The mobile phone service provider MetroPCS has partnered with Samsung to launch a new smartphone that allows users to watch live television. The mobile phone Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G debuted on Friday. It comes free with Dyle Mobile TV, a service that broadcasts live local television using the Metro 4G network.
The Dyle Mobile TV is a free-of-charge application that is attached to the phone, allowing users to gain access to free over the air broadcast programmes. The Galaxy S Lightray itself is sold for $460.
The smartphone contains 1.38 GB onboard, but is sold together with a 16 GB memory card, making it suitable for television broadcasting.
The Dyle service is a product by the Mobile Content Venture, a consortium of major broadcasters. It offers regular television programming on mobile phones by tapping onto existing infrastructure, instead of creating a new network for mobile content as previous innovators have attempted.
It is currently available in 45 markets today, with stations such as Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS and Telemundo participating, with some stations only available in certain regions.
MetroPCS also aims to make the Dyle service available for other Android devices and the iOS system.