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Intel to Push Portable Digital Video

Boot Camp feature for Monday, July 29, 2002

With digital music players everywhere... now comes digital video. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Those little MP3 music players... .that let you carry your entire music collection everywhere you go are just the start. Intel's market development manager Bryan Peebler tells us...

"We're announcing a new product category called portable video player."

The devices, which Intel expects some manufacturers could have out by early next year, would include an Intel XScale processor, a hard drive and an LCD display. Intel envisions people being able to download TV shows or movies they have recorded... and watching them on airplanes for instance... .

"Or if you're a person that's into fitness, you could take it to the gym and set it on the treadmill in front of you and watch the content while you're exercising. Other places we envision this getting used is on a bus, on a train, any place where you have down time you want to fill by playing back PC or television content for yourself."

And that's a key Intel hopes will avoid legal problems. The players would restrict how that digital content can be shared. The devices will be able to play digital music and show digital photos as well... .and should sell for about four hundred dollars. Will they sell? I haven't seen too many people watching video on PocketPC devices. Intel points out video quality and battery life will be much improved on stand alone video players. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.