Mobile phones to get TiVo-like features?

Posted on Saturday, Sep 09 2006 @ 04:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Next year new technologies will arrive that promise to bring TiVo-like recording functionality to portable devices like cell phones.
Texas Instruments is demonstrating PVR (personal video recording) capabilities for mobiles at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam this week. It is using its own Hollywood digital TV chip and OMAP 2 multimedia processor, along with software from partners PacketVideo and Software Systems (S3).

The technology allows people to record a TV program on their mobile phone and then watch it later, on the train on the way to work, for example. The TI package also provides "picture-in-picture" capabilities, allowing a person to watch a prerecorded program and also track a live sports event in a smaller, on-screen window.

The PVR technology should find its way into mobile phones in 2007, TI said. It didn't name any handset makers but most of the big vendors, including Samsung Electronics and Nokia, are marketing phones for TV viewing.
More info at PC World.


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