Wiflow TV to Stream OTA TV to Mobile Devices

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While putting the final touches on his technology and awaiting patent approval, Raj Karamchedu is dreaming of the day he can walk into a Starbucks and see a sticker on the door that not only says, “Wi-Fi Available,” but also “Wiflow TV Available.”

Karamchedu is the founder of Wiflow TV — a small Silicon Valley-based company that has developed a technology to deliver the legacy ATSC broadcast television signal to all consumer devices — TVs, smartphones and tablets — using the same pipeline that wireless Internet is delivered through without needing a built-in TV tuner or an attached TV antenna. As a result, in-home reception can become as strong as having a 30-foot antenna installed atop a roof, while only using three to four micro-antennas. The technology also allows the ATSC — not the mobile DTV — signal to be broadcast in cars potentially traveling as fast as 65 mph.

The company wants to put a full working solution by year’s end and is now actively looking for funding, specifically from some familiar organizations to the broadcast community: The Mobile500 Alliance and Dyle, the two companies behind today’s mobile DTV efforts.

“Mobile500 and Dyle should buy us out, give us about a year and we’ll get them going,” says Karamchedu. “Let’s say that about 20,000 people have downloaded the Dyle app on their phone today. If they work with us, we’ll make the entire United States access that app.”
A traditional OTA TV model grabs the signal from a broadcast tower using an antenna, feeds it into a TV’s ATSC tuner, then demodulates that signal to the picture that shows up on the screen. Wiflow takes a slightly different approach.

Scattering two to four powered micro-antennas that are no bigger than an average wallet throughout a home, the signal is grabbed from over-the-air, fed into an ATSC tuner and then into a Wi-Fi transmitter. That OTA signal becomes a wireless signal that goes into a Wi-Fi receiver and then into a box with Wiflow TV’s technology built-in that essentially bonds together the reception from the multiple antennas and feeds one strong signal into another Wi-Fi transmitter.
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After reading this I'm wondering if the inventer really wants the technology to work, or if he simply wants to get bought out by the broadcasting industry. Essentually it makes the current mobile DTV system obsolete and would allow broadcasters to use their spectrum for regular ATSC broadcasts rather than having to use some for mobile. But, like Aereo, if broadcasters don't buy it out, it won't produce retransmission or subscription fees.
 
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