Remember Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD? How about Beta vs. VHS?
For anyone who gets frustrated when industries can’t agree on consumer product standards, this is good news: Mobile users who want to stream TV won’t have to deal with annoying format disputes.
"Manufacturers and broadcasters had already been moving forward with the preliminary technical standard for Mobile Digital Television, but now the standard has been finalized by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC).
"Friday’s formal announcement of the standard adoption by ATSC means that everyone can move forward knowing that the technical specs are set in stone."
Look at how fast this is progressing. In January, not a single local TV station beamed mobile phone-ready video. By mid-summer, mobile users in Raleigh, NC and Washington, DC became the first to enjoy mobile TV and by year’s end, consumers in nearly 30 of the nation’s top markets will have this option.