Dell's ATSC mobile TV-equipped Inspiron Mini, which debuted at CES, is an essay in the mobile TV ecosystem. The netbook integrates Hauppage Computer Works' ATSC-M/H tuner, MaxLinear's RF receiver, and LG's HD chip. The mobile TV netbook also features Roundbox's electronic service guide and mobile DTV widgets, which unite the mobile TV and mobile Web experiences.
Mobile TV is a natural for Dell, according to Dell Technology strategist for mobile consumer products James Clardy. "We already have mobile TV deployed commercially in Japan, Brazil and China." In addition, Dell has also deployed DVB-T in Europe and Asia, as well as fixed ATSC.
Dell is providing netbooks for the OMVC's mobile TV trial in Washington, D.C., later this year. Commercial launch of the mobile TV Inspiron is expected in the fall of this year.