European Telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding officially endorsed DVB-H as the official European wide standard for mobile TV.
For mobile TV to succeed in Europe, the market needs a standardised technology, she argues.
Reding said: ‘For Mobile TV to take off in Europe, there must first be certainty about the technology.
'The next steps for implementing the EU strategy on mobile broadcasting will include guidance on the authorisation regimes as well as the promotion of rights management systems based, as is DVB-H, on open standards.'
The EU’s support for DVB-H in the UHF band brings problems in the UK, where this part of the spectrum is currently occupied by analogue TV, and will not be free until the analogue switch off, scheduled for 2012.
Her announcement comes one month after T-Mobile and Orange announced they were trialing mobile TV using TDtv technology.
However, Reding’s endorsement of DVB-H technology doesn’t preclude member states from using other technology for mobile TV transmissions.