MygoTV Mobile DTV Receivers Go Fast


Last week I reported on mobile DTV receivers currently available from Amazon and other retailers. Last weekend Innovative DTV Solutions, Inc. announced 3.5-inch and 7-inch MygoTV receivers capable of receiving both conventional MPEG-2 ATSC broadcasts and the new ATSC Mobile DTV broadcasts. The 3.5-inch receivers, including the MygoTV Model DMT336R 3.5" Mobile Radio DTV receiver with FM radio have a 320x240 pixel, 4:3 aspect ratio display that doesn't match the full ATSC Mobile DTV 419x240 resolution. The MygoTV Model DMT270R 7-inch Mobile DTV receiver has a 16:9 800x480 pixel display but doesn't include an FM radio.

Be aware that Amazon is selling MygoTV receivers that don't include ATSC Mobile DTV! Don't be confused by these lower cost devices. I did not find any of the newer MygoTV receivers with ATSC Mobile DTV capability on Amazon or any other retailers' web sites.

MygoTV's web site has a Mobile DTV Store but all of the Mobile DTV receivers are shown as sold out—amazing since the receivers were first announced Sunday! If any readers managed to grab one of these receivers I'd appreciate hearing how they work. Chip manufacturers are still improving ATSC Mobile DTV receiver chips so I'd expect improved tuners to become available within the next six months. However, with the 3.5-inch mobile DTV receiver listed at $109.00, $40 less than Target/'s price for a Jensen standard ATSC only handheld receiver, it may be worth the risk.

Now that Mobile DTV receivers are appearing on the market and apparently selling out fast, broadcasters need to move quickly to get mobile DTV broadcasts on the air!

Doug Lung

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.