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April 20, 2009

Washington, DC first US market to get free mobile DTV this summer

logo_omvc.jpgWashington, DC will be the first American city to get free mobile TV from local broadcasters, according to the Associated Press. The city has been chosen as a test market by the Open Mobile Video Coalition mainly due to its tech-savvy population, not to mention the local political support. The affiliates involved are expected to begin broadcasting in late summer and include PBS, CBS, NBC, Ion and Fox. While it's not entirely clear which devices will support the initiative--devices will need a mobile DTV receiver--LG, Samsung, Kenwood, and Dell are all supporters of the initiative and will create mobile phones, laptops, and in-car technologies with the needed receivers. Broadcasters hope to launch in more than two dozen other US markets this year, ultimately covering 39% of the American population.

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Posted by Justin Davey at April 20, 2009 7:20 AM

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