Open Handset Alliance member Packet Video is showing off it’s Mobile Broadcast Receiver at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. It is a small stand alone unit that converts digital TV signals for use on cell phones. The unit is rechargeable, but you will need a broadband access point (Wi Fi) to play back the video. Of course this also means your device must be equipped with Wi Fi, which seems somewhat perplexing to me considering that most older handsets do not have this feature. As a member of the OHA it’s all but certain that we will see a variation of this device on Android based phones. Perhaps they will find a way to make it available over 3G networks in addition to Wi-Fi hotspots. You can see the complete press released here.
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