10.26.2009 10:06 AM
Gray Television readies mobile DTV service in Omaha market

Gray Television, a founding member of Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), is now on the air with a mobile DTV signal at WOWT-DT, its NBC affiliate in Omaha, NE. The station began testing the service to a limited audience in late July and has gradually expanded so that the station's signal can now be received on mobile devices directly from the transmitter.

WOWT’s president and general manager Charlie Peterson said the mobile video signal, using a small portion of the station’s allotted 19.6Mb/s spectrum, can be received virtually anywhere within the station's coverage area.

“This is the future of the television industry,” Peterson said in a statement.

“It's like having a television in your pocket,” said Jim Ocon, Gray's vice president of technology. “Imagine the possibilities during a storm. From an emergency alert perspective, I think it's going to be a must.”

The technology uses a special silicon chip to receive a signal from the station's transmitter with a portable device (laptop, cell phone, in-car system, etc.). The receiver chip is not yet widely available but when it eventually is — they are currently being manufactured by companies like LG electronics and Samsung and are expected to be available to consumers early next year or possibly late this year — a user will be able to access the news directly without going through a cable or phone service provider.

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Tuesday 03:07 PM
WMUR-TV Says FAA Drone Rules Preclude ENG
The FAA’s current rules and proposed ban on flight over people, requirement of visual line of sight and restriction on nighttime flying, effectively prohibit broadcasters from using UAS for newsgathering. ~ WMUR-TV General Manager Jeff Bartlett

Featured Articles
Discover TV Technology