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British to be first in Europe to get mobile TV

HTC, BT and Virgin team up

Taiwanese mobile phone developer High Tech Computer said yesterday it will team up with BT and Virgin Mobile as they push to make British users among the first in Europe to watch television on their mobile phones.

HTC will provide its latest handset, the Trilogy. It will allow users to tap into a wide range of digital TV content as well as more than 350 digital radio stations broadcasting nationwide 24-hours a day, the firm said in a statement.

Virgin Mobile will be the first mobile operator to sign up for the BT Movio broadcast digital TV and radio service for mobile phones, BT said in a statement.

Virgin Mobile will offer the broadcast service on a limited basis to subscribers later this year.

BT said it worked with HTC and Microsoft to develop the Trilogy and bring it to market in Europe. The handset features a 2.2in screen for viewing digital video content, and a range of other media driven features including removable storage and an onboard 1.3Mp camera. It runs the Windows Mobile 5.0 OS.

Microsoft worked with the group to ensure stable and secure software performance on the handset, using Windows Media technologies including Windows Media Video and Windows Media Audio Pro, BT said. The BT Movio service also incorporates Windows Media Digital Rights Management technology.

The BT Movio service will be available to all mobile operators in the UK in the future, BT said.

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