May 26, 2005
Echostar — the DishNetwork folks — are to introduce a portable player this summer.
Based on the AV 700 from Archos (who Echostar recently invested in), the device will hum up to a DishNetwork PVR and download content via USB.
The PocketDish will download a full-length movie in less than 10 minutes from an EchoStar DVR, say people who know details of the product. It will feature hard-disk drives with up to 40 gigabytes of storage. That’s far less than a conventional DVR, but is enough to store 180 hours of standard TV content or 25 hours of TV recorded in the ultrasharp, high-definition format.
EchoStar’s PocketDish will be a spinoff of the Archos AV 700, say industry sources. That device uses Linux software and has a 7-inch screen, but isn’t sold in the U.S.
If this truly arrives as a Linux based product, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when the tweaks get ahold of it…