Local Firm Goes for Mobile TV
A major push at this year's CES is mobile entertainment. As it turns out, one of the companies putting serious resources in that direction is in our own backyard. ICO Communications of Reston took me out for a spin to show off it's product, which will be available once its satellite launched in March.
Basically, the company combines satellite technology with traditional cellular networks to deliver TV signals to your car. The theory is that using both networks will prevent coverage gaps while you're out on the open road. So if you're driving through the desert between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, you will get a satellite signal even when you're out of range of the cell networks of the more populated areas. After all, points out ICO tech guru Dave Zufall, about 30 percent of the U.S. doesn't have cell coverage.
But some kinks still have to be worked out. When we were in the parking garage of the Venetian hotel, there were a few minutes of patchy connections. The screen froze until we turned the corner and were able to get satellite signal again.
Watch a video about this on our CES video channel.
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