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Mobile TV To Cell Phones Is Successfully Tested In The U.K.

Qualcomm says the two-month test of its MediaFLO service demonstrated that 20 channels can be supported to deliver "very good" picture quality at 25 frames per second.

A successful test of mobile TV broadcasting has been conduced by Qualcomm on British Sky Broadcasting handsets, according to the companies.

Qualcomm said Monday that the two-month test of its MediaFLO service demonstrated that 20 channels can be supported to deliver "very good" picture quality at 25 frames per second. The company said the test showed that the MediaFLO System can operate in both laboratory and mixed field test situations.

"This was a thorough test of the technology's capabilities, yielding encouraging results," said Robin Crossley, technology strategy advisor for BSkyB, in a statement. The two companies wouldn't describe the mobile handsets except to call them "non-commercial devices."

Qualcomm's MediaFLO USA unit is preparing to launch the service commercially with Verizon Wireless. In Japan, service provider KDDI and Softbank are also considering the MediaFLO service, Qualcomm said.

In addition to high-quality video streams, the MediaFLO system enables audio-only streams, Clipcast media, and IP datacasting to handsets.

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