Las Vegas - Digital Stream, licensee of the RCA brand for
portable TV products, used International CES to unveil four mobile Digital TV
products equipped with dual tuners to receive optimal picture quality both at
home and in motion.
The new products, which the company said will be shipping to
market shortly, include handheld TVs in both 3.5-inch and 7-inch screen sizes,
and an automobile-based Mobile DTV tuner designed to connect to car
The new RCA products tap into a new mobile broadcast signal currently
being delivered by more than 70 TV broadcasters across the country. The new
transmission system, called ATSC-Mobile/Handheld, will enable receiving digital
TV broadcasts while portable display devices are in motion at speeds exceeding
"Our new portable TVs will be the first handheld hybrid
television receivers in the U.S. market, and the new Mobile DTV functionality
makes it possible for viewers to enjoy their favorite programs as well as local
news, weather, and sports wherever they go," said Chris Lee Digital Stream
sales and marketing VP. "Whether
watching on a train, in the backseat of a car, or just relaxing at home, RCA
pocket TV sets will be ideal companions. We are closely monitoring the rollout
of Mobile DTV market by market, and we are working with retailers that are
interested in bringing these new options to viewers."
The new RCA-branded products include a 3.5-inch hybrid portable television
-- model DMT335R ($109 suggested retail price) -- featuring an LED LCD screen,
dual ATSC and ATSC-M/H tuning, AC power or up to four hours of playback time on
rechargeable AA batteries, real-time
signal strength indicator, closed captioning capability, easel-back stand,
English/Spanish display and monopole antenna.
The 3.5-inch hybrid portable TV -- model DMT336R ($149 suggested
retail price) -- features a widescreen,
LED LCD screen, dual ATSC and ATSC-M/H tuners, FM radio reception, AC power or
up to four hours of playback time on internal lithium- polymer battery,
real-time signal strength indicator, closed captioning capability, easel-back
stand, English/Spanish display and monopole antenna.
The 7-inch hybrid portable TV -- model DMT270R ($169 suggested
retail price) - features an 800 by 480-pixel resolution widescreen LCD with a 500:1
contrast ratio, dual ATSC and ATSC-M/H tuners, AC power or up to three hours of
playback time on a built-in rechargeable lithium-polymer battery, real-time
signal-strength indicator, closed captioning capability, easel-back stand, English/Spanish
display and 360-degree adjustable antenna.
The pocket mobile DTV car tuner -- model DMT3BR ($119) -- features
a compact design, hybrid ATSC or Mobile DTV reception, remote control and a
monopole antenna. It is powered by the car's charging system.
To view a "signal reception map" of ATSC-M/H channels available
in each area, check www.omvc.org.