Watch Channel 6 News On The Go

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Mobile Digital Television is becoming more affordable. Channel Six has the only local signal available for it.

Just this week, the Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha and Kansas City received cases of the handheld digital televisions.

The $170 one has a 7" screen with a rechargeable battery and looks like a tablet computer. "One nice thing is this also has a kickstand -- you can set it on the kitchen counter or in the car TV tray," said Spencer Baggiani with Nebraska Furniture Mart. "The WOWT signal is the only one in Omaha that is mobile."

The 3-and-a-half inch screen mobile TV goes for $140-to-$150. We saw another for $120 and a digital tuner for the car goes for $89. Some viewers like the idea of the tuner to replace the lost radio channel of 87.7 which carried Channel 6 programming.

The same versions would have been more than $200 just a few months ago.

We drove on Dodge Street during rush hour to give you an idea how Mobile TV works using the same devices.

The handheld TVs also get over-the-air digital signals, but as soon as we start driving -- the one that doesn't have Mobile DTV starts fading and then signal disappears. The picture stays the same on Mobile TV.

The Channel Six signal will carry through our viewing area. Big cities will often have their own mobile stations that will come in during a road trip.

So far, demand has been most popular with those who travel a lot.

Spencer Baggiani: "It's actually been tested at 100-miles per hour to receive the mobile dtv signal."
Reporter asks jokingly: "Do you recommend that?"
Spencer: (laughs) "I definitely do not."

Depending on the model, the battery lasts between two and four hours. Most also come with a car charger/adapter.


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