Japanese broadcaster NTV has seen the future of mobile television, and wants to share it with you. Sort of.
The company is in the process of holding an expo in Tokyo, where they've lined up some leading Japanese manufacturers
to show off their latest gear, along with concept products that will never see the light of an LCD screen. Among the
current and near-future products were several video-capable cellphones, along with one that can wirelessly output
stills to a printer. Panasonic showed off a system that can pipe terrestrial digital broadcasts into trains, coupled
with a wireless system to allow commuters to hear a broadcast's audio via headsets without disturbing other passengers
(hey, some of us like to work, read -- or sleep -- on the train). Of the items on display, the one that looked most
useful and almost ready for prime time was Sharp's media player with video-on-demand functions (above). The device is
designed to pull down VOD broadcasts via wireless IP, and then store them for later viewing on a hard drive or memory
card. Given the number of DMB
we've seen lately, including some with DVR-like
, we'd say an IPTV VOD DVR PMP is an idea whose time has come. OK?