Nation's Capital to Be Free Mobile TV Test Bed
A handful of television broadcasters in the Washington, D.C., area are set to announce a trial of free mobile broadcasts that will let devices such as cell phones and laptops view local DTV broadcasts. The signals, which will be identical to those broadcast to regular televisions, will launch over the summer. The networks participating include CBS, NBC, PBS, Ion and a local FOX-owned station. The broadcasters haven't said exactly what types of devices will be supported. Most of today's cell phones don't have the necessary receiver built in. AT&T and Verizon Wireless already use Qualcomm's MediaFLO technology to provide mobile TV content to phones. Both require subscriptions. The networks have indicated that they will expand to another score of major markets by the end of 2009, covering 39% of households in the U.S.
Facebook Live to Reach Android Phones This Week
Facebook today said it is expanded the availability of its Facebook Live video feature to people who use Android devices. Until now, the feature had been restricted to Apple iPhones.
Facebook Expands Live Video to All US iPhone Owners
Facebook today increased the set of people able to make use of its live video feature to all iPhone owners in the U.S. Facebook first tested the service with celebrities and public figures before expanding to a small set of iPhone users back in December.
LG to Enable FM Radio In All Phones Moving Forward
LG today said it will ensure that all its future smartphones ship with active FM radios. Sometimes LG and/or its carrier partners leave FM radios, included in nearly all phones, inert.
AT&T Says More Local Channels Coming to DirecTV Now
AT&T today said more major broadcasters around the country are supporting DirecTV Now, it's mobile- and internet-based television service. According to AT&T, ABC is available in 30 new markets, NBC is available in 4 new markets, and FOX has expanded to one new market.