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Audiovox’s Dyle-Compatible Receiver Adds Kindle Fire To Device Mix

Audiovox Electronics said it has added Amazon Kindle HD Fire tablets to the family of mobile devices that are compatible with a wireless receiver that supports Dyle’s mobile live TV service.

Audiovox said its new Dyle app for the Audiovox mobiletv receiver can run on the Kindle Fire, Fire HDX, Fire HDX 8.9”, and Fire HD 8.9” tablets.

Audiovox launched the Siano-developed $129.99 mobiletv receiver (pictured at left) in October, offering a device that can capture the over-the-air Dyle TV signals and pass them along to iOS and Android-powered devices using an integrated Wi-Fi radio. Previously, Dyle required a direct hardline connection between the viewing device and the specialized Dyle-compatible antenna.

Dyle, considered by some as a broadcaster-led hedge against services such as Aereo, doesn’t deliver its mobile TV signal service over broadband or cellular networks, but instead uses a portion of the traditional broadcast spectrum to beam encrypted, live digital-TV signals that are optimized for mobile devices. Dyle has previously estimated that broadcasters must spend about $100,000 on upgrades, primarily encoders, to deliver the mobile TV feed alongside the primary HDTV broadcast signal.

Dyle is operated by the Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a group comprised of 12 major broadcast groups. Its backers include  Belo, Cox Media Group, Raycom Media, Media General, Meredith Corp., ION Television, Fox, E.W. Scripps, Gannett  Broadcasting, Hearst Television, and NBC.

Dyle said it is currently available in 38 markets, reaching 57% of the U.S.