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LG Demos DTV Capable Phones

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Apr 1, 2009, 1:33 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

LG demonstrated new handsets that are capable of receiving free digital TV transmissions over the air. LG loaded its ATSC Mobile Digital Television (DTV) system onto prototypes of its Lotus and Voyager handsets to demonstrate how it works. LG tweaked power management on the handsets, allowing users can view up to four hours of digital TV. These phones were created for demonstration purposes only, but show that mobile phones are capable of receiving free, over-the-air DTV broadcasts. LG didn't say if or when it would offer phones with these capabilities built in.

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japhy

Apr 1, 2009, 2:40 PM

Incredible!

This is actually kinda neato - it's something that has a lot more potential than the pre-packaged ephemeral junk that MobiTV & the like have had for a few years, and potentially a bit more than the MediaFlo stuff that the carriers have been shilling for the past year.

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.
price it like a tv $499, just need an HD screen :-)

agreed neat-o Cool
I agree, this is awesome!

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!),

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aegrotatio

Apr 6, 2009, 10:08 PM

Cannot work in a vehicle

One thing that keeps this technology out of our hands is that ATSC is unable to work in a moving vehicle. It simply cannot handle the Doppler effect like DVB-T overseas can.
ATSC is a stupid, stupid system.
MediaFLO is the only real and working mobile handset TV system in the US, unfortunately.
 
 
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