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OTA Tablet TV to Launch This Fall

LAS VEGAS—Tablet Television LLC will conducts its first beta market test in San Francisco and start commercial operations in the fall 2014. Tablet TV, a joint venture of Motive Television plc and Granite Broadcasting, is an over-the-air, ATSC-based service for tablet computers, with no subscription fee, cable, satellite or Internet required.

This service will enable viewers to watch and record live, HD broadcast content in every market in the U.S. and, in association with local broadcasting partners, will be able to provide on-demand packages. Additional features such as fully integrated social television will be available to Internet connected viewers.

Tablet TV will conduct its first full market beta test this summer in San Francisco. The beta test will be conducted in partnership with Granite’s KOFY-TV. Leading up to the San Francisco launch, Tablet TV expects to work with Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc. to fine tune its feature and service offering, as well as its consumer marketing efforts. Tablet TV expects to commence commercial operations in fall 2014.

The service is enabled by a proprietary app and a “T-Pod” antenna tuner. Tablet TV subscribers will be able to download a selection of video-on-demand movies and programs without the need for Internet access and, when they are connected, use integrated social networking and access anything available over the Internet.

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March 27, 2013Motive Television Teams with KOFY-TV for OTA Tablet TV Pilot
Motive, a London-based television software and services company, announced plans to install a full-featured demonstration of its technology that delivers live broadcast television and video-on-demand to tablets and smartphones in San Francisco beginning mid 2013.

January 17, 2014—Motive Television/Granite Broadcasting Plan Tablet TV Service Launch
The system works using a proprietary app and a “T-Pod” antenna-tuner. This week, Motive announced that it had signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding with Ecopro ICT, which is located in Seoul, Korea, to develop and produce T-Pods to specifications developed by Motive. Ecopro ICT will also provide the ATSC middleware software solution that, when combined with the T-Pod and app, will comprise the kit provides to every Tablet TV subscriber.