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PocketDish video player beats Apple off the line

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.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Aaron

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The headline and premise of this story is completely ridiculous. Nobody, outside a special few at Apple, has any real idea what Apple will introduce tomorrow, and already MacNN has declared that some other company has "beat Apple off the line" by releasing a product they don't know that Apple will compete with. In fact, Apple execs, including Steve himself, have said repeatedly they have no plans to release a video device because it's not profitable and there are technical and usage considerations that would preclude the device's success.

    MacNN has no special information about what Apple will release tomorrow, and basing the premise of this story on unfounded rumors about a hypothetical product that makes very little sense for Apple is irresponsible, sensationalistic, and insulting.

  1. wjdennen

    Joined: Dec 1969


    in fact...

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Battery life?

    No mention of battery life? I wonder why... Download 20 hours of video and watch a half hour of it on the road! :P

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple isn't doing Video

    But Apple isn't doing a Video iPod tomorrow. No one knows what Apple is doing tomorrow. It's all a guessing game.

  1. Ralf_Wiggum

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple is going to release a video ipod. It is a proven fact. Arguing against it is like arguing that there is no such thing as gravity.

  1. koolkid1976

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: fact

    "Apple is going to release a video ipod. It is a proven fact. Arguing against it is like arguing that there is no such thing as gravity."

    That's the stupidest analogy ever! Ask me to prove gravity to you, and I hold something up in the air and drop it. You have visual evidence and mathematical calculations to back it up.

    I as you to prove the vide iPod. What the are you gonna do? Point me to a rumor site? can you visually prove it to me and have "proven" specs to back it up?

    There is a difference been highly probable and proven fact. You'll learn that next year in school.

  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The article is about...

    ... EchoStar, not Apple. The stupid thing is that I can't find an image of this new device. I get upset at Apple's own way of announcing products, but it isn't nearly as bad as when companies announce a product and then can't be bothered with updating their websites with the information ... and I mean more than showing the marketing drivel of a press release.

    So if the Dish website is any indication, this is a sophmoric attempt to produce a product that may have a reason to be built, but doesn't give us a reason to buy it.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    ... is what I call anyone that declares anything to be a 'proven fact' which no one has any information on. I look forward to the backpedalling.

    Why would Apple introduce *another* iPod on the heels of the wildly successful nano, and risk cannibalizing sales, and lessening the impact of the nano over the coming holiday season? It would be stupid to release a video iPod, without any content to put on it -- and it would be stupid to release a video iPod, along with a content solution at the same time, as there would be no build-up demand then.

    This, in essence, reduces the chances for a video pod to practically nil.

    Now, what would make far more sense before a vPod is released, is for Apple to provide a service or product that offers content, and is highly desirable - and I'm not talking movies (or videos). Most analysts predicting movies and videos are missing the most obvious target - but then again, they often do.

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