Belkin to Debut Mobile DTV Devices Later This Year
LAS VEGAS—Consumer electronics firm
Belkin has signed an agreement with Mobile Content Venture, a consortium of
broadcasters promoting Mobile DTV, to develop and market products and apps that
will allow consumers to view MCV’s Dyle Mobile TV service on the estimated 120
million smartphones and tablets on the U.S. market later this year.
Dyle Mobile TV is the
consumer-facing brand launched by MCV to deliver live mobile television content
from 15 major broadcast groups including 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) as
well as Fox, ION Television, Univision, Bahakel, Telemundo, and NBC. At launch,
Dyle will be available from more than 72 stations in 32 markets, reaching
approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population.
Last week, the group announced its
first Mobile TV deal with an established carrier, MetroPCS, to begin offering
the service on a Samsung Android smartphone later this year.
"MCV's partnership with Belkin
means we can address the large, and growing, installed base of smartphone and
tablet devices with the Dyle mobile TV technology," said Salil Dalvi and
Erik Moreno, co-General Managers of MCV. "This adds to significant
progress we have already made in gathering together some of the largest
broadcasters in the country and delivering the kind of live programming
consumers want to mobile devices via a robust technology platform."
"At Belkin, we embrace emerging
technologies that make connecting to the things you love easier and more
accessible, and this partnership with MCV underscores that commitment,"
said Brian Van Harlingen, Chief Technology Officer of Belkin. "We look
forward to unveiling a product in early 2012 that will make live television
this week’s CES in Las
Vegas, Belkin will demonstrate
a prototype system with an adaptor and earphone that could be plugged into
existing iPhones and iPads, according to TV Technology sister
publication Broadcasting & Cable. The ear-buds would plug into the adaptor
and also serve as an antenna to receive the mobile DTV signals.
Additional news surrounding the
relationship and product prototypes will be available at the Belkin booth (#30651)
in the South Hall and MCV booth (#13442/#13444) at Central Hall at this week’s
CES in Las Vegas.