Mobile DTV has been a hot topic this week at the 2013 NAB Show.
While more stations have agreed to transmit a mobile signal in the past few weeks, the number one consumer complaint about the service that brings over-the-air TV to mobile devices for free without using data or Wi-Fi, is that there aren’t enough channels available.
For example, in Denver, where I live, the NBC affiliate KUSA is the only available station. Lucky for me that I enjoy their newscasts. But what about fans of ABC affiliate KMGH or Fox affiliate KDVR?
Erik Moreno, co-manager of the Dyle network, one of two consortiums trying to make mobile DTV a success, said in a panel session at NAB Tuesday, that it doesn’t cost too much for station to go mobile — especially compared to the cost it takes Verizon to build up their LTE network.
So, how much would it cost to get 750 or so broadcast stations onboard with a mobile signal? $300 million.
“We could build a network nationwide with $300 million,” says Moreno, adding it would take Verizon $25 billion to build out a LTE network.
“For us as an industry… let’s aggregate $300 million and go and do it.”