Washington DC First to Get Free Mobile DTV

20 Apr 2009 | Accessories | 0 comments


mobile digital tvWashington will be the first city in the United States to get free digital TV broadcasts for mobile phones, laptops and other mobile devices. Users will be able to enjoy five stations (local affiliates of CBS, NBC, PBS, Ion and Fox) starting in late summer, when broadcasting is expected to begin.

No receiver devices for the new signals have been announced yet, but Dell is already working on a prototype of a laptop with a built-in mobile digital TV receiver and will present it at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas this week. Samsung and LG are also supporting the technology, while Kevwood announced that it will start developing car-based receivers.

The Open Mobile Video Coalition said that the free mobile TV might also be useful in case of emergencies and disasters like hurricanes.

Broadcasters plan to start broadcasts in more than two dozen other cities by the end of the year, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta.