AMSTERDAM May 29 Dutch telecoms group KPN
(KPN.AS) will offer television broadcasts for specially equipped
mobile phones beginning from June for 10 euros ($15.6) per
month, it said on Thursday.
KPN launches broadcasts of 10 channels on June 5 and will
initially sell two handsets, one from Samsung (005930.KS) and
one from LG (066570.KS). It plans later to offer Nokia
NOK1V.HE handsets as well.
The former Dutch telecoms monopoly will broadcast television
using DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcasting Handheld, a sister
standard of DVB-T that is used for terrestrial digital TV
broadcasts across Europe.
KPN is in a better position than companies in countries such
as Germany, where operators may lose out because of handsets
that can pick up the terrestrial signal, a process that until
recently was too power-hungry for most phone batteries.
In the Netherlands, terrestrial TV broadcasts also require a
subscription, with the exception of public TV channels.
(Reporting by Niclas Mika, editing by Will Waterman)