Dutch operator KPN Telecom (KPN, or Royal KPN as it is also known) is shutting down its DVB-H mobile TV service ‘MobielTV’ from 1 June 2011, reports Telecompaper without citing sources. It is understood the telco’s decision comes after DVB-H singularly failed to evolve into a global standard, making it difficult to consider supporting the technology. MobielTV was launched by KPN Mobile the Netherlands in 2008, offering three devices to support the DVB-H standard: the Nokia N96, Samsung P960 and LG KB620 handsets. Having signed up 40,000 customers in its first year, subscriber numbers soon began to fall as no new devices were introduced to improve the end-user experience. Around 20,000 people still subscribe to MobielTV and each will receive a letter informing them of the decision to shut down the service. Once this has been done, KPN will look to use the frequencies currently used for MobielTV to improve its digital terrestrial TV service, Digitenne.
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