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How to get all of the entertainment content you want onto your iPhone? If you live in Japan, have a free pocket, and don’t mind shelling out the ¥14,800 (1), Panasonic’s Pocket Server DY-PS10 should do the trick. The handset-sized device can stream content from its built-in SD card slot to your iPhone / iPod touch via a wireless connection. The Pocket Server can handle H.264 files, JPEGs, and MP3s, and the battery should give you about 10 hours of playback. The device will go on sale September 15th in Japan. The rest of us, meanwhile, will have to find other things to fill our pockets with.
Last spring, I wrote about Netflix demo’ing its streaming service on a Windows Phone 7 operating system. Now comes word that Netflix is releasing free applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch that will let subscribers access streaming content on these portable devices.
The free apps can access the streaming service across either a WiFi or 3G data connection. You can even stop in the middle of a movie or TV episode, and then when you come back, it will pick up right where you left off. This works even if you restart on another device, such as your home computer. You can download the free apps from the Apple iTunes store.
This announcement is particularly interesting in the light of recent news reports that Apple is negotiating to rent TV episodes for $.99 each. The all-you-can-eat Netflix service is available to any subscriber with an .99 monthly subscription or higher, so the break-even point is just 10 shows a month, no matter whether you watch on your phone, media player, computer, notebook, video game console, or Internet-connected TV or Blu-ray player. Netflix is expanding its footprint across the entertainment landscape, and Apple’s pay-as-you-go model may be a difficult sell.
Market tracking firm In-Stat has predicted that by 2014, there will be 20 million devices with pico projectors embedded in them. These are tiny front projector devices that use either bright LEDs or tiny lasers as a light source. They can create an image the size of a sheet of paper that can be viewed in most normal room lighting conditions, and with the lights dimmed way down, can make big images 50″ or larger.
In-Stat predicts that mobile phones will account for the bulk of the embedded projectors. This makes sense because mobile phone makers are caught in an endless arms race to add features and apparent value to their products in order to come up with some differentiation. And the current replacement cycle of less than two years requires accelerated development of these new features.
One possible beneficiary of this move may be the various mobile TV services. A cell phone screen is a bit small for most people to use to watch video programming for any length of time. A pico projector could not only make an image big enough for the user to see, it also can create an image that can be shared with other viewers easily.
The key to success will be getting the price down for these devices, but as production volumes increase, they should become more affordable. 20 million projectors in a mobile phone market that currently sells more than a billion units every year is just a fraction of a percent share over the forecast period, so it would seem to be a pretty safe prediction.