Open Mobile Video Coalition brings aboard electronics manufacturers

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The Open Mobile Video Coalition has expanded its membership to firms other than broadcasters for its new OMVC Mobile DTV Forum. Dell, Harris, LG Electronics and Samsung Mobile are among the first companies to join. “By expanding our membership beyond broadcast companies, we hope to bring greater resources to the task of perfecting the Mobile DTV consumer experience, while bringing an exciting new class of digital mobile devices to the American public,” coalition CEO Vince Sadusky said in a statement. The voluntary association of television broadcasters works to accelerate development of mobile digital television. Its 900 members include the Association of Public Television Stations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

This year, there’ll be city-by-city rollouts of Mobile DTV as device manufacturers ready more than two dozen new receivers, tablets, and accessories, the coalition also said. It will show off a few at its booth at the 2011 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show), kicking off Thursday (Jan. 6) in Las Vegas.