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Of course, there's almost no way something like this would ever be brought to market, just because there's almost no way for carriers to monetize it, and by the time it gets to market, it's likely mobile web & TV services will be to the point that competition from broadcast TV won't be a big deal.
I don't agree that it won't come though - carriers are already getting 'yelled' at for crippling different phones built in capabilities, ie GPS, but they are loosening their grips at bit (aka VZW!),
I think all it wi...
Cannot work in a vehicle
ATSC is a stupid, stupid system.
MediaFLO is the only real and working mobile handset TV system in the US, unfortunately.