DIAL: Smart TV App Browses for Movies

Netflix and YouTube have teamed up to offer a second screen tool similar to Apple’s AirPlay, says The Verge. Called DIAL (or “Discovery And Launch”), the system allows mobile devices to find smart TVs or set-top boxes, on your home network, then start browsing for movies to play on your settop box.

DIAL was shown off briefly at CES, but GigaOM has extensive details on the service. It’s different from competitor AirPlay in that it won’t directly mirror content, instead relying on having the same apps on both devices.

DIAL can launch web apps if they’re supported by the box or TV. It’s more about the remote control and less about mirroring the display on a big screen.

Miracast, by contrast, lets users view video from a smartphone on a big screen television, share a laptop screen with the conference room projector, or watch live programs from a home cable box on a tablet. Miracast was added to Android in version 4.2. It uses WiFi to link the two devices and doesn’t incorporate content browsing.

DIAL shouldn’t be confused with Dyle, which will deliver mobile television over broadcast television channels.

DYLE uses the ATSC-M/H standard in the United States. Like the defunct MediaFLO, it requires a special phone with a tv tuner. Alternatively, MobiTV, available from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, uses cellular channels. It can work with current smartphones. No tuner required.

Apparently only TV executives haven’t figured out that CPMs for Broadcast over LTE are going to kill Dyle. According to a Qualcomm white paper, LTE Broadcast will also enable pre-scheduled broadcast delivery in order to pre-cache the content on mobile devices as well as being offered live.

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