Rover TV Portable Media Player

Promising to "change the way we watch TV," Doghouse Electronics has released the RoverTV, a portable multimedia recorder and player that does something the company claims has never been done before: directly record TV without the use of a computer in a pocket-sized player. The RoverTV is available in two configurations, a $300 "Big Screen" model and a $350 "Wide Screen" model. Both are identical save for the screen size, with the "Big Screen" featuring a 3.5" (320 x 240 pixel resolution) screen and the "Wide Screen" featuring a 4" (480 x 272 pixel resolution) screen.

Since the company believes that hard drives are "clunky," RoverTV uses flash and SD cards; 1 and 2-GB SD cards are included in the package. On those cards you can store MP3s, JPEGs, videos from TiVo's TiVoToGo service and the like, making the RoverTV a fairly capable device.

As for the ability to record TV sans a PC, the RoverTV uses the efficient MPEG4 codec to store video. Of course, you can later offload all that recorded content to a PC with a USB 2.0 connection. The battery life is also generous, offering 12 hours of playback when listening to audio and six hours when viewing video. Look for it in online retailers today.

Product Page [Doghouse Electronics via Digital Trends]