Mobile DTV Now Offered on 96 Stations

Two-thirds of US households will have the ability to watch live over the air TV on their mobile devices by early 2012, according to the Open Mobile Video Coalition of America.

Two-thirds of US households will have the ability to watch live over the air TV on their mobile devices by early 2012, according to a member survey of the Open Mobile Video Coalition of America about the reach of Mobile Digital Television.

Mobile DTV is a term used to describe the platform that enables local TV stations to deliver live digital television content to supported devices including smartphones, tablets and laptop computers.

Ninety-six stations are now on-the-air with Mobile DTV and the total number of Mobile DTV stations is expected to grow to 126 in 48 markets by the end of the year, the survey suggests.

In related news. OMVC's Mobile DTV Trust Authority, managed by Neustar, is now operational and in discussions with several companies developing Mobile DTV products operating with conditional access.

"OMVC members are making the investments needed to make Mobile DTV available to millions of viewers," said Colleen Brown, CEO of Fisher Communications and chair of the Mobile 500 Alliance, which represents more than 400 local TV broadcasters who are planning to add Mobile DTV capability to their digital broadcasts. "Mobile DTV channels now being transmitted are providing viewers with the latest news, emergency weather information, traffic updates, and their favorite programs."

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