Pocketdish Goes Beyond Other Portable Video Devices

By: Julia Hall

PocketDish Goes Beyond Other Portable Video Devices

If you're looking for a way to enjoy the TV shows and movies that you love wherever you go you're in luck. There are a variety of portable video devices on the market today that are designed to do that and a lot more. In case you're unaware of exactly what a portable video devices is, it's basically a small computerized device that consists of a color LCD screen, a hard disk, perhaps some memory of some type, and a simple operating system. Most have various ports and jacks that allow them to be hooking up to computers, televisions, and often other devices. Many can play video on their built in LCD screens or onto a larger screen if both the portable video device and the screen have compatible connections. Then can generally also display digital pictures and play MP3's and other sound files either over headphones, or in the case of some models, over built in speakers. Videos, audio files, and digital photos are generally downloaded from a computer over a USB port, but some can also download digital photos directly from digital cameras. All portable video devices are powered by rechargeable batteries although not all rechargeable batteries can be replaced. It's not unusual for a new battery to power a device for anywhere from three hours of video all the way up to twenty hours of audio between charges.

There are a lot of brands and varieties of portable video devices on the market and the vast majority of them fall into the description above. For that reason, manufacturers and marketers struggle to build something into each device to differentiate it from all of its competition. Some rely on little more than brand loyalty, others throw in extra features in an effort to make their devices more attractive, but very few offer any real practical advantage over the others. The PocketDish from Dish Network is among those few.

The advantage that the PocketDish has over its competitors boils down to one thing: while most of the competitors get their video from computers and indirectly the Internet, the PocketDish gets its video from Dish Network digital video recorders. This difference may seem subtle, but it could have a major impact on how the PocketDish is used. That's because the process of obtaining and downloading video from the Internet requires a high speed Internet connection and a fair degree of computer literacy. Downloading video from a Dish Network digital video recorder though involve dealing with an interface that anyone who has a Dish Network digital video recorder is already familiar with. Beyond that it's just a matter of following simple instructions. The simplicity of downloading video from a digital video recorder rather than the Internet will make the PocketDish much more accessible to a greater variety of people than other devices will.

Though not the primary selling point of the PocketDish, the more advanced models also have the capability of acting as digital video recorders in and of themselves. That means that just about anything that plays video and has video outputs will serve as a source of video for one of these PocketDishes. This increases the flexibility of the PocketDish enormously and goes beyond anything most other portable video devices can do.

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