China expected to watch mobile TV for free next year

UPDATED: 16:03, June 21, 2007

Recently, the base patent holder of China's domestic mobile TV industry announced that a patent fee of China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting (CMMB) will not exist within the next two years, and then a one Yuan patent fee will be collected in a representative manner. This means that it is possible to use a mobile phone to watch TV for free in 2008. At the same time, the industry standards of the CMMB will enter the commercial age.

The "mobile TV business" uses an intelligent mobile phone with an operating system and video functions to watch TV. Since the launch of the CMMB mobile TV, users can watch CCTV1 or CCTV News channel for free through their mobile phones. Many paid channels can also be received. Up to now, 120 enterprises have joined the CMMB network.

China plans to broadcast the CMMB network in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Qingdao and Qin Huangdao in 2008.

By People's Daily Online


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