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Monday April 10, 2006 12:24 pm
Modeo DVB-H TV Smartphone
You may have heard about Modeo, the US company pushing for the DVB-H TV standard. DVB-H is one of many new standards to transfer TV signals to wireless portable devices. The new smartphone boasts Windows Mobile 5, and will be capable of receiving live TV in the new format. With an Nvidia GoForce 5500 graphics chip and an on-board electronic program guide, this handset is packing plenty of TV watching power. This handset also boasts a 200MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 850 processor, 128 MB of Flash ROM, 64MB of SDRAM, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 1.2, and a Micro SD expansion slot. Whether or not Modeo will allow shows to be recorded to memory is still unknown. This new handset seems to be troubled with the power issues that most smartphone devices have. Even with an 1150mAh battery, only 3 hours TV viewing time, 4 hours talk time, or 6 days of standby mode are achieved. Modeo is currently working on putting the necessary hardware in place to be able to broadcast shows to the handset. They plan on putting up towers in several major cities in 2006, and by 2007 they hope to be rolling out the mobile TV goodness everywhere. It will be interesting to see if Modeo plans to make money off of the handset, or off of a possible content subscription service. Pricing is not yet set, but we will keep you posted on this extraordinary handset.
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