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Sanyo's digital terrestrial TV phone

Gareth Edwards

Sanyo digital TV phoneDigital terrestrial broadcasting to mobile devices is supposed to be starting in Japan this October (though the wires have been awful quiet recently), and right on cue, Sanyo hits us with a prototype cellphone that will receive broadcasts in the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format that Japan has adopted. There's enough battery life for two hours of viewing, it'll record and play back programs to a miniSD card, and it also supports data broadcasts to allow all sorts of funky interactiveness while you view, though on a screen that size we cynically suspect that the level of funk may be more uncle-in-bellbottoms than Marvin Gaye.

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