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[TWICE] Cellphone-Based A/V Place-Shifting Gains
[05-04-2007] (7206)
By Joseph Palenchar -- TWICE, 3/28/2007 5:52:00 AM
Orlando, Fla. — There are more options for place-shifting audio and video from the home to a wireless handheld device now that two companies have launched products for use in conjunction with a broadband-connected home PC.

Avvenu, of Palo Alto, Calif., came to CTIA Wireless 2007 with software applications that enable Windows Mobile-based smartphones and PocketPC phones, as well as remote browser-equipped PCs and laptops, to stream songs stored in a home PC’s iTunes application.

Separately, Honest Technology (Honestech) of Austin, Texas, launched a hardware-software package that enables users to stream live or recorded TV from their home PC to a Windows Mobile-based smartphone, PDA phone or Wi-Fi-equipped PDA loaded with Hometech’s mobile player software.

For cellphone streaming, both companies’ solutions require the use of a cellular wireless data subscription.

These products join hardware-software packages from Sling Media, whose Slingbox line of products lets users watch content from their living room TV tuner and DVR from a remote PC, laptop or Windows Mobile-based cellphone.

Honestech’s My-IPTV Anywhere Mobile package, retailing for a suggested $99.99, consists of an analog cable TV tuner that connects to a PC via USB 2.0, server and player software for the PC, and a software application for Windows Mobile-based smartphones and PDA phones.

My-IPTV Anywhere lets users stream live TV programs from their PC in real time in the MPEG-4/H.264 codec, change channels from afar and schedule recordings remotely. In the future, users will be able to view programs recorded by the PC’s DVR application.

Honestech already markets other video-related PC hardware and software. For the cellular package, the company is exploring all distribution venues, including retail stores, distributors, cellular kiosks, carriers and the like, a spokeswoman said