THROWBACK THURSDAY: Vaporware TV tablet

Seemed good at the time. One of the highlights of our CES coverage back in 2013 was a combination Android tablet and portable TV that would even use the MDTV standard so that you could get reception in a moving vehicle.

Yeah, it was featured by RCA, which should have been the first clue that it would never see the light of day. RCA is one of those companies that licenses its name to about half a dozen other makers of electronics, some good and some not-so-good. But I was excited. It seemed like a great way to have the best of both worlds. I raved about the idea in my report. Alas, the tablet never actually shipped, and in fact the specific distributor who brought it to the show seems to have gone out of business sometime in the summer of 2013. So much for that, right?

In fact, the entire MDTV standard seems to have dissolved, after going through several iterations including being taken over by an outfit named Dyle, which has also been out of business for so long that their web site is up for sale. It goes to show that there just wasn’t a big demand for TV that you could stream over-the-air, since there’s so much content available online.

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