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Is A “Dongle” On Your Holiday Wish List This Year?

The holiday season is officially upon us! Before you pack up the kids to go over the mountain and through the woods to grandma’s house, make sure you can make the car ride even more enjoyable for everyone by having free TV on your iPhone or iPad!

The Elgato mobile TV dongle plugs into your iPhone or iPad turning it into a portable television, without the worry of data charges since it relies on signals directly from your local TV stations.

This first of its kind device in the U.S. market can connect to Apple devices and is available in all markets where TV stations are transmitting mobile TV signals.

Mobile TV allows you to stay informed and entertained on the go with the same local and national broadcast news and entertainment programming that you receive on your TV at home. This is live TV, not streaming. And because it uses the broadcast TV airwaves, not the Internet, an unlimited number of viewers can watch on their iPhones and iPads at the same time without buffering.

Dongles have been extremely popular since their debut in early November. In fact, dongles are so popular they are flying off the shelves, making it challenging for the manufacturers and retailers to keep up with demand.

Whether waiting to board a plane or driving to see loved ones over the holidays, users are able to watch their favorite broadcast TV programs live and on the go – for free – with the Elgato mobile TV receiver. With all the expenses that are rung up during the holidays, this is something all consumers can cheer about!

November 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Mobile TV is here!

Samsung and MetroPCS unveil new smartphone with live, local TV!

An exciting development in the future of TV occurred last week when wireless carrier MetroPCS and Samsung Mobile unveiled the new Samsung Galaxy S® LightrayTM 4G*. This Android™ smartphone is the first in the U.S. to offer live, local broadcast television with Dyle™ mobile TV.

Now consumers can stay informed and entertained on the go with the same local and national sports, news and entertainment programming on your mobile phones as you receive on your TV at home. This is live TV, not streaming. And because it uses the TV airwaves, not the Internet, it does not count against your data cap. Also, unlike streaming video over the Internet, an unlimited number of viewers can watch on their smartphones at the same time without buffering.

This service is currently available in 35 markets, reaching over 55 percent of the US population. Additional markets and stations will be added in the future.

Mobile TV can be used anywhere that the TV spectrum can reach, no need for an Internet connection or WiFi access. So where will you watch mobile TV? On your commute to work? Waiting to pick the kids up from school? At the stadium during the big game? Tell us in the comments below!

August 6, 2012 at 8:36 am 7 comments

Wanted: “Game-changers” in mobile development

In the ongoing charge to bring exciting media and programming to consumers in innovative ways, one broadcasting company is partnering with a prominent area university to challenge the next generation of engineers to develop new ideas in mobile development.

That’s right; it’s time for Notre Dame University students to put on their “thinkin’ caps,” because the university’s Computer Science and Engineering program is partnering with local broadcasting business Schurz Communications in a first-of-its kind “Innovation Challenge!”

Intrigued? Us too! Undergrads, graduate students and faculty members are being encouraged to “consider real-world digital solutions and opportunities for 21st-century media companies” specifically focusing on mobile development.

Schurz vice president of Digital Media, Kerry Oslund, said, “We’re eager to dig in with brilliant Notre Dame technologists and invite them to also consider broadcast digital television, not only in delivering fully-produced content to stationary and mobile devices, but as a fast, efficient, reliable, way to deliver data to all devices and for purposes we haven’t yet imagined ourselves.”

To assist in the creation of these new solutions, “students and faculty will… receive secure access to custom feeds, real world databases, developer tools and application programing interfaces (API’s)from Schurz Communications’ wide array of media businesses.”

What a great idea, encouraging young entrepreneurs and innovation in an area that is ripe for growth. Good luck to all the participants – we can’t wait to see what you create!


July 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Hold onto your hat – hurricane season is on the way

The bad news is that June 1 marks the start of hurricane season. The good news, however, is that you can stay safe by tuning in to your local TV and radio stations to get critical emergency information. And many of you can tune in on the go using your smartphone or tablet, even if power lines are down and cell networks are congested.

How is that possible? More stations than ever before are broadcasting mobile channels. Mobile TV is delivered from your local stations to your mobile device using over-the-air technology, not wireless networks. Not only does that mean you can still receive local emergency information even when cell towers are down, but it also means there are no additional data streaming charges.

Your phone will need to be enabled with a chip – check here to see if your device already has those capabilities built-in. If it is not, consumers in many areas can purchase a USB flash drive-sized mobile TV receiver for their laptop or tablet, like the DTV111 from Coby Electronics. Watch this short video to get a glimpse of how this technology works.

Radio-enabled mobile phones provide another way for consumers to get vital emergency information when storms are looming. Again, even when cell towers are down or congested, radio-enabled phones are able to receive local broadcasts over-the-air, keeping you informed and safe. For a list of radio-enabled phones from major wireless carriers, click here.

Broadcasters take their role as first informers very seriously and local stations around the country are innovating to keep viewers safe and meet your needs of on-demand information.

Remember, when the storms roll in your local broadcasters will help you stay safe and stay informed!

May 30, 2012 at 10:50 pm Leave a comment

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