Mobiele TV Nederland gets DMB licence

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has decided to issue a national DAB and DMB licence to Mobiele TV Nederland. The company plans to launch a mobile TV service in The Netherlands using the DMB standard. The new service will compete with KPN MobielTV, which uses DVB-H.

Mobiele TV Nederland BV is owned by a consortium of private investors composed of the French TDF company Media & Broadcasting and Mobiles Fehrnsehen Deutschland (MFD). It was the sole applicant for the licence and will pay only pay a nominal fee of one euro.

KPN launched its DVB-H service in May last year and currently offers 11 channels.

About 30,000 people have signed up for the service, which is offered free-of-charge to people signing up for the top-tier service and choose a DVB-H capable handset.