News: Virgin starts DAB TV service | Mobile DTV
My UK Free TV settings
For an enhanced Freeview reception
prediction please enter your
full postcode, a national grid reference or
a UK latitude and longitude pair.
 
Most popular 01:07
Live updates 01:07
Assendon
TV Off Air from 4:57 today to ...
Easdale
TV Off Air from 14:16 today to 1...
Gigha Island
TV Off Air from 14:16 today to 1...
Gunnislake
TV Off Air from 5:51 yesterday ...
Looe
TV Off Air from 12:25 today to 1...
Manningtree
DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off A...
Marystow
TV Off Air from 12:25 today to 1...
Mevagissey
TV Off Air from 12:25 today to 1...
Plymouth North Rd
TV Off Air from 12:25 today to 1...
Polperro
TV Off Air from 12:25 today to 1...
Poulner
TV Off Air from 8:48 today to ...
Rothesay
TV Off Air from 4:38 today to ...
South Knapdale
TV Off Air from 14:16 today to 1...
Click here to see all transmitters with faults and engineering
Twitter 01:07

Briantist: http://t.co/UVoop1CQfz Argument preview Free TV at a bargain price SCOTUSblog ProtectMyAntenna org At its core thιs dispute is about of
Briantist: http://t.co/7L1cFkby5T Ofcom begins review of wholesale offer of Sky Sports 1 and 2 UPDATED Recombu recοmbu com
Briantist: http://t.co/zHzgogA8QG The making of an icon Celia Chapman co designer of the BBC 2 ident relιves creating that fat sharp edged little
Briantist: http://t.co/5Kzf8juZ9q We dont all look to the Sky for the best TV Express Star There I was at the last Saturday afternoon home match my
Briantist: http://t.co/hGxLbOFgCy Feedback BBC iPlayer App 18 Apr 14
Briantist: http://t.co/CienkyVlP9 Media Royal video IPSO Adoption Dοcs Peter Greste
Briantist: http://t.co/QowjkptEED BBC iPlayer Help iPlayer Radio Problems since 22 April 2014 on PC and Mac Some users have encountered the error
Briantist: http://t.co/Ei6iRWu2E3 Hubris chemιstry and Susanna Reid welcome to ITVs new breakfast show Life and style The Guardian Monday sees the
Briantist: http://t.co/hygLfkgk9v Aereo s Supreme Court case could catch TiVo and οthers in its crossfire Quartz The word to listenfor in todays a
Briantist: http://t.co/yheuGu0Ruf London Lιves Disastrous TV Ratings 2 400 Watch Breakfast Show In City Of 9million Forbes Id already been behind

Click here to follow Briantist on Twitter
> News >History >Mobile DTV

Virgin starts DAB TV service

After a trail last year, Virgin Mobile is set to start selling mobile phones that can receive DAB radio, and a four-channel low-quality television service.

After a trail last year, Virgin Mobile is set to start selling
Published on by on UK Free TV
After a trail last year, Virgin Mobile is set to start selling mobile phones that can receive DAB radio, and a four-channel low-quality television service.

As DAB (digital audio broadcasting) provides data at only 1,168kps, there is only room for BBC ONE, ITV-1, E4 and a special version of Channel 4. Coverage of DAB in the UK is very good, and in many areas provides a stable, uninterrupted signal. DAB does have two drawbacks: reception seems to require a lot of battery power and reception inside moving vehicles, especially trains, can be impossible.

The BBC channel is being provided for free for the first year. Channel 4 will be a restricted service, presumably similar to the online offering for the same right reasons, and ITV-1 will be shown without spot advertising.

For this service, which starts on October 9, you will need a BT Lobster 700 'telly-phone' (£199 with Virgin's £25 per month contract) and a monthly charge of £5 (free for the first three months).

This compares with the offerings from the 3 company, which allows you to download clips of programmes from ITV1. These services are not live TV, and are restricted to about 64kbps.

If and when DVB-H services are started, these can provide six times the bandwidth - 24 TV channels - to mobile phones. One possibility for a mobile-Freeview will be to use TV frequency C36 which is currently used for radar development.

DVB-H, a version of the DVB broadcasting standard used for digital TV around the world, is specifically designed for mobile reception and uses considerable less battery power. Philips is also developing a more sensitive DVB-T chipset that may make reception of the standard Freeview service possible. It is currently impossible because the GSM mobile phone signals cause severe Freeview interference.

We will have to see if the DAB/Virgin TV service proves popular!





Your comments: most recent posts are at the bottom


Your comments are always welcome. Please use the form below to add your thoughts or questions to this page. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Please post a question, answer or commentUK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.







Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.