Dyle To Renew Push For Mobile DTV Service



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Next week, the company will announce a new product by Audiovox that doesn't require users to plug a dongle into their smartphone or tablet. It's expected to cost $99 and be available this year. The product includes a handheld-sized box with an antenna to pick up the mobile broadcast signal, and then wirelessly delvers that signal to a device using Dyle's app.
By Andrew Dodson
TVNewsCheck, October 4, 2013 5:43 AM EDT

Dyle is expected to announce a new receiver and kick off a big marketing push next week for its mobile DTV service that has struggled to get the attention of consumers.

A representative of Dyle declined to comment on the initiative in advance of the announcement, but speaking publicly at the NAB Small Market Television Exchange last week in Phoenix, Pat LaPlatney, VP digital media and business development at Raycom Media, gave a sneak peek. Raycom is a member of the Mobile Content Venture, the consortium of major TV station groups behind Dyle.
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According to LaPlatney, the new receiver is a handheld-size box with an antenna from Audiovox. It picks up the mobile DTV signal, and then wirelessly delivers it to mobile devices in the immediate area that have downloaded the Dyle app. It should be available for $99, according to LaPlatney. The app is available for free in the iTunes App Store.

The device provides an alternative to dongles that are plugged into mobile devices and are now the only way to receive mobile DTV.

Since its inception in 2012, Dyle, and mobile DTV in general, has struggled to take off. The company has convinced only one cellular carrier and smartphone vendor — Metro PCS and Samsung's Galaxy S Lightray on MetroPCS — to include a mobile DTV tuner inside a phone. However, that phone is no longer available from the carrier online.

More important, two of the major broadcast networks, CBS and ABC, have not joined the Dyle consortium. They are working on delivering their signals to smartphones and tablets by streaming them.
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Earlier this year, CBS bought a minority stake in streaming company Syncbak. And since May, ABC has rolled out its Watch ABC app to its eight O&Os. The app lets users with a pay TV subscription watch the live linear feed of the local broadcast on iOS and Android mobile devices.

Today, Dyle's service is available in 39 markets, reaching 57% of the U.S. population.

Dyle updated their webpage today. http://www.dyle.tv/devices/audiovox-mobiletv-receiver/ I would have liked to have seen BOTH a regular ATSC and an ATSC-M/H tuner, but that is just me.

Also, the latest update is that the RCA tablet is coming.
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