Wireless innovator MetroPCS Communications Inc. is teaming with the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) to provide MetroPCS customers with live, local broadcast TV – dubbed Dyle Mobile TV – on new Samsung wireless phones later this year.
MetroPCS will be the first wireless carrier to offer Dyle Mobile TV on devices pre-loaded with the Dyle application. Currently, Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) will provide the first Dyle smartphone, a premium Android device, using ATSC-Mobile technology.
Dyle Mobile TV is the consumer-facing brand launched by MCV aimed at delivering live mobile-TV content from 15 major broadcast groups: Pearl LLC (Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media), Fox, ION Television, Bahakel, Univision, Telemundo and NBC. At launch, MCV expects to offer the service on more than 72 stations in 32 markets covering more than 50 percent of the U.S. population.
Samsung smartphones with Dyle will be available later this year in the following MetroPCS markets and surrounding areas: Atlanta; Boston; Dallas-Fort Worth; Detroit; Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento; New York City; and Philadelphia.
MetroPCS, MCV and Samsung Mobile will be demonstrating Dyle next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
In separate but related CES news, computer-accessories provider Accell plans to tout its MHL cable, a product it says provides a direct connection from MHL-enabled mobile devices to MHL-enabled HDTVs, allowing consumers to view and share high-def content.
According to Accell, “MHL technology is a rapidly growing HD audio/video connectivity standard that enables a mobile device with MHL technology to deliver 1080p uncompressed video with as many as eight channels of digital audio. MHL-enabled HDTVs and displays also provide power back to the mobile device when connected, ensuring that the phone battery is charged and ready to use.”
Here’s what Accell says its new MHL cable can do:
• Transmit HD video up to 1080p and 7.1 surround sound audio with no latency, good for gaming;
• Support continuous charging of the mobile device when connected; and
• Support the MHL feature of controlling the connected device with the TV remote.