Pocketdish is the Portable Video Device of the Future

By: Julia Hall

There are lots of advantages to portable video devices. In fact the ways to use them are limited only by the creativity of their owners. Using them to catch up on your favorite soap opera while waiting in the doctor's office or while riding the bus are just a couple of the ways that the average person can enjoy the benefits of one of these devices. The busy professional may want to use a portable video device to keep up with his or her favorite sitcom while traveling for business as well as keeping up with current events.

The only problem with portable video devices is that many of them are difficult to use when it comes time to find video to download to them. For most devices, getting video generally means getting on the Internet and going looking for the video. While video of things like news events and amateur videos may be available for free on the websites of major news networks and YouTube, respectively, most of the mainstream movies and television shows that you probably want to watch on your portable video device are available only from on line video stores. At least those will be the only places they're available legally.

While convenient in the sense that you don't have too look all over the Internet, on line video stores can still be a pain in a couple of ways. First, depending on what kind of portable video device you have, you may be limited to only using the on line store run by your product's manufacturer. Second, you'll be charged a fee for every video you download, and such fees can amass into a small fortune relatively quickly. Third, there's no guarantee that any on line store will have the video you're looking for.

Dish Network has found a way to get around all of these problems with the introduction of its proprietary portable video device, the PocketDish. There are actually three models in the PocketDish line and each are able to download video directly from a Dish Network digital video recorder. Of course the video has to be recorded in the first place, but the fact that video can be downloaded from digital video recorders rather than the Internet provides a lot of flexibility and convenience for anyone who has a subscription to Dish Network, a Dish Network DVR, and a PocketDish. Video is downloaded through a USB 2.0 port at a rate of about twelve hours of video for every hour spent downloading. Since PocketDishes can store between twenty and forty hours of video, depending on the video itself, what else is on the hard drive, and the model in question, the hard drive can be filled up relatively quickly and even overnight while the owner sleeps.

Of course, just like all other portable video devices, PocketDishes can function as MP3 players, digital photo viewers, and can display video and photos on normal television screens as well as their own built in LCD screens. PocketDishes can also serve as gaming platforms for video games downloaded from Dish Network. All of these features make the PocketDish a solution to the common woes of portable video devices owners in general.

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