Samsung's New TV-Phone Brings Antennae Back To Mobile

If limited data plans are getting you down, there's a new alternative that makes use of some old tech. How about picking up good, old-fashioned broadcast TV?

For the most part, MetroPCS' Samsung Galaxy S Lightray, is a pretty standard 4G-capable phone with a 1GHz processor, 4.3" display, and 8MP camera and whatnot. But on top of that, it boasts a small antenna and uses app called Dyle to turn those sweet, sweet DTV airwaves all around you into mobile video. Using standard airwaves for mobile video has a few notable advantages over data.

That catch is that Dyle isn't available everywhere yet and even where it is available, not all broadcasters are opting in. Still, Dyle has plans to come to other Android and iOS phones, presumably with bolt-on hardware, but MetroPCS' Galaxy S Lightray is the first and only all-in-one model on the market now. Never miss your local nightly news again. [MetroPCS via GigaOM]


Comments

    Why would a broadcaster have to opt in? Unless we're counting encrypted TV channels as broadcasters.

    This is a brilliant idea, I can't believe no-one has thought of it before.

      They have

      http://www.ebay.com.au/sch/Mobile-Phones-/9355/i.html?_nkw=tv+phones&_catref=1&_fln=1&_trksid=p3286.c0.m282

    Pretty sure the Korean version of the Galaxy S3 supports their local version of dvb - DMB

      Thats right, and Im quite sure this was on older phones as well (perhaps the SGS 1 GT-i9000 version in a different country (brazil?) or was that the N95...?? Cant remember, but these guys definitely arent the first.

    TV on phones in (at least) Japan has been around for years & years & years.
    The Samsung Galaxy S II over there has a little pop-out extendible aerial that mine didn't! I felt ripped off.

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