Docomo's New Android Devices Support NOTTV
Docomo has announced two new Android devices, the AQUOS PHONE SH-06D smartphone and the MEDIAS TAB N-06D 7-inch tablet. Both models support NOTTV, a TV service for smartphones, which will begin transmission on April 1.
NOTTV is a new terrestrial broadcasting service and its stakeholders include docomo and Dentsu, as well as private-sector broadcasters. This service will use frequencies vacated when the broadcast of analog TV ended in July 2011. In the first year, NOTTV will be available mainly in the Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka areas, and there are plans to gradually extend the coverage.
"In this service, there are two types of broadcasting. One is real-time, which you can watch just like ordinary TV. The other is clipcasting, where files are sent to the smartphone. The files can be e-books, digital magazines, games, or applications as well as TV programs."
The real-time broadcast has a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, and there will be three channels, including a 24-hour news channel. In clipcasting, the programs that users sign up for will be downloaded to the smartphone automatically.
"The programs we broadcast will be produced together with shareholders, including SkyPerfect, or obtained from them. But that's not all, we'll also buy programs from overseas broadcasters, and from BS and CS channels, and provide simultaneous broadcasting. Naturally, we'll also collaborate with other companies on digital content."
The SH-06D has a 4.5-inch HD screen that supports 3D, as well as Sharp's latest energy-efficiency technology. The N-06D has a simple, minimal design with a 7-inch WXGA display, and it supports high-speed communication with the Docomo Xi LTE service.
Both models feature a dual-core CPU, and support the mobile wallet service, the One-Seg mobile TV standard, and infra-red data transmission. They're also waterproof, and each comes with a tabletop holder.
"At NTT docomo, we plan to sell 3 million handsets in the first year. But we'd also like other carriers to release models that support NOTTV. As with One-Seg TV, this service can be watched on devices from any carrier or manufacturer, as long as they support the technology. So we'd like to make that sort of arrangement. Regarding the programs, because clipcasting is a feature of this service, we'd like to gradually reinforce that aspect."
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