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Germany’s media authorities want to come up with a decision by mid-March whether mobile television in the DVB-H standard will be given a second chance, but only if there is market interest.

The precondition for another tender for platform operation for a 10 year period would be that sufficient interest of the market can be confirmed to the media authorities’ licensing and supervision committee ZAK by the end of February.

“We have always stressed that only concrete declarations of interest can open the door for a new launch of DVB-H,” ZAK chairman Thomas Langheinrich said in Stuttgart. “This means that interested parties must have reached preliminary agreements with DVB-H network operators, broadcasters and mobile network operators clearly describing how the planned collaboration would be realised and how much strain the economic side can take. A system which is not financially viable will not be able to contribute to variety.”

According to Langheinrich, media authorities have evaluated the chances of a new DVB-H licensing process with interested contenders and other market players on several occasions after former DVB-H licence holder Mobile 3.0 gave its permission back to the media authorities at the end of 2008. He added that ZAK considers it important to reach a clear decision soon.

In autumn 2009 it became known that Swedish media entrepreneur Michael Werner along with other investors considered giving DVB-H another try in Germany. Also, Deutsche Telekom is thought to have shown interest in DVH-H to distribute mass market offers like its soccer Bundesliga channel LIGA total! on a stable mobile network based on broadcast technology.

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