TMCNet:  Convenience, Simplicity, Immediacy of Mobile DTV Meets Consumers' Changing Lifestyle Needs

[April 17, 2012]

Convenience, Simplicity, Immediacy of Mobile DTV Meets Consumers' Changing Lifestyle Needs

LAS VEGAS, Apr 17, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- New results from a comprehensive study reveal that Mobile Digital Television will play an important role in the lives of consumers because it offers the convenience, simplicity and immediacy of live broadcast TV on a variety of portable electronic devices.

The study, commissioned by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), described four major usage scenarios that encapsulated consumer reactions to viewing live local TV on portable devices. Those scenarios include: -- Staying connected and informed through Mobile DTV's unique ability to deliver instant live news, emergency alerts and other useful information.

-- Providing a convenient distraction during idle times such as waiting in line, running errands, taking work breaks and working out.

-- Entertaining the kids while traveling, waiting for appointments or running errands.

-- In-home mobility -- using Mobile DTV as a backup TV or for portability between rooms.

"This study, derived from OMVC's Consumer Showcase in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, clearly demonstrates that local television stations are in a unique position to deliver live news, emergency alerts, sports and popular entertainment programs to smartphones and tablets without clogging cellular networks or requiring viewers to rack up expensive data bills," said Anne P. Schelle, executive director of the OMVC.

With broadcasters poised to launch commercial Mobile DTV service in markets throughout the U.S., the OMVC reexamined data from the Consumer Showcase and identified additional insights related to the key use cases and target audiences for the service.

"The data also showed Mobile DTV viewing was primarily in addition to and complementary with traditional TV viewing," explained Schelle. "The majority of mobile viewing occurred in the daytime, in contrast to traditional evening viewing on home TVs," she added.

Families with Children: The Super Users of Mobile DTV According to the research, households with children had numerous occasions to use and benefit from the Mobile DTV service. Their frenetic and multitasking lifestyles seemed especially well suited for the Mobile DTV viewing experience. Whether they wanted to stay connected to news while commuting to work, be entertained during their lunch break, keep their children occupied while running errands or have a secondary TV in the kitchen while preparing a meal, families discovered useful ways to incorporate Mobile DTV into their busy lives.

Viewership data collected and analyzed by Rentrak shows the heaviest Mobile DTV viewers (top 33%) had the highest percentage of children living at home, while the lightest viewers (bottom 33%) had the lowest percentage.

"While the summer 2010 OMVC Consumer Showcase did not specifically address tablet devices, other research suggests that the use cases and viewing patterns observed from netbooks will likely also be seen with tablets," Schelle explained. "According to a 2011 survey of tablet users by Google AdMob, 82% of respondents said they primarily used their tablet while at home. With the majority of tablet sales consisting of Wi-Fi-only devices, Mobile DTV has the potential to extend the connectivity and functionality of tablets outside of Wi-Fi hot spots," she added.

Download OMVC's Washington Consumer Showcase Supplemental Report at: http://tinyurl.com/OMVCSupplement About the Open Mobile Video Coalition Representing over 900 TV stations across the country, the Open Mobile Video Coalition is a voluntary association of television broadcasters whose mission is to accelerate the development of mobile digital television in the United States. The OMVC is composed of 36 members that own and operate over 500 commercial television stations, as well as the Association of Public Television Stations, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service, which represent an additional 360 public television stations. Membership in the OMVC is open to all U.S.-based television broadcasters. OMVC also includes device and transmission equipment manufacturers and software and middleware providers who are part of the Mobile DTV Forum, which works collaboratively with OMVC broadcast members to advance the rollout of Mobile DTV products and services. For more information, please visit: www.OMVC.org.

Contacts: Anne Schelle, OMVC, anne.schelle@omvc.org, (443) 857-0200 Dave Arland, Arland Communications, Dave@ArlandCom.com, (317) 701-0084 This information was brought to you by Cision http://www.cisionwire.com This news release was distributed by GlobeNewswire, www.globenewswire.com SOURCE: OMVC http://www.cisionwire.com/omvc/r/convenience--simplicity--immediacy-of-mobile-dtv-meets-consumers--changing-lifestyle-needs,c9247626

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