digital Mobile broadcasting programs run by domestic firms before the introduction of a 'national standard'. That standard (DVB-M) is expected "soon" along with DVB-T.

We have heard this statement for sometime as trials for DBV-T - digital terrestrial television have been conducted in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai since 2003.

Of course the decision is expected that China will a adopt their own hybrid version of DVB. Already the European DVB standard has been adopted for satellite (DVB-S) in the country.

Earlier media reports have cited June 30, 2006 as the date for an announcement.

That would give two years to implement a nationwide DVB-T (China version) in time for the Beijing 2006 Summer Olympics.

By the end of 2005, some 40 DMB operators were allowed to make mobile digital programs in mainland China. However, other unlicensed firms also broadcast similar programs, which easily disrupt the radio- frequency band and interferes with the signal transmission of authorized ones.

On March 27, the regulator ordered DMB operators to stop the program in transport modes such as in taxis and buses by June 15 if they failed to submit their formal application for approval.

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