U.S. mobile DTV officially commercial as local TV stations go live

Michelle Clancy | 21-09-2012

Mobile DTV, which offers local TV feeds over the air to mobile phones, media players and tablets, officially launched commercially this week to more than half the population in the United States. Backers marked the occasion with a gala affair in Washington D.C. for lawmakers, policymakers, broadcasters and consumer electronics vendors.

"Today, mobile TV is live in 50 markets reaching more than half of the U.S. population," said Vince Sadusky, president and CEO of LIN Media and president of DTV industry group Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC). "Now that the first consumer devices are available in retail stores, we are excited to celebrate the commercial launch of mobile DTV."
There are 130 stations equipped to broadcast in mobile DTV within those 50 markets. The first smartphone to support mobile DTV is the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G smartphone, which comes with the Dyle service. Dyle is a mobile DTV service brand being offered by wireless carrier MetroPCS.
There are also new accessory devices to provide mobile TV capability to tablets and media players, and a new portable mobile TV.