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Coming Soon: High-Definition TV Phones


NY Times - October 21: The cellphone industry is working to build miniature mobile HDTV sets. Texas Instruments, the largest maker of computer chips for mobile phones is developing technology that will allow wireless handsets to receive hundreds of high-definition channels. The phones would not be marketed until 2007.


Both Texas Instruments and Qualcomm, the world's second largest maker of chips for mobile phones, said the HDTV phones would be in widespread tests by 2006. The new chips would receive digital signals that would display uninterrupted images while a user is moving.


Texas Instruments and other chip makers envision consumers receiving television signals, not over the existing cellular network, but from a separate network, like a satellite television network.


"There's no reason why, in three to four years, you won't have 200 channels on your cellphone," said Marc Cetto, a general manager in the handset division of Texas Instruments. He said he expected that the technology's appeal would be "event-driven," attracting consumers who want to watch programming like sports and news.


In the case of television technology, there are a number of unanswered questions, like whether consumers would want to pay for programming as they do now for standard satellite TV or how much they would be asked to pay.


Another question is whether consumers who have become accustomed to watching television on huge sets at home would be interested in watching shows on tiny screens.

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"There's no reason why, in three to four years, you won't have 200 channels on your cellphone,"
Okay, who really thinks that there will be 200 HD channels available at all in three to four years, let alone 200 available by cell phone?
 

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You cant even get good TELEPHONE reception on your phone now... how are you going to get good HD SATELLITE tv reception?
 

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and just wait till the first car accident cuz the driver was trying to watch ESPN HD but was getting so upset because of the bars on either side of the screen.
 

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I'd be happy if my cell phone just worked correctly. Never mind hd on it, just finish the whole talking to another person without getting cut off thing !
 

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Heard a news flash on XM radio this afternoon that record labels are starting to release music albums on memory sticks for use in cell phones. Soon we won't need A/V equipment we'll just need a miniature phone with ear buds that we hold a few inches from our eyes. Maybe we should all become Borgs.
 

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I long for the good old days when we only had to worry about people DRINKING and driving.


Now, they are surfing, swapping memory stix, playing video games, sending faxes, checking e-mails, and watching movies. Of course, those are still legal.
 

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I long for the good old days when we only had to worry about people DRINKING and driving.


Now, they are surfing, swapping memory stix, playing video games, sending faxes, checking e-mails, and watching movies. Of course, those are still legal.
It's bad enough people are totally distracted just using a cell in the car for conversation. I wish we would adopt some of the European strategies dealing with cell phones and driving, as in it is illegal. I wonder how the states with laws prohibiting video displays in the front of vehicles are going to deal with cell phones with HD?


My biggest question would be how in the world would HD look any better than one of those tiny Watchman type portable sets? The screens are so incredibly small. The worst signal in the world looks great on those, so I honestly don't see how displaying HD would look any different, unless the cell phone companies are also going to introduce accessories like a 5" clip-on magnifying lens.
 
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