With mobile phones looking to become televisions, Samsung and Nokia have announced that they will be teaming up to ensure greater inoperability between handsets.

The deal, which will focus on the companies ranges of DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast - Handheld) enabled mobile devices and the open standards based Nokia network services system will stop too many streaming formats being created.

Both companies see the move to mobile television as a massive growth area and see the availability of interoperable DVB-H enabled devices and services is a key factor in further opening up the market.

The companies have chosen DVB-H because it offers up to 50 TV channels and low battery consumption while letting the mobile phone user do other things on the phone at the same time.

"Within DVB-H technology, Samsung has already commercialized handsets based on the CBMS OSF standard, and will develop the OMA BCAST standard based mobile TV handset. Its inclusion in our product portfolios will enhance our customers' flexibility in choosing suitable standards based on their business models", says Kwang Suk Hyun, Senior Vice President of Alliance Team of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

"Nokia warmly welcomes the collaboration in accelerating the adoption of DVB-H based mobile TV services to the market. We see that the OMA BCAST standard is essential in launching mobile TV services on a global scale", says Harri Männistö, Director, Multimedia, Nokia. "Further, the well-defined service and content protection profiles within the OMA BCAST standard such as the already now available OMA DRM, provides the ideal path towards standardized solutions enabling a coherent and open market for successful worldwide mobile TV deployments."