CEA Holds ATSC Mobile ‘Plugfest'


CES 2010

Arlington, Va. - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today completed hosting the first ever ATSC Mobile DTV Plugfest.

A Plugfest is a technical event designed to provide participating companies with an opportunity to test interoperability of their devices with those of other participating companies, CEA said.

This Plugfest focused on testing against the recently approved ATSC standard for mobile DTV and had over 15 participating companies. The four-day Plugfest was hosted at CEA headquarters with engineers from around the world participating. The Plugfest utilized four independently developed transmission systems, 12 receiver systems and four software vendors.

CEA's technology and standards Brian Markwalter VP said, "CEA is taking a lead role in promoting rapid deployment of Mobile DTV services, and we are delighted to work with our broadcast partners to get this technology into consumers' hands. Mobile DTV utilizes DTV channels and delivers live, on-the-go content to consumers when and where they want. CEA is excited to facilitate this critical interoperability checkpoint as companies extend the capability of broadcast television beyond the home to new platforms."

Companies participating in the first ATSC Mobile DTV Plugfest included: Axcera, Dell, DTV Interactive, Elgato Systems, Expway, Grass Valley, Harris, JVC-Kenwood, LG Electronics, Pix Tree, Roundbox and Samsung.

During CES in January the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), representing more than 800 TV stations across the country, will sponsor the CES Mobile DTV TechZone in the Central Hall of the LVCC.


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