There are so many variations on tablets these days — big ones, little ones, cooking tablets, specialized education tablets and even tablets for tiny tots. Now here's another to add to the list: a new Mobile TV Tablet from RCA. (Who knew they were still around?)
This Android-powered device features an 8-inch display (1024×768 res), Cortex A5 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, plus two tuners to snag live TV broadcasts — an OTA (over-the-air) ATSC Mobile DTV tuner and a Dyle TV-compatible tuner. Although iOS users can get it via Elgato's EyeTV Mobile TV Tuner accessory, the only other mobile product with integrated Dyle TV is the Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G smartphone (Metro PCS). Unlike the Lightray, however, it comes in significantly cheaper at $299 (compared to $459) and boasts a much bigger display. It also offers an on-screen program guide and closed captioning, though notably no DVR capabilities.
RCA promises a battery life of up to 10 hours (web browsing), though that gets slashed to four hours for TV viewing. This could undercut its popularity among sportsmen on camping trips or other treks, though it could still be quite handy for people like night-duty workers and others who have access to power. Maybe that's just as well. Dyle TV only delivers a handful of stations, and the ATSC tuner, with its telescoping antenna, needs to stay still to get reception. Even so, some TV-hungry users may flock to this device, as it doesn't consume data like other live TV streaming options or require a WiFi signal.
Interested? The company is showing off the tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, so keep your eyes peeled for demos or hands-on impressions preceding the device's launch this spring.
Watch, Surf, and Play with the RCA Mobile TV Tablet, Delivering Live TV Channels and Go-Anywhere Convenience
Industry's First Dual-Tuner 8" Mobile TV Tablet Available Soon for Over-the-Air Digital and Mobile Broadcasts from Local TV Stations
LAS VEGAS & NEW YORK, Jan 04, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The worlds of TV viewing and handheld computing come together in the new RCA Mobile TV Tablet (Model DDA850R) introduced next week at the International CES as the electronics industry's first dual-tuner mobile TV. This device will include a standard over-the-air DTV tuner, along with a mobile TV tuner that is compatible with Dyle(TM) mobile TV, a service that enables consumers to watch live, local TV while they are on the go. The RCA Mobile TV Tablet is the first tablet device to feature an integrated mobile TV tuner with Dyle mobile TV, offering viewers on-the-go access to 130 mobile TV stations throughout the country. With a stunning 8-inch screen, the RCA Mobile TV Tablet is both a portable TV set and a fully functional high-definition Android touchscreen tablet with Wi-Fi, dual cameras, and GPS functionality.
Photography of the new RCA TV Tablet is available on www.tinyurl.com/MobileTVTabletphotos .
"The addition of both stationary and mobile TV capability in a tablet receiver means that viewers will never be out of touch with the latest news, weather, sports, and favorite channels. Our new RCA Mobile TV Tablet includes a telescoping antenna to receive regular digital TV channels when you're not moving, and mobile TV when life keeps you busy and on the move. Mobile TV from Dyle is ideal for keeping up with local broadcasts when on-the-go," Chris Lee, Vice President of Marketing for Digital Stream. "Research consistently shows that consumers who try mobile TV not only watch television with greater frequency, but they also enjoy catching up on the latest information wherever they go. Reaction to our first generation of standalone Mobile DTV receivers has been very positive, and we look forward to more widespread and more advanced services made possible by the addition of this Mobile TV Tablet to the RCA product portfolio."
"The rapid advancement of mobile TV technology is giving consumers unparalleled flexibility in how they watch TV and our integration with DST offers yet another way to view TV while they're on-the-go," said Salil Dalvi and Erik Moreno, co-general managers of Mobile Content Venture (MCV). "This is another great example of executing against our broader go-to-market strategy and commitment to delivering great, user-friendly technology to users everywhere."
As the first tablet enabled with both an ATSC Mobile DTV tuner and Dyle mobile TV, the RCA Mobile TV Tablet is ideal for virtually any viewing environment – from the kitchen countertop to the back seat of a car. Dyle is now on-the-air in more than 35 markets, delivering popular network TV shows and local news. The RCA Mobile TV Tablet also receives mobile digital TV channels from broadcasters not affiliated with Dyle.
Other TV functions built into the device creating a one of a kind viewing experience include real-time signal strength display, on-screen program information display and digital closed captioning. Additionally, features like language settings, auto channel scan and a favorite channel setting enable the consumer to take the RCA Mobile TV Tablet and personalize the device to fit their needs.
Fully-Functional Tablet PC
With a bright 8-inch high-definition (1024×768) In-Plane Switching touchscreen, the RCA DMT580D is a fully functional Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Android tablet featuring a Cortex A5 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of on-board flash memory. In addition to its unique dual-tuner design for reception of standard and mobile TV broadcasts (with built-in telescoping antenna), the RCA Mobile TV Tablet includes cameras on the front and rear of the tablet, twin speakers, integrated GPS, and USB, MicroUSB, MicroSD, and HDMI connectivity. Weighing only 1.4 pounds, the DMT580D also includes built-in Wi-Fi, a Google search browser, and compatibility with the Google Play app store. The RCA 8-inch Mobile TV Tablet has a battery life up to four hours in mobile TV mode, or up to 10 hours when web browsing.
With a suggested retail price of $299, the RCA Mobile TV Tablet will be available this coming spring.
About RCA: RCA is one of the most recognized names in the electronics industry, delivering innovative and reliable technology that has been entertaining families for over 90 years. Consumers throughout the world depend on the RCA brand to provide products and services that feature the latest technology and design, are easy to use, and deliver the highest value and longevity. It's no wonder why generations of families continue to rely on the RCA brand for their home entertainment and lifestyle. RCA is a global trademark administered by RCA Trademark Management SAS of Technicolor SA. Learn more at http://www.rca.com/ .
About Dyle(TM) Mobile TV: Dyle(TM) mobile TV is offering consumers a new, easy way to experience and enjoy live, broadcast television on their mobile devices at home or on-the-go. The Dyle application enables live broadcast programming – such as local and national news, as well as sports and entertainment content, utilizing the ATSC-Mobile DTV standard. Compatible across Android and Apple iOS-enabled devices, Dyle is available in 35 US markets, potentially reaching 55 percent of the population, and will add additional network programming and hardware in the future. Dyle is operated by the Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a joint-venture of 12 major broadcast groups including Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media, all of which are part of the standalone entity known as Pearl, LLC, as well as Fox, ION Television and NBC. For more information, visit www.dyle.tv .