mobile-dtvI recently polled a few online social groups after writing my October 16th posts on the Mobile DTV and OMVC announcements, and my observance of the mobile panel at Foley’s Emerging Technology Conference in Boston. I thought I would share with readers some of the insights gleaned from these online discussions.

On the question “will Mobile DTV ultimately be a focal point for advertisors and app developers, or just a a landing strip for broadcast TV signals?”

From Debra Kaufman who has her own blog at www.mobilizedtv.com

“I think in the short-term broadcasters see it as another platform for their existing services, but will develop it to broadcast mobile-specific services such as weather and traffic. First, however, they need to gain traction – cell phone mfrs need to create phones that can receive the signal!”

From Abhishek Visveswaran who has his own site at www.telematicsnews.info

“So many different standards for doing the same thing! In Europe, the EC extended its support to DVB-H for mobile TV, but some network operators in Germany installed DVB-T receivers on phones due to some internal politics. As far as cars go, at the minute in Europe we believe DVB-T receivers are sufficient to keep the RSE market going, especially as Europe heads towards the digital switchover. I am sure you know that the RSE market in Europe is not as big as the US.”

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On the question ” where do you think the next opportunities in mobile are?”

From Jim Wanerski—

“LTE doesnt have the spectrum that WIMAX has. Real simple….What moves faster..a 12 lane expressway with 1 million cars or a 2 lane country road with the same amount of cars?? People, do your research. Wimax has the Spectrum….LTE does not. Btw, what are the standards for LTE? What OEM shops are producing devices??? You will not see LTE for 18 months MINIMAL and if you do, it will be so slow when all 5 million devices are on there trying to achieve what WIMAX delivers now. Look into Wimax..is here NOW..it’s the PRESENT!!”

Do you care to comment on these other opinions?

-Randy Giusto

randygiusto@newdigitalcafe.com