The number of US local broadcast stations transmitting Mobile Digital TV signals has jumped more than 70 per cent in the past year, with some 120 stations now on-the-air with robust mobile signals, reports the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) – a voluntary association of television broadcasters whose mission is to accelerate the development of mobile digital television in the United States.
“The huge increase in the number of broadcasters delivering Mobile DTV underscores the momentum behind this exciting new service for consumers,” said Vincent Sadusky, president of the OMVC and President and CEO of LIN Media. “With more players will come more Mobile DTV channels, and that’s a key to enticing viewers to try out TV on-the-go.”
Sadusky noted that stations reaching viewers in more than 46 markets are now sending local news, weather updates, sports, traffic, and favourite programmes to their market areas. Pointing out an exciting new tool for consumer electronics retailers selling mobile DTV products, he said updates on available Mobile DTV signals can be found on the OMVC.org web site, under the ‘Signal Map’ tab on the home page.
The OMVC revealed the figures on the eve of International CES in Las Vegas, where exhibitors at the Central Hall Mobile DTV TechZone include Dyle Mobile TV/Mobile Content Venture, LG Electronics, Samsung Mobile, The Mobile500 Alliance, Triveni Digital, Siano Mobile, Crestech, the Mobile DTV Trust Authority/Neustar and NAGRA.