MetroPCS to bring Samsung Android device with mobile TV in 2012

Samsung, the Suwon-based manufacturer, has been in the mobile industry for quite some time. In Korea, where they started their journey, DMB (Digital Media Broadcasting) is pretty much a standard service on their phones on the peninsula. What is DMB you ask? It is mobile TV and yes, we need it here in the states. It looks like they’re ready to bring live TV action to metroPCS later this year. Looks like official word is that it will be a free, value-added service for metroPCS, but that’s only confirmed for 2012.

MetroPCS recently announced that they would be working with Dyle Mobile TV to bring live TV from content providers like Fox, NBC, Ion, and Telemundo. 12 content providers have signed on with Dyle and you can see the full list in the press release below. Now, this isn’t going to be DMBroadcasting, but will run off a 4G LTE connection. The phone itself will feature a Super AMOLED Plus display like the Galaxy S II handsets on the market now. Not much more is known about the actual device but we do know that Samsung Mobile, metroPCS, and MCV will be demoing Dyle’s live TV service at CES so we should be getting more information soon. As soon as we know, so will you!

MetroPCS Partners with Mobile Content Venture to Bring Live Digital Television to Mobile Phones via Dyle™ Mobile TV Service

Samsung Mobile to Supply First Live Mobile TV-Enabled Smartphone with Dyle™ Mobile TV

DALLAS, NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES – (January 4, 2012) – MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) and the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) today announced that they are partnering to enable 

MetroPCS customers to watch live, local broadcast television on their mobile phones later this year. MetroPCS will be the first wireless service provider to offer Dyle Mobile TV to consumers on devices that are pre-loaded with the Dyle application, enabling customers to watch live TV right out of the box. Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) will provide the first smartphone with Dyle, a premium Android device, using ATSC-Mobile technology.

“We’re excited to be the first mobile service provider to deliver a unique entertainment offering like Dyle, but more important than being first is our belief that this service will meet the needs of our customers and deliver an exceptional mobile experience,” said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS. “We know that our customers have a desire to take entertainment with them wherever they go and understand that they want premium services at an incredible value, which we will continue offering by supplying services like Dyle.”

Dyle Mobile TV is the consumer-facing brand launched by MCV that will deliver live mobile television content from 15 major broadcast groups including Pearl LLC (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) as well as FOX, ION Television, Bahakel, Univision, Telemundo and NBC. At launch, MCV expects to offer the mobile video service on more than 72 stations in 32 markets covering more than 50 percent of the U.S. population.

“We are thrilled to work with MetroPCS to make live broadcast TV available to mobile consumers,” Salil Dalvi and Erik Moreno, co-general managers of MCV said in a joint statement. “This collaboration allows Dyle to take the first step in realizing the broadcaster vision of live, local TV on every smartphone.”

“MetroPCS is bringing a unique entertainment service, allowing users to do more on the go,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “We’re thrilled to launch the first smartphone with Dyle, providing the ultimate entertainment experience on a Samsung device.”

Dyle will enable mobile consumers, for the first time, to watch live national and local news, sports, and entertainment programming via a broadcast television signal. Consumers will be able to enjoy the local nightly news on the bus, their favorite daytime talk show on their lunch break or live sporting events while running errands. Samsung smartphones with Dyle will be available later this year in MetroPCS markets and surrounding areas including: Atlanta, Ga.; Boston, Mass.; Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Detroit, Mich.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New York, N.Y.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Tampa, Fla.

MetroPCS, MCV and Samsung Mobile will be demonstrating Dyle live mobile digital television service next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 10-13.

For more information, please visit:

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MetroPCS press resources: www.metropcs.com/presscenter

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View MetroPCS’ latest videos: www.YouTube.com/metropcs

For more information on Mobile Content Venture: http://www.themcv.com/ 

Follow Dyle on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@DyleMobileTV

For press inquires on MCV or Dyle: DylePRteam@horngroup.com

About MetroPCS Communications, Inc. 

Dallas-based MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS) is a provider of no annual contract, unlimited wireless communications service for a flat-rate. MetroPCS is the fifth largest facilities-based wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers served. With Metro USA(SM), MetroPCS customers can use their service in areas throughout the United States covering a population of over 280 million people. As of September 30, 2011, MetroPCS had over 9.1 million subscribers. For more information please visit www.metropcs.com.>

About Mobile Content Venture

Mobile Content Venture (MCV) is a joint-venture comprising 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 Mobile DTV, LLC, as well as Fox, ION Television, and NBC. MCV aims to facilitate the development of a new national mobile digital television service by utilizing existing broadcast spectrum to enable member companies to deliver content to mobile devices, including live and on-demand video, local and national news from print and electronic sources, as well as sports and entertainment programming.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

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