Posted on January 13th, 2010 No comments
Mobile Digital TV At CES 2010
Among the hundreds of new and inovative electronic devices that were presented at the 2010 Consumer Electronis show (CES) in Las Vegas this month a few were centered around the Mobile Digital market. Lets take a closer look at one of these unique devices, called the Tivit, that was demonstrated at the CES Mobile DTV TechZone sponsored by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC).
TIVIT – Winner in the MP3 and Portable video Players Category.
This device is designed to receive the ATSC standard signal and transmit that signal via Wi-Fi to your mobile phone. Produced by Valups, a South Korean vendor of set-top receivers. Adapted from a similar device used by
iPhone and iPod Touch owners in both Japan and Korea. The Tivit will be part of a trial test this first quarter of 2010 in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas. Eight local broadcast stations will participate, sending signals that will be received by several different types of mobile devices such as a PC, iPhone or some models of Blackberry. ( Software Apps are required to be downloaded inorder to use )
At 2 inches by 3.5 inches and 1/2 inch thick ( about the size of a deck of cards ) this unit will probably be available in the spring of 2010. Battery-powered, comes with a USB port and wall adapter for charging, and will probably last about three hours of viewing on a single charge. You could, however, leave it on charge for continued use within a 50 ft radius. Estimated price for the Tivit will be somewhere between $90 and $120 US dollars.
This is only one of many devices that will be showcased during the trial period. Sprint and Samsung will make available 300 Mobile DTV ready Samsung Moment cell phones for collaborative testing. The Dell Company will supply hundreds of Mobile DTV equiped Inspiron Mini 10 netbook computers and LG will provide battery-powered Mobile Digital Televisions. the Washington, D.C. Baltimore consumers involved in this showcase will provide usage information that will be evaluated by the OMVC.
Open Mobile Video Coalition
A voluntary association of television broadcasters whose mission is to accelerate the development of mobile digital television in the United States. It’s composed of 29 current members that own over 450 commercial television stations, as well as Association of Public Television Stations, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting Service, which represent an additional 360 public television stations.