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Mobile TV plans unveiled by India's Doordarshan

India's public broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) is expanding its mobile TV service to smartphone, tablet and laptop users in 40 or more major cities, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).

Digital video broadcasting (DVB-T2) services are expected to start in the nation's first ten cities before the end of 2013, officials working for broadcast operator Praser Bharati told the agency.

"One of the biggest advantages this service would offer is that there would be no buffering and the clarity would be high definition. It would be like watching normal high definition TV on the move," the official is quoted as saying by PTI.

While most of the content will be provided by DD, private broadcasters are reportedly being invited by Praser Bharati to explore the opportunities of carriage on the mobile network.

The plans follow a mobile TV pilot project in May 2007 by Praser Bharati in New Delhi. The bouquet of eight channels was then available to DVB-H enabled mobile phones, within a 10km radius of the transmitter in Parliament Street.

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