As expected, Dyle has announced a new mobile DTV receiver that can pick up a mobile broadcast signal, and then wirelessly deliver it to multiple mobile devices in the immediate area using the Dyle app.
The receiver, as first reported by TVNewsCheck last week, is from Audiovox and is expected to retail for $99.
The new receiver marks the first time that Android-powered smartphone users can watch mobile DTV on their device. Previous receivers from Belkin, Elgato and Escort — all of which required the user to plug a dongle into their device — were for Apple’s iPhone or iPad only. Data or Wi-Fi isn’t required for mobile DTV, as the receiver picks up over-the-air broadcast signals in select markets.
Today, Dyle’s service is available in 39 markets, reaching 57% of the U.S. population.
Erik Moreno, co-general manager of Dyle, said the new receiver marks a pivotal point for the company, which has struggled to capture the attention of consumers.
“We look forward to continuing to expand our network footprint and ability to deliver service to a wider consumer audience of iOS and Android users,” he said in a statement.