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CEA plugs Plugfest

Fri, 12/11/2009 - 7:25am
Brian Santo

The Consumer Electronics Association said it wrapped a Plugfest held to test interoperability among mobile TV broadcast and display devices, but the CEA neglected to even generally characterize the results.

Representatives of the CEA weren’t immediately available for comment.

Any number of consumer electronics companies and broadcasters are looking to establish mobile TV as a more widespread service. The technology is still fairly new, however, and so requires some demonstration that it works as intended.

To that end, the CEA held an ATSC Mobile DTV Plugfest focused on testing against the recently approved ATSC standard for mobile DTV, involving four independently developed transmission systems, 12 receiver systems and four software vendors.

Companies participating included: Axcera, Dell, DTV Interactive Co., Elgato Systems, Expway, Grass Valley, Harris, JVC-Kenwood, LG Electronics, Pixtree, Roundbox and Samsung.

The ATSC Mobile DTV standard was approved on Oct. 15. Consumer electronics manufacturers are working through a CEA Mobile DTV special interest group to move the technology from concept to standard and bring products to market for consumers to enjoy in 2010. For consumers, this standard will allow the ability to watch live, local TV broadcasts on a variety of mobile and video devices.

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