Citizens of France won’t be won’t be watching TV from DVB-H on their mobile phones this fall. While the launch of broadcast mobile TV was planned to kick off this autumn in time for the Rugby World Cup, a conflict between French mobile operators and broadcasters has led to a delay. Recent complications, which have resulted in a stand still over the business model will likely push back the launch of DVB-H services in France until at least next summer. Broadcasters seem to want an advertising funded free-to-air service, while mobile operators were looking at a paid service, and so far both sides have been unwilling to budge. Until this is resolved mobile TV from DVB-H will remain off the air in France.
French DVB-H launch delayed to 2008 [via Screen Digest]