CES 2013: RCA debuts mobile DTV tablet
Michelle Clancy | 11-01-2013
Venerable consumer electronics manufacturer RCA has debuted a mobile video play with the 8" RCA Mobile TV Tablet.
The product is both a portable TV set and a fully functional high-definition Android touchscreen tablet with Wi-Fi, dual cameras and GPS functionality.
The gadget is the industry's first dual-tuner mobile TV, and will include a standard over-the-air DTV tuner, along with a mobile TV tuner that is compatible with Dyle mobile TV. Dyle enables consumers to watch live TV from local TV stations over-the-air on compatible devices. It includes access to 130 mobile TV stations throughout the United States.
"The addition of both stationary and mobile TV capability in a tablet receiver means that viewers will never be out of touch with the latest news, weather, sports and favourite channels," Chris Lee, vice president of marketing for RCA-owner Digital Stream. "Our new RCA Mobile TV Tablet includes a telescoping antenna to receive regular digital TV channels when you're not moving, and mobile TV when life keeps you busy and on the move."
Dyle is now on-the-air in more than 35 markets, delivering popular network TV shows and local news. The RCA Mobile TV Tablet also receives mobile digital TV channels from broadcasters not affiliated with Dyle.
Other TV functions built into the device include real-time signal strength display, on-screen programme information display and digital closed captioning. Additionally, features like language settings, auto channel scan and a favourite channel setting enable the consumer to take the RCA Mobile TV Tablet and personalise the device to fit their needs.
"Research consistently shows that consumers who try mobile TV not only watch television with greater frequency, but they also enjoy catching up on the latest information wherever they go," said Lee. "Reaction to our first generation of standalone mobile DTV receivers has been very positive, and we look forward to more widespread and more advanced services made possible by the addition of this Mobile TV Tablet to the RCA product portfolio."
With a suggested retail price of $299, the RCA Mobile TV Tablet will be available this coming spring in the United States.