RCA is ready to release a line of hybrid mobile DTV units this week. RCA’s 3 mobile televisions will cost between $119 and $179. These devices are capable of grabbing digital television signals and mobile DTV signals at the same time. They’re essentially mini televisions that may or may not be useful to you. It all depends on what broadcasts are available in your area.
The cheapest model has a 3.5-inch LCD display and works on four AAA batteries. The $159 has the same display but includes a rechargeable battery that can play four hours of content. The most expensive model has a much larger 7-inch widescreen display with a three hour rechargeable battery.
The prices aren’t that bad, but here’s where the complications arrive. Depending on where you live, you may not be able to receive mobile DTV broadcasts.
Here is a coverage map of ATSC mobile DTV broadcasts in the United States.
The areas in red indicate areas with mobile DTV service. As you can see, a large part of the country, particularly the Midwest, don’t have access to the broadcasts. Then again, you’ll still be able to get standard digital television signals.