Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have adapted existing technology, that enables the live and simultaneous broadcast of both radio and television media through satellite, to their generic "World Space" radios on a tiny channel width of only 128Kbps.

Channels have been broadcasting to the African, Asian and South American continents, through the WorldSpace AfriStar satellite since June 7.

The scientists are only able to broadcast video on such a limited bandwidth by adapting the powerful H.263 v. 2 video-phone encoding protocol. At this stage the pictures remain small, with the sound encoded into MP3 files.

The Institute is putting out a call for partners to join in this experimental project. CNN and Bloomberg have already joined the scheme.