South Korean consumer electronics group Samsung is set to trial a mobile phone capable of receiving digital television broadcasts. The digital media broadcast (DMB) receivers reportedly offer high-quality video images. Receiver modules will allow users to view both terrestrial and satellite television signals.
The modules will be introduced in South Korea and Japan where broadcast standards have been agreed. Samsung's Electro-Mechanics division, responsible for its DMB strategy, says it will have to wait until 2006 before a standard is expected to be ratified in the US.
Samsung says the DMB modules will add between $20 and $30 to the price of a mobile phone, and consume 180 milliwatts of power, though the aim is to reduce that to 100 milliwatts over time. The company also plans to launch a module targeted at the automotive entertainment market.
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