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Mobile TV is here!

Samsung and MetroPCS unveil new smartphone with live, local TV!

An exciting development in the future of TV occurred last week when wireless carrier MetroPCS and Samsung Mobile unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S® LightrayTM 4G*. This Android™ smartphone is the first in the U.S. to offer live, local broadcast television with Dyle™ mobile TV.

Now consumers can stay informed and entertained on the go with the same local and national sports, news and entertainment programming on your mobile phones as you receive on your TV at home. This is live TV, not streaming. And because it uses the TV airwaves, not the Internet, it does not count against your data cap. Also, unlike streaming video over the Internet, an unlimited number of viewers can watch on their smartphones at the same time without buffering.

This service is currently available in 35 markets, reaching over 55 percent of the US population. Additional markets and stations will be added in the future.

Mobile TV can be used anywhere that the TV spectrum can reach, no need for an Internet connection or WiFi access. So where will you watch mobile TV? On your commute to work? Waiting to pick the kids up from school? At the stadium during the big game? Tell us in the comments below!

August 6, 2012 at 8:36 am 7 comments

Broadcasters’ work to educate the electorate this political season

When you hear “political contributions” you probably think of money given to candidates. But broadcasters’ view their political contributions differently—as a way to serve the voters in their communities during an election year by educating them with debates, information and more.

Local broadcasters remain the number-one source of local news, giving stations a key role in increasing civic engagement in the electoral process.

Here are just a few examples of local broadcasters’ efforts to educate and engage voters before the upcoming elections:

  • In Hawaii, KHNL-TV and KGMB-TV Honolulu televised a mayoral debate. Candidates debated a variety of issues, and current mayor Peter Carlisle also fielded questions and comments related to his job performance over the past term.
  • Voters in Myrtle Beach, S.C., are in a brand-new congressional district in 2012 and have a number of candidates from both political parties to learn about. In June, stations aired debates between the Republican candidates one night and the Democrat candidates another evening. This October, WBTW-TV will air a third debate with the nominees from both parties.
  • Of course the biggest election this November is the presidential election. NBC News is partnering with Telemundo to cover the presidential race. “Decision 2012″ will include joint monthly polls, coverage of the campaigns and conventions, and events focused on the role of the Hispanic vote, estimated at 22 million eligible voters. The partnership provides Telemundo access to NBC News’ political content and gives NBC News the benefit of Telemundo’s expertise in the Hispanic community.

And, like all the over-the-air programming broadcasters already offer, all of this election information is provided  free to the viewer. Because of broadcasters’ efforts, voters go to the polls more informed about the issues and candidates, which contributes to a stronger democracy.

July 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Wanted: “Game-changers” in mobile development

In the ongoing charge to bring exciting media and programming to consumers in innovative ways, one broadcasting company is partnering with a prominent area university to challenge the next generation of engineers to develop new ideas in mobile development.

That’s right; it’s time for Notre Dame University students to put on their “thinkin’ caps,” because the university’s Computer Science and Engineering program is partnering with local broadcasting business Schurz Communications in a first-of-its kind “Innovation Challenge!”

Intrigued? Us too! Undergrads, graduate students and faculty members are being encouraged to “consider real-world digital solutions and opportunities for 21st-century media companies” specifically focusing on mobile development.

Schurz vice president of Digital Media, Kerry Oslund, said, “We’re eager to dig in with brilliant Notre Dame technologists and invite them to also consider broadcast digital television, not only in delivering fully-produced content to stationary and mobile devices, but as a fast, efficient, reliable, way to deliver data to all devices and for purposes we haven’t yet imagined ourselves.”

To assist in the creation of these new solutions, “students and faculty will… receive secure access to custom feeds, real world databases, developer tools and application programing interfaces (API’s)from Schurz Communications’ wide array of media businesses.”

What a great idea, encouraging young entrepreneurs and innovation in an area that is ripe for growth. Good luck to all the participants – we can’t wait to see what you create!

 

July 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Latest Mobile TV Devices Will Bring Your Favorite Content to You Anywhere, Anytime

Wouldn’t it be nice to take your favorite morning show with you on the commute to work – not missing a minute of the breaking news or local weather?

With more than 120 stations across the country broadcasting mobile television signals, the future of TV is here – and it’s mobile. With numerous local broadcast stations transmitting mobile TV signals, and more consumer devices and adapters coming to the market, soon it will be very easy for consumers to get free mobile broadcast television on their laptops, tablets and smartphones. Best of all, the service does not require a data plan or hefty mobile data charges, because the signal is sent for free over-the-air.

Check out our new video that features mobile television providers Dyle mobile TV and the Mobile 500 Alliance demonstrating the devices and adapters built by manufacturers like Samsung and Belkin that run their mobile TV services. Watch the video below to see how you can get your local news, sports, weather, entertainment and lifesaving emergency information anywhere, anytime:

Mobile DTV from NAB Studio on Vimeo.

 

 

June 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Congress recognizes broadcasters’ ability to reach mass audiences in times of crisis

The beginning of June marked the official start of hurricane season, and once again, local radio and television stations are ready to keep their communities safe and informed wherever and whenever weather emergencies strike.

Ten members of Congress delivered statements on the House floor acknowledging the vital role that broadcasters play during severe weather emergencies by providing early warnings and disaster relief when the unthinkable happens.

The following members delivered statements (view video of members’ statements):

Reps. Gus Bilirakis (FL-09), Hansen Clarke (MI-13), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Billy Long (MO-07), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Ted Poe (TX-02), Laura Richardson (CA-37), David Scott (GA-13), Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Todd Young (IN-09).

In addition, four members submitted statements to the Congressional Record:

Even Federal Emergency Management Association administrator Craig Fugate has acknowledged that broadcast radio and TV is the best way to stay up-to-date on severe weather information when disaster strikes. And broadcasters are now poised to deliver this lifesaving information to Americans on the go.

There are more than 100 TV stations nationwide delivering mobile signals to smartphones and tablets, and several models of smartphones feature broadcast radio. Because broadcast signals are sent “over the air,” even when cell towers are congested or down, local broadcasters are able to reach mass audiences with critical information through smartphones and tablets. Make sure you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you this summer, and don’t forget to tune into your local broadcast stations to get all the information you need to stay safe.

 

June 12, 2012 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Hold onto your hat – hurricane season is on the way

The bad news is that June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. The good news, however, is that you can stay safe by tuning in to your local TV and radio stations to get critical emergency information. And many of you can tune in on the go using your smartphone or tablet, even if power lines are down and cell networks are congested.

How is that possible? More stations than ever before are broadcasting mobile channels. Mobile TV is delivered from your local stations to your mobile device using over-the-air technology, not wireless networks. Not only does that mean you can still receive local emergency information even when cell towers are down, but it also means there are no additional data streaming charges.

Your phone will need to be enabled with a chip – check here to see if your device already has those capabilities built-in. If it is not, consumers in many areas can purchase a USB flash drive-sized mobile TV receiver for their laptop or tablet, like the DTV111 from Coby Electronics. Watch this short video to get a glimpse of how this technology works.

Radio-enabled mobile phones provide another way for consumers to get vital emergency information when storms are looming. Again, even when cell towers are down or congested, radio-enabled phones are able to receive local broadcasts over-the-air, keeping you informed and safe. For a list of radio-enabled phones from major wireless carriers, click here.

Broadcasters take their role as first informers very seriously and local stations around the country are innovating to keep viewers safe and meet your needs of on-demand information.

Remember, when the storms roll in your local broadcasters will help you stay safe and stay informed!

May 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm Leave a comment

The Mobile 500 Alliance to launch new mobile TV service this summer

The annual NAB Show always dazzles attendees with the latest broadcast innovations and gadgets, and this year was no exception.  The growing adoption of mobile television took center stage at this year’s show, with many vendors demonstrating new consumer devices that will hit stores this summer.

We caught up with John Lawson from the Mobile 500 Alliance and asked about his company’s new mobile TV offerings.  The Mobile 500 Alliance service includes 437 individual stations and reaches 94% of the U.S. population.  This summer, it will also be available via an iPhone/iPad app with the purchase of a small adapter, and will include over-the-air mobile TV broadcasts with no monthly fees or hefty mobile data charges.  It even includes DVR functionality to record and pause live TV!

Watch our interview with John Lawson and see a demo of the Mobile 500 service below:

May 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

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