updated 11:50 am EDT, Tue October 11, 2005
PocketDish video player
EchoStar today just one day before Apple is expected to release its video-capable iPod. The new players go on sale today, are offered in three screen sizes from two to seven inches across, and cost between $330 and $600. PocketDish users plug the gadgets into EchoStar satellite receivers, download video content into their digital video recorder, and transfer it to the handheld unit in five minutes, according to a report from Bloomberg News. Echostar's new video player can also record shows from other company's cable or satellite boxes, according to the report. The smallest video player stores up to 20 hours of high-resolution content, while the largest model holds up to 40 hours of video. Craig Moffett, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. in New York said PocketDish is unlikely to lure customers away from purchasing a video iPod when that product is offered. "I don't think it's a transformational product," Moffett said, referring to the PocketDish. "It has the feeling of a solution in search of a problem," Moffett noted.