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 infotainment systems.
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 70 mph.
"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