Posted by Eric Huang on May 7, 2008
The fever is long gone. Brain cells lost never come back.
I’m told by my “friend” Mick Posner my last blog “I have a fever” was “lame”
In response, another collegue and ally said “When’s Mick going to start his blog?”
Strangely enough, readership is up.
I learned new things (while feverish) as I caught up on 5 Lost episodes. After watching 2 episodes on my tiny iPod screen, I discovered that ABC streams the HD versions of the entire 4 seasons on their website for free. I think this is the only show available like this in the world, but I have only looked at NBC, ABC, and BBC sites. For Lost, every 12 minutes or so, I watch a 30 second commercial that I can’t skip, both in-house ads and commercials for Jack-In-The-Box, Nissan, and other stuff. This is pretty cool. As the video loads, the resolution gets better over the first minute or so. This is great because I can start watching immediately.
I also discovered that I don’t really need to see all the scenes in HD. I mean, HD is cool. But seeing the cuts and bruises on people that have been downtrodden isn’t exactly what I was thinking of. (I don’t have a Blu-Ray player or HD signal into my home). I defintely prefer HD for watching “Cars” upscaled from a DVD to 480p. Pixar Rules.
Back to Lost in HD, so if I’m sitting in front of my PC or TV, and have 45 minutes free and I have broadband, then I can watch “Lost” for free in HD. However, I’ve discovered this almost never happens. I’m not sitting anywhere watching anything. I only watch consistantly at the Gym maybe 2-3 times a week on the treadmill. So I still need to carry around my video. I don’t enjoy the iPod screen size, but it’s really convenient. I like to have video available when I want it. I want to watch what I want to watch.
What will I pay for this? About $2 for 48 minutes of entertainment. This is based on the price of a show on/in iTunes store. I have bought Ugly Betty at this price on iTunes. Yes, I watch Ugly Betty, or at least I used to until I lost interest last fall. Based on my Netflix subscription price, and the frequency that I actually watch these (mostly at the gym) I figure I’m paying a little more than a dollar per 48 minutes for these rented DVDs.
My dream Portable Media Player – I want a flash based device with a screen of at least 9 inchs, about the size of an Airbook. If the device had 80GB of space, weighed less than 2 lbs and had a battery life of 4 hours. I would probably pay $300, plus $2 for each 48 minutes of content. I actually think I might pay up to $400, but I’m more of a value guy, so I’d wait for it to drop to $300. I really wonder who would pay what for how much?
USB 3.0 for wired battery charging and data transfer and CWUSB for wireless transfers with a docking station for power and maybe even holding it up during viewing. I don’t need web-browsing or digital camera or anything else. Just music and movies, lightweight, and a large, thin screen.
What does your dream portable media player look like?
What would you pay?
Portable Media Player USB 3.0 Wireless USB