Jan 10 AT 8:50 PM Sean Riley 11 Comments

MetroPCS partners with Samsung, MCV to bring live TV to your phone

Samsung Prototype for MetroPCS with Dyle TV

MetroPCS announced two new 4G LTE devices yesterday, but they had something perhaps even more interesting at their booth at the Pepcom media event last night.

So what’s so special about this phone? Well Samsung has added an extendable antenna to this Galaxy S class phone that allows you to tune in to live, over-the-air TV using the pre-installed Dyle app.

According to Mobile Content Venture (MCV), they will have the service available from 72 stations live in 32 markets at launch. Channels will be fairly limited at the outset; the rep mentioned Los Angeles, for example, would have 6 channels available. Dyle does have some powerful partners though in Fox, ION and NBC, so hopefully they will be able to help Dyle bring others on board soon after launch.

Live TV on a mobile device is something that has been experimented with in the US for several years now. You may remember the most recent victim, FLO TV from Qualcomm, that shuttered a couple years ago now. These services are common and quite popular in many Asian countries, but no one has been able to figure out how to get it done in North America to date. Time will tell if Dyle TV has finally hit on the recipe for success.

No word on pricing for the handset. They could only say that the device was being targeted for release this year. They also stressed that the handset we saw was purely a prototype, so it’s possible we would see something more along the lines of the Galaxy S II by the time it actually makes it to market for MetroPCS.

I’m guessing that most of you wouldn’t buy a phone solely for this feature, but it could be a nice added value if they put it in some of their higher end handsets.

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    I just had a flashback to my Verizon Voyager with its extendable antenna and live TV; it’s been done.

    That actually was FLO TV, and the reason it failed was because nobody (including myself) wanted to pay $15 a month for it. It’ll have to be priced much better this time around if it’s to compete, especially on today’s Hulu and Netflix-enabled smartphones.

    • LukeT32

      I had the phone also… after my 30 day trial was up I canceled it too. For what it was it was usless. Its a novelty thing, just to say. Hey! Look what my phone can do!

    • delinear

      I had a flashback to the Sega Game Gear TV Tuner. It’s been done 20 years ago. The problem back then was price too – £150 if I remember to watch a handful (literally, like four or five here) channels. Now over the air TV has to compete with streaming which can be as cheap as, well, free in many cases (data charges aside). Sounds like a very niche market of people who want to watch TV but don’t have sufficient data allowance or nearby WiFi access.

  • Jack Thakar

    Anyone else see the irony that this is for MetroPCS and the live TV that they were demoing was a Verizon commercial?

  • spazby

    Good for metro pcs..

  • vid500

    Ok, it looks nice, but in the 21st century when TV are becoming smart TV,… why is there a need to bring regular TV stations to mobile devices if you have the power of the internet with nearly all the content available on it when ever you wont. I know the TV stations are in need of doing something becouse the viewers are runing away. I do not see a real potential in it.

  • Futureboy

    With the shift from live tv to on-demand, I can’t see this being a desirable feature, especially since tv programming for ~20 hours of each day is simply garbage.

  • yankeesusa

    I remember verizon and the lg phone that had the built in antenna. It was actually a great feature and great picture too. I guess for people on metro pcs it would be great. But with LTE coming to sprint and att and verizon already with it, I think most people will watch online videos like netflix instead of tuning in. Although this would be nice during playoffs to watch sports games like fox and cbs.

  • lokidokie

    I’ve been wondering why we haven’t seen devices like this. I wanna watch free to air channels on my phone!

  • donger

    if I was gonna watch tv i’ll watch it on a actual tv. but i guess its good for watching the news or sports game when you’re away from a tv.

  • timmy zimmerman

    what exactky is this phones name and when will it be released because im getting it