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Our Area the First to Get Mobile T.V.

Classic “good news / bad news”…

It’s official.  WUSA Channel 9 is going mobile this summer.  So are the D.C. affiliates of NBC and PBS.

Cell phoneYou’ll be able to watch everything from the evening news to CSI or Law & Order to your favorite soap operas and game shows – anything these local network affiliates broadcast, including the ads.  Good news for T.V. fans!  But there’s another side to the story…

It seems that wireless carriers have no plans to offer “Mobile T.V.” because they already offer their own subscription-based TV services.  

D.C. was reportedly chosen as a test market for Mobile T.V. (DTV) because of the area’s “tech-savvy viewers” but two dozen other cities can look forward to the new service by the end of 2009.  Perhaps by that time the wireless carriers will get on board – particularly if their customers communicate a desire for it.

Cell phone carriers could drop the ball on this opportunity, but computer manufacturers are scurrying to develop mobile DTV receivers.  In fact, Dell reportedly plans to show a prototype of a laptop with built-in mobile DTV this week at a Las Vegas trade show for the National Association of Broadcasters.

Stay tuned for more information as it unfolds…

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