Santa Fe Springs, Calif. - Digital Stream, the licensee of the RCA brand for portable TV devices, said Monday that has started shipping a new line of RCA portable TVs including some that include tuners for mobile digital TV reception.
The line includes a mix of models offering either rechargeable built-in batteries or AA batteries, and models that receive standard digital TV broadcasts or both standard DTV and new mobile DTV signals for reception in motion.
Models equipped with the mobile DTV tuners will enable receiving signals even when the set is moving at speeds surpassing 60 miles per hour, as long as the transmission is within range.
All of the new sets are designed to receive local news broadcasts, emergency information, and favorite broadcasts from TV and radio stations, the company said.
"Our new Portable TVs allow viewers to experience a variety of local programming including news and weather broadcasts at any time from local TV stations," stated Chris Lee, Digital Stream sales and marketing VP. "We encourage people everywhere to be prepared for emergencies by having a battery-operated TV at the ready, and we're offering a variety of models that should be attractive for any budget."
Highlights of the new line include the following:
The "Storm Ready" model DHT235C (shipping now at an $89 suggested retail price), which billed as a pocket-sized LCD television well suited to receive news and weather broadcasts over traditional DTV (ATSC) broadcasts. It is powered for up to three hours with four AA batteries, and includes a 3.5-inch LED-backlit LCD screen, signal strength indicator, closed captioning, easel back stand, silver/black finish cabinet, and built-in monopole antenna.
The "Hybrid Portable" television model DMT335R (shipping now at $119 with free shipping), which features a 3.5-inch LCD screen with LED back lighting, regular ATSC digital TV reception, and hybrid AC and DC power options.
The unit includes an AC power adapter and can run for three hours on four AA batteries. It also includes a real time signal strength indicator, closed captioning, easel back stand and bronze/black finish, English/Spanish display and a built-in monopole antenna.
The Mobile DTV and Radio model DMT336R (shipping at $159 with free shipping), features a 3.5-inch LCD screen with LED backlighting, hybrid ATSC and ATSC-M/H mobile DTV reception, FM radio reception, AC power or up to 4 hours of playback time on internal Li-Poly battery, real time signal strength indicator, closed captioning capability, easel back stand, English/Spanish display and built-in monopole antenna. This model also comes in black or white.
The Widescreen Mobility model DMT270R ($170 with free shipping), features a 7-inch 800-by-480 high resolution widescreen LCD with a 500:1 contrast ratio, hybrid ATSC or Mobile DTV reception, AC power or up to 3 hours of playback time on a built-in Li-Poly battery that can recharge while plugged in to a wall outlet or an auto power source.
The unit also features a real time signal strength indicator, closed captioning capability, easel back stand, English/Spanish display and 360 degree adjustable antenna.
The company said that more than 70 local broadcast stations throughout the country are now transmitting both standard digital and mobile digital television signals.
The new Mobile DTV broadcasts add the flexibility of movement to the TV viewing experience - in the back seat of a car, on a train, or just about anywhere in the viewing area of a local station.
A comprehensive list of available Mobile DTV channels is available on the "Signal Map" tab of
, the web site of the Open Mobile Video Coalition of broadcasters.