I am here at the packed Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC)press conference in Las Vegas CES. The technology which is being demoed promises to deliver broadcast TV signals (statings) to your mobile phone, game console, or any other mobile device which has a screen and a speaker. There is also emphasis on the possiblity of installing these in cars.
The coalition has 58 or 63 broadcast stations already commited to sending out signals. Equipment manufacturers are here also, spearheaded by Samsung and LG.
The demo was quick and pretty much what you'd expect it to be, a pretty good TV signal sent over to a mini device, although in this case it was a laptop.
The technology is in its infancy but it does promises to be exciting if adapted. Notably the coaltion was not attended by the carriers who outside of IP access to control the channel on the player, are bypassed. Bybassing the carriers allows for a true broadcast by not having the stream be clogged down by heavy use or overused towers.
Here is the blurb from the OMVC web site:
Mobile DTV makes local, digital broadcast TV portable. With Mobile DTV, consumers can tune in to live, local news, traffic information, weather, sporting events or entertainment programs from the convenience of their car, at the beach—wherever they may be, using a variety of mobile and video devices.
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