– Hundreds of D.C.-area residents soon will be able to watch local digital TV
broadcasts on a variety of mobile devices through a special demonstration of
the technology coordinated by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC).

organization said that it will launch its Mobile DTV Consumer Showcase on May
3, continuing throughout the summer.

For the first time, viewers will be able
to watch local digital TV broadcasts on specially-equipped cell phones,
netbooks and portable media players, as well as through an adapter that can
send the signals to laptops, iPhones and iPads.

The demonstration also will
feature interactive voting and polling, interactive advertising, electronic
program guides and the transmission of emergency alerts and closed captioning.

In all, nine local stations will transmit more than 20 programs, with mobile
signals controlled from a new network operations center located at WUSA-TV.

organizers will distribute a limited number of specially equipped cell phones
and netbooks beginning next month, with consumer focus groups planning to
distribute other equipment this summer.


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