Clie Video Recorder Available Soon
Sony has announced a Tivo like device, that records television and video onto a memory stick in a format optimized for Clie handhelds. The VR100K Video Recorder accessory can record hours of programming and the recorded videos can be viewed on a TV, PC or anywhere the handheld goes.
Computer displays with a video input jack will also be able to receive cable and TV signals through the unit's built-in TV tuner. The TV Tuner can receive VHF channels from 2-13 and UHF broadcast from 14-69 and cable channels 2- 128. It has a external antenna connector and standard RCA input and output jacks. It can be hooked up to a standard TV antenna, cable service, satellite receiver, VCR, or video camcorder. The device itself is about the same size as a VHS tape.
Computer displays with a video input jack will also be able to receive cable and TV signals through the unit's built-in TV tuner. PC viewing of recorded videos requires QuickTime v6 or higher).
The CLIÉ VR100K recorder compresses video directly onto a Memory Stick PRO or standard 128MB Memory Stick media. The device's bundled video utility software allows users to program a Memory Stick media with the time of the show they would like to record. Once inserted into the recorder, the device then does the rest.
The device can record up to 16 hours and 40 mins using a 1GB Memory Stick PRO in LP1/LP2 mode, or 4 hours in top quality. A 128MB stick can store approximately 130 minutes in LP mode. It records to all 128MB memory sticks and all memory stick pro sizes.
The video is compatible with all of the Palm OS 5 Sony Clies, including the NX series, the TG50, NZ90 and the UX series. It uses the MPEG4 Simple Profile video codec.
The device will be available this month for about $300 at retailers nationwide. It is available now for pre-order from SonyStyle.com.
"The CLIÉ handheld's value lies in its endless multimedia capabilities," said Russell Paik, vice president of handheld marketing at Sony Electronics. "Digital video recorders allowed people to view TV and cable programs at anytime. We're adding a new facet to that possibility by enabling people to view those shows anywhere."
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