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Multicast and Mobile Services Field Trial

MCAST was a multicast technology and mobile services project. The research project covered two large-scale field trials of innovative multicasting technology and mobile media services on 2.5G and 3G cellular networks.

The objective was to understand and evaluate user needs and acceptance as to rich media multicast delivery to mobile devices, perform market analyses and develop business models. Rich media content services, with short multimedia clips featuring music, movie trailers, games and other entertaining content, as well as news highlights, were delivered via MCAST’s innovative multicasting platform in different large-scale field trials in Israel, Switzerland and Germany. The field trials provided insight into the needs for multicast services and next-generation cross-media production.

Deutsche Welle was MCAST coordinator and application partner and contributed as such to the overall management of the project, content provision, service development, and user testing.

The project ran from Jan 2003 – Jun 2004

Date

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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New interactive online formats and delivery models

SMARTCAST’s main objective was to support broadcasters in their transition towards IP based media production and distribution.

SMARTCAST thus developed an Integrated Multimedia Production line for interactive audiovisual content and a satellite broadband delivery platform based on IP web casting services.

Deutsche Welle co-ordinated the project and – together with broadcasters ORF (AUT) and Radio Bremen (D) – developed various interactive content formats that were produced with Smartcast’s Integrated Production Line as developed by project partner Lost Boys Interactive (NL) and distributed through the satellite platform as developed by Eutelsat (F). On top of coordination and content format development Deutsche Welle team was in charge of validation and dissemination.

The project ran from 2001-2003

Date

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

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