Mobiles As A Video Recorder

Texas Instruments, PacketVideo and S3 are demonstrating a mobile phone that can record incoming television shows. “The phone has two channels, so consumers can watch a program at the same time as they record something else for later viewing…The phone also sports a picture-within-picture option, another first for TV cell phones, according to Texas Instruments.” The handsets are due out in 2007. This would be most useful for the services that stream or broadcast standard TV shows to mobile, since people won’t have to watch a half-hour show in one sitting, they can record it and watch it in segments of a few minutes. It won’t create a rush for mobile video, but it may increase usage among people who have the handsets…at least, it can’t hurt.