There's an abundance of waterproof TVs on the market, for both outdoor and indoor use. But there are suprisingly few handheld entertainment devices that can resist the rain, considering that they're actually supposed to get wet.
Sanyo has the right idea, though, with a waterproof portable TV that has a 4-inch LCD and a six-hour battery, according to Gizmodiva. That, of course, is tiny compared with other weather-resistant models we've seen. Then again, not everyone needs one for an entire life in the bathroom.
Everyone knows about LCDs and plasmas, but another fight over TV materials is looming over another commodity: trees.
Apparently trying to cash in on the green trend, some manufacturers have been designing flat-panel frames made of wood and other natural sustainable substances. That's setting up a battle between some leading Asian electronics companies and an early innovator from Sweden, of all places.
But even though it's hardly a household name, Swedx isn't about to give in. In fact, according to Pocket-lint, it's about to start distributing some of its newest models through the U.K. retail … Read more
A new TV download service is trying to one-up iTunes.
Though it has far less content than Apple's service, SyncTV offers themed channels of TV content available for subscription or purchase over the Web. Each channel will run about $2 each per month, and currently there are four subscription channels available.
In most cases, if you subscribe to a channel, you also get access to every episode of the shows on that channel, SyncTV CEO John Gildred says. So far, the biggest content name that has signed on is Showtime. That's not the most compelling for the average … Read more
WorldTV is one of the companies making its debut at today's NewTeeVee Conference here in San Francisco. The site is hyper-focused, letting users create custom channels containing videos taken from Google's videos properties, along with AOL and Yahoo's. Once you've added the videos either by URL or built-in search, you can simply pass along the permalinked URL to friends to have them watch your collection in a full-screen player.
Channels can be branded with a text logo that sits to the right of the player, although advanced users can go in and upload an image instead. … Read more
At the NewTeeVee Live conference in San Francisco today, AT&T Group President Ralph de la Vega gave a peek into projects from the AT&T lab.
The focus of all these demos was the interplay of the Net, mobility and television, what AT&T calls, "three-screen integration." The most compelling was a cellular-based videophone application where the video call could be transferred to a television. "Wouldn't you take that call? It's only 50 cents," de la Vega said.
Also in the labs: Multiple picture-in-picture, so you can watch multiple video … Read more
The Japanese electronic manufacturer's new LCD TVs are so thin and light that runway models can carry them around and even do a catwalk without breaking a sweat. That was the key message from Hitachi at its recent regional press event in Singapore. (More photos here.)
Available in black, red, white and blue, the UT series of LCD TVs was first unveiled three weeks ago in Japan and consists of two components: the monitor, which measures just 35mm thick (less than 1.4 inches), and a separate media station that houses the TV tuner, connectors, and S-iVDR slot. The … Read more
If you would have told me a month ago that I'd be ga-ga for the Zune, I would have had you institutionalized. "Zune-lover? Are you high?" But here I am, smitten with the Zune 80, spending my entire weekend exploring every little feature while my trusty iPod languishes in my messenger bag.
I'll be updating the MP3 Insider blog this week with some personal insights on why the Zune is currently rocking my world. I invite all the Apple fanboys and girls to sound off in the comments section to try and snap me out of … Read more
Sure, you could pay iTunes two bucks for every episode of The Office you download to your PC. Or you could add a TV tuner and record unlimited shows--in high def!--free of charge. eCost has the Viore Portable HDTV Tuner for just $55, a steal at twice the price.
Just plug this USB tuner into your desktop or notebook, then connect an analog cable feed or the included ATSC antenna. The latter lets you pull down HD channels right outta thin air (provided you live in a metropolitan area).
To record shows for later viewing, you'll need Windows … Read more