Cellphone company MetroPCS says it will sell phones with TV tuners this year, offering its customers access to local TV stations.
MetroPCS Communications, Inc. and the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) are partnering to enable MetroPCS customers to watch live, local broadcast television on their mobile phones later this year. MetroPCS will be the first wireless service provider to offer Dyle Mobile TV to users on devices that are pre-loaded with the Dyle application. Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) will provide the first smartphone with Dyle, an Android device, using ATSC-Mobile technology.
Dyle Mobile TV is the consumer-facing brand launched by MCV that will deliver live mobile television content from 15 broadcast groups including Pearl LLC (Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media) as well as FOX, ION Television, Bahakel, Univision, Telemundo and NBC. At launch, MCV expects to offer the mobile video service on more than 72 stations in 32 markets covering more than 50 percent of the U.S. population.
Dyle will enable mobile consumers, for the first time, to watch live national and local news, sports, and entertainment programming via a broadcast television signal.
Samsung smartphones with Dyle will be available later this year in MetroPCS markets. It's unclear whether MetroPCS Communications Inc. plans to charge for TV access.
MetroPCS, MCV and Samsung Mobile will be demonstrating Dyle live mobile digital television service next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 10-13.