CES: Escort Adds Android Devices to Mobile DTV Receiver
Expanded capabilities will allow Android smartphone and tablet users to view live, local mobile DTV broadcasts
By George Winslow -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/4/2013 12:28:38 PMComplete Coverage: CES 2013
Automotive accessory manufacturer Escort Inc. has announced plans to expand the compatibility of its Escort MobileTV accessory so that Android tablets and smartphones will be able to use it to receive mobile DTV broadcasts. .
In December 2012, the Escort MobileTV accessory, which is a miniature digital TV receiver that allows users to get mobile DTV broadcasts, launched with compatibility for Apple's iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.
The upgraded Escort MobileTV accessory will work with that new iDTV USA app, which will soon be available on the Google Play Store, so that Android devices can get the signals.
The Dyle mobile DTV broadcast has been launched by more than 90 stations in 35 markets reaching upwards of 55% of the population.
"By addressing the significant installed base of Android smartphones and tablets, Escort will play an important role in making Mobile TV available to a large segment of US consumers," noted Salil Dalvi and Erik Moreno, co-general managers of Mobile Content Venture.
"Teaming up with iDTV USA and Dyle mobile TV has enabled Escort to deliver mobile digital TV for customers on the go," added John Larson, president and CEO of Escort, in a statement. "Adding to our successful product release of the Apple compatible Escort MobileTV, we are now including Android customers who will soon be able to view their favorite TV programs while traveling."
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