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Portable Media Player With a 7 Inch Screen

Techstination feature for Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A portable media player….with a seven inch screen. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. The problem with a lot of little devices that are capable of playing back movies and TV shows….is that the screens are too small. That isn't the case with Blue Raven's MediaMate. It has a seven inch diagonal screen and 40 or 80 gigabytes of storage. Executive Vice President Barry Yanes…

"Instead of carrying around a DVD device with a hundred DVDs, you literally can store a hundred hours, up to a hundred hours of video on this device and record live off of TV, your DVR, Tivo box or any movies you already own and record them on this device."

The MediaMate weighs about one and a half pounds and is far from being pocket sized. It comes with a vehicle power adapter …and in that setting….for back seat passengers….it may be ideal. You can have a whole library of content available for kids to watch on a road trip. While the 380 dollar price for the 40 gigabyte version is competitive…the screen resolution falls short of what you'll find in many other portable media players. Yanes says…

"We're absolutely talking to the manufacturer about that. There is definitely a balance between the cost of the TFT screen and what you want to retail this device for."

You can find more information at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.