We have already talked in the past about how to watch DTT or simply “TV” on the iPhone in an easy way, for example through Tivify. But all these solutions have always been based on a signal broadcast over the internet. In other words, it is not DTT as a broadcast medium itself that we access, but rather an internet stream such as Apple TV+ or Disney+.
This can change, and a lot, thanks to the first pilot tests that Cellnex is carrying out in Spain. The company with the most broadcast centers throughout the country will broadcast the TVE signal in Barcelona until after the MWC, which will take place at the end of February. With this test we can receive the signal from La 1, Canal 24h and others directly on the iPhonewithout the need for intermediaries.
Less battery consumption and zero mobile data consumption
We are used to the fact that DTT arrives through the antennas in the building and that we can watch TV on our mobile phones through the Internet. What 5G Broadcast poses, part of the DVB-I standard, is broadcast the DTT signal directly over 5G. Let’s put it differently. Oversimplifying greatly, we know that a Wi-Fi signal is pretty much the same as a radio wave. We can broadcast Radio 5 to listen to it on a receiver or connect our Mac to the internet through those waves.
This is what 5G Broadcast proposes, direct broadcast. All this means that a device whose modem —which we often also call radio— is compatible with 5G, will be able to watch TV directly. You will not need to be connected to the internet, nor will you need a SIM card, nor will you need to establish a connection to the tower. That is, yes receive the signal from it, but not return any messages to it, which will substantially improve battery consumption.
Not to mention that we will not consume data from our rate, thanks to this technology we could be watching TV on our iPhone without having to pay attention to where the signal comes from. A technology with quite potential, although it also has impediments.
On the one hand, the number of devices compatible with 5G and on the other the question of whether a direct broadcast has so many advantages compared to a broadcast through the internet, now that everyone and everything is connected to the network. For now, we will have to wait for these first tests to conclude, but it seems that sooner rather than later we will have even more options when it comes to watching TV from our iPhone.
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