WHUT-TV Commits to Launching M-EAS
WASHINGTON: Howard University’s WHUT-TV is the first TV station serving
Washington, D.C. to commit to launching Mobile Emergency Alert System service.
The announcement was made at an event marking the commercial launch of mobile
DTV. WHUT, a Public Broadcasting Service member station, reaches around 2
million viewers. The mobile EAS system is designed to transmit rich-media
formatted messages to devices that decode mobile DTV signals. It leverages the IP-centric
ATSC M/H transmission standard to broadcast video, audio, photos and graphics
in addition to text. Prototype LG mobile phones were used to demonstrate the
service on Capitol Hill today.
Jefferi K. Lee, general manager of WHUT-TV, said M-EAS was a “prime example of
our strategic mission to serve the community… For better or worse, Washington D.C.,
is at the epicenter of emergencies from time to time, including both manmade events
and natural disasters like the derecho storm and ‘Snowmaggedon.’ M-EAS, with
its one-to-many broadcast architecture, will give area residents access to
immediate alerts at home, at school, at work and on the go, event when the
power’s out and the cell network is down.”
WHUT’s announcement follows a year-long pilot program involving several PBS
member stations as well as KOMO-TV in Seattle. WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., recently
demonstrated M-EAS for local first responders. No timetable was given for the
actual launch of the service at WHUT, which will be supported by LG Electronics,
Harris and PBS.
September 17, 2012: Broadcasters
Prepare for Mobile DTV Launch
When mobile DTV rolls out in about 50 markets during the next
few months, the service will rely more heavily than originally envisioned on
peripheral “dongles,” initially priced at more than $100 each, that enable
smartphones and tablets to receive signals.
September 12, 2012: WRAL-TV
to Demo Mobile EAS
WRAL will demonstrate mobile EAS tomorrow, making it the
first commercial station to light up the service. M-EAS will be able to
transmit multimedia emergency messages to receivers that decode mobile DTV