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LocationFree Television In Tokyo

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the i'd-like-a-one-way-to-japan-please dept.

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Jonny Marx writes "A hands-on review from Tokyo suggests that LoctionFree Television works at long last. There are also photos of it in action, streaming pre-recorded TV over the net to a mobile PSP." From the article: "Sony's previous LocationFree TV products required the use of a dedicated portable terminal -- essentially a portable LCD TV with Wi-Fi connection -- that not only added to the cost of the system but could also be a hassle to carry around, especially for people who already travel with a laptop PC. Recognizing this, or perhaps responding to competition from two U.S. start-ups offering similar products, the latest iteration of the technology, the LF-PK1, isn't so fussy and will stream to laptop PCs running Sony's LocationFree Player or to a PlayStation Portable (PSP) running firmware version 2.5 (a free upgrade to this version is available via the PSP's network update function)."

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61 comments

energy is liberated through blasphemy (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14115848)

: God I demand your presents in front of me as my soul fills with
: blasphemous thought of you. My cock is hard and getting harder as my
: mind goes to down to the depths of hell. I go there to defy all
: holiness and beg Satan to take my mind body and soul. The
: filthy "mother of dog" mary, I also demand you're your presents
: because I want you to know how I plan to fill your filthy nasty cunt
: with cum impregnating you. Mary when you are giving birth, I will
: grab jesus christ your putrid son by his throat restricting his
: breath with one hand and with the other I will punch you in your
: stomach as hard as I can forcing your rotten son out of you cunt. I
: will hold your son up in the air and slice his fucking little cock
: off and placing his cock in your cunt while I hold christ's bleeding
: body and the hole that is now where his cock was over your mouth. The
: blood of gOd will be pouring down mary's throat. I will still be
: punching you until you are black and blue all over. God the father
: will be watching and I will stop just before I kill you because all
: the demons in hell will fuck you every second, which will cause you
: to curse the name of gOd while you drink gallons of evil cum. I will
: put you mary the mother of dog on gOds alter in heaven and fuck you
: in front of gOd. After I'm done fucking you and bruising every inch
: of your body, I will kick you aside and drag gOd by the balls up to
: his alter. After I shit in gOd's face, I will place his foul retched
: body on the alter and call upon the holy spirit to witness my skin
: that fuck pig alive.
: Hurting gOd is my goal, blasphemy gOd in his church is my goal,
: gutting gOds body is my goal, cumming down gOds throat is my goal,
: aborting jEsUs cHrIsT is my goal, spitting in gOds face is my goal,
: punching and kicking gOd until his body is all black and blue, is my
: goal, killing anything holy is my goal, hearing gOd pray to Satan is
: my goal, sticking my cock in gOds ass and filling it with cum is my
: goal, taking a knife and sticking it in gOd's ass and cutting his
: body through his neck and into gOd's rotten brains is my goal, eating
: gOd's brains and shitting them out of my asshole is my goal. Feeding
: my shit that has gOd's brains in it to mary is my goal, smearing my
: cum shit and piss all over the holy spirit of gOd is my goal, cursing
: and blasphemous thoughts of the holy spirit every second I'm alive is
: my goal, to purposely blasphemy the holy spirit because gOd said it
: is unforgivable sin is my goal, defiling and defecating holy symbols
: of gOd is my goal, placing gOd's under my feet is my goal, mocking
: cursing jesus christ's name and presents is my goal, sinning and
: hurting gOd for Satan my master is my goal, ripping wings off angels
: and filling their mouths with cum is my goal, and having all the
: demons in hell come into my body and use it for pleasurable
: fornication against all holiness is my goal.
: You see gOd you filthy fucker I want to go to hell. I walk in the
: valley of evil cursing god with no fear because Satan is in my soul.
: I pray to Satan to become part of me while in my mind heart and soul
: I take anything holy and for gOd out of me and replace that filthy
: vile holiness with unthinkable blasphemy and pure hatred of gOd's
: soul. I will always walk with Satan cursing god and praying that my
: soul gets blacker and filled with evil all the days of my life. So
: gOd joins me and witnesses my doings.
: gOd you are a piece of shit you are less then a dog and you are
: listening to me right now. Listening to my complete defiling and
: denying, but most of all my blasphemy of the holy spirit. Satan takes
: total control of every inch of me. Satan is my savior and lives in my
: body where he will live forever. Satan ad's me in sinning and helps
: me deliver other souls to hell making them deny gOd. I feel almighty
: Satan growing inside of me and I pray to you that you never ever
: leave my mind, body, and soul helping me defile god and all of his
: holiness. I'm begging you with my own free will and mind. I now that
: my spirit will go to hell cursing the name of gOd. All of me is yours
: Satan take me I beg you please take me and live inside of me.

: My father who is from hell and dwells inside of me hollowed be you
: evil spirit. Your kingdom come will be done and god's will is ending.
: Your most evil and vile wishes will be done through me. Never let a
: minute of my mind be free of cursing and denying the name and
: presents of god Jehovah. gOd is watching me giving my soul to you
: Satan and as I piss all over gOd and the pure holy.
: To Satan Oh Lord is they kingdom and the power for ever and ever.
: Hosanna in the lowest depths of hell, to Satan who will reign in
: heaven, to my negative side, and to my positive side

: Crush the sPiRiT of gOd.
: Hail Satan

Re:energy is liberated through blasphemy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14115870)

Yay!

Hail Santa!

I bet you're a laugh-a-minute down the pub, aren't ya, Chuckles?

Re:energy is liberated through blasphemy (1)

physman_wiu (933339) | more than 8 years ago | (#14124832)

someone has issues *wink wink*

Re:energy is liberated through blasphemy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14115913)

... eating gOd's brains and shitting them out of my asshole is my goal. Feeding my shit that has gOd's brains in it to mary is my goal, smearing my cum shit and piss all over the holy spirit of gOd is my goal,


*grin*

Did that remind anyone else of this:

"All you motherfuckers are gonna pay. You are the ones who are the ball-lickers. We're gonna fuck your mothers while you watch and cry like little bitches. Once we get to Hollywood and find those Miramax fucks who are making that movie, we're gonna make 'em eat our shit, then shit out our shit, then eat their shit which is made up of our shit that we made 'em eat. Then you're all you motherfucks are next. Love, Jay and Silent Bob."


Hehe.

Re:energy is liberated through blasphemy (0, Offtopic)

gd23ka (324741) | more than 8 years ago | (#14117589)

Yeah, we'll tell you what, I"m the biggest blasphemer of them all. Neither YOUR gOd nor YOUR sAtAn are my masters. I will not have any masters.

sweet, more sony DRM! (3, Funny)

cyber1kenobi (666018) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115868)

I bet this software doesn't do anything evil to the PCs it touches.

Re:sweet, more sony DRM! (1)

pdiaz (262591) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115922)

On the other hand, for $20 per install I sure hope it does something more than just displaying my TV remotely. At least it will justify the price!!!

Re:sweet, more sony DRM! (1)

slideroll (901934) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116328)

It puts the loction on its skin or else it gets the hose again...

Re:sweet, more sony DRM! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14116704)

Two stories in a row with comments that made me really laugh.

Must be the fumes.

See my other laugh [slashdot.org]

I think some people are missing some potential (1)

TheGreatThinker (933944) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116432)

There's a lot about this system that I think people are overlooking, and that's mainly that it will interface with things like your DVD player or DVR. Picture having a DVD player that has a disc changer in it, especially if it's one that can hold a large quantity of discs. If you could load up all of your favorite movies, or DVD TV sets into your DVD player, you can access them all from anywhere, and have them stream to your laptop or PSP, so long as you have a good internet connection. I don't know about a lot of people, but when I go on vacation, I don't like either paying for too expensive movies in hotels, or lugging my DVD collection around with me. Potentially, with location free, whatever is in your DVD player is accessible on your laptop or PSP. All I have to do is tell my DVD player to change discs. I'm assuming something like that is possible, especially if it can interface with a DVR quite easily. Since the base station can send out infra red signals to your home theater equipment, it should be possible. I think it would be pretty nice to be able to access my DVD collection, or even a portion of it, from anywhere, without having to worry about having the DVD present. You even might have the possibility to do this with CDs (although considering Sony's recent activity I have to wonder if it allows for streaming audio). You could also do this with a DVR, if the hotel you were staying in didn't have cable, but had internet access (like that happens), or if you wanted to access formerly recorded programs instead of the crap that's usually on. You could also use it for the TV streaming functionality. I'm wondering if you could even interface it with say... sattelite radio, if it allows for the transfer of audio. If you have your sattelite radio hooked into your base station, it may be possible just to stream the audio to your PSP or laptop. Personally, I spend a lot of time sitting around campus in between classes, and sometimes I have little to do. Sitting on the library computers or reading magazines gets boring. I wouldn't mind something to break up the monotony of it all. It would especially be nice to get streaming audio, if possible, from location free. The campus is entirely wireless, so I'd have access to my music no matter where I was. Another dumb idea I had (probably because I'm paranoid) is perhaps you could hook it up to some sort of video surveillance type thing, or digital camcorder, and make sure no one is poking around your house while your out. Or get some very interesting ... shows... from significant others while away on business. The possibilities are endless! And yes, I realize I'm getting farfetched now, but I can't help but be ridiculous sometimes.

Re:sweet, more sony DRM! (1)

stickb0y (260670) | more than 8 years ago | (#14117069)

To be fair:

  • Sony didn't actually write the infamous DRM/rootkit software.
  • Sony Electronics is significantly less evil than the music division, and Sony is so large that the divisions really don't know what the others are doing. I bet a lot of the people at Sony Electronics are pretty pissed that the music division (which tied the electronics division's hands and prevented them from making an iPod competitor earlier) is now dragging the entire brand name through the mud.

Direct signal? (1)

Chris Bradshaw (933608) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115876)

So why not reverse it and and use our broadband connections at home for location free network access? Now I'd buy that...

LocationFree Television? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14118739)

I've got to be somewhere to receive it!

---
No matter where you go, there you are.

A window into my living room? (3, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115885)

The ability to use the PSP as a portable window to my living room certainly sounds like an interesting proposition so I test drove the system for a couple of weeks to see how it works in real life and the verdict is: pretty well.

It's a portable window into TV. I'm not quite sure that I understand the point and it seems like an awful waste of money and bandwidth. Why not just prerecord the content and then move it to the device and watch it? Is live TV that big of a deal?

BTW -- you have to upgrade the firmware on the PSP to use this... I wonder why that is ;-)

Clarifying what the product is (2, Informative)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115906)

You're right. When I read the summary, I thought this was referring to IP TV, like television content being beamed to your PSP or laptop.

It is, but only sort of. The idea is that you have a base station set up at your house, and your PSP or laptop is a receiver for television from your base station. In other words, you're getting the IP "signal" from your base station, not from the content providers directly. The content providers are still using traditional means of getting tv to your base station (i.e. cable, broadcast, or satellite).

You have to use Sony's software (or hardware, if using a PSP) to access your base station. Frankly, I'm not so sure I trust Sony's software on my machine. Their record recently in this regard isn't too encouraging. Aren't there already open source alternatives that will let you have this kind of functionality already? I mean, maybe not on the PSP, but at least on a laptop set up as a MythTV front end or something?

And personally, Location Free televsision doesn't get me too excited, because I'm never away from my house for that long a period at a time. What I'd really like to see is Network Executive Free television.

Re:Clarifying what the product is (0, Flamebait)

Xarius (691264) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116077)

I'm not so sure I trust Sony's software on my machine. Their record recently in this regard isn't too encouraging.

Are you still using Windows?

I thought so...

Not a Windows problem (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14117182)

No, don't you dare to try to shift the blame for the Sony rootkit fiasco on Microsoft. Sony isn't some fly-by-night hacker hoping that we'll run their trojan and make them famous for their hacker skills.

Sony is supposed to be a reputable company, one that doesn't hack its customers' computers or open up security holes to punish the customer for paying good money to the company to listen to the new Van Zant song. (Or the old Neil Diamond one...)

Most people take some basic precautions to protect their computer from software they don't trust. They use antivirus software, anti-spyware software, use broadband routers to prevent direct access to their machine, etc. Most have learned not to give Nigerians their bank account numbers. Most have learned not to click on e-mails with strange-looking URLs asking them for their PayPal passwords. 99.999% of the time, taking these sensible precautions is more than enough for Windows users to work without incident.

Now, thanks to Sony, it not enough any more. Now they have to be wary of the people we are supposed to trust. Now these formerly reputable companies are using the same tactics as petty common criminals with similar goals: to prevent you from using a piece of equipment you own for your own enjoyment and possibly even to spy on what you are doing with that equipment.

No, Microsoft didn't sneak into my house one night and install Windows on my computer without me knowing. When you pop a Windows disc in the CD drive of your Linux system, it doesn't try to sneak itself on your hard drive and then hide itself so that you don't know it's there and keep your Linux applications from working.

Of the things that Microsoft is guilty of, this is most defintely not one. In my mind, there's no comparison. While Microsoft can be ignorant, this was outright malicious. It was a kick in the face and anyone who buys a Sony anything after this is an idiot for helping to support a company that has demonstrated such willful contempt towards its customers.

The parent didn't say he was infected. Hopefully, he has autoplay turned off (another of those sensible measures to take). What he said was that he doesn't trust Sony. I don't blame him, and I don't either.

Re:Clarifying what the product is (1)

forkazoo (138186) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116115)

And personally, Location Free televsision doesn't get me too excited, because I'm never away from my house for that long a period at a time. What I'd really like to see is Network Executive Free television.

I agree. It seems like most shows aren't that time sensitive. So, the biggest sell I can think of would be watching your local news while you are on vacation. Except that your local news will be broadcast at some sane hour locally, meaning that you would have to watch it at like 4:00 am wherever you are vacationing.

Sorry if I'm unenthusiastic. To me, location free TV means that I should be able to watch French, German, Canadian, and Japanese TV without any hassles, from here in the US. That would be cool. It would be doubly cool if I could get something like Baghdad local news subtitled in English, because I don't speak any arabic.

I would surely have tuned into French news recently during the riots. The bit torrent sites aren't all that universal or organised for me to get Stargate and France Deux from the same site, unfortunately, and TV on the internet isn't anywhere near as widespread as radio. :(

Re:A window into my living room? (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116065)

Not only isn't live television that vital - television itself isn't vital. At first, I thought this device would mostly be useful during important news events like a terrorist attack or the death of a president or another massive natural disaster in the country. Some sort of thing you can't tear yourself away from and you feel compelled to watch a lot. However, if the event is serious enough, where could you go to ESCAPE it in the first place?

When the london bombings occurred a few months ago, every television on this campus (I work for a Fortune 200 tech company) was turned to CNN non-stop for several days (that's one television about every 30 feet). Not to mention, the internet and other easily accessible means.

Of course, there are a few good shows on television. I like The Shield, Rescue Me, Over There . . . but those can all be rented from Netflix.

Won't work in US (1)

boingyzain (739759) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115889)

In the US, most people don't have internet lines fast enough to support streaming video.

Part of the firmware update war (2, Insightful)

aans (933874) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115898)

PSP hasn't been out on the market long, and firmware updates are coming out as fast as hacks can be made for them.

To me, that is funny. The endless waltz of people releasing useful software for them(emulators), and then Sony does an upate soon after, with an incentive like a browser, wireless tv, etc.

Maybe I'll get a PSP when the dust settles.

Cool but... (1)

pdiaz (262591) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115900)

...do you really need that much your regular dose of TV when you are in travel?. Seems a little extreme to me

Truly revolutionary. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14115903)

Someone has finally done it and made the major breakthrough of broadcasting television signals instead of passing them over cable or narrow WiFi connections. This is amazing and a great step forward.

I wonder what would be next? Someone might consider something that would enable music to be broadcast to special receivers wirelessly, using the new research-and-development IO (RadIO) technology. This could be the true innovation of the 21st century.

Re:Truly revolutionary. (2, Insightful)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115953)

Well, that depends.

I don't think this is the start of a new era yet. I think that will come when content providers start skipping traditional media distribution channels (movie theaters and television networks) and distributing content directly to the consumers via the Internet. All this device does is extend the reach of traditional media distribution channels.

Frankly, I see this device as merely another tool that companies like Sony can use to try to control and observe where, when, and how consumers can watch content that they and their cohorts provide. I know, it sounds cynical, but this is Sony we're talking about here. You know, the same folks that thought installing a rootkit on your computer is okay because most people don't know what it is?

I share your enthusiam an excitement for the revolution. I just don't think this is it. Yet. Godwilling, it will happen before all innovation is completely outlawed, and it will happen quickly so that we can all enjoy it for a little while before the creator(s) get sued into submission.

Re:Truly revolutionary. (1)

Hast (24833) | more than 8 years ago | (#14117307)

Woooooosh.

Re:Truly revolutionary. (1)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 8 years ago | (#14117654)

No, I got it, I just chose to respond to it seriously. (I thought that the "enthusiasm" comment would hint at a little bit of tit-for-tat sarcasm...)

As I said, though the parent's post was humorous, I really do think that IPtv will be revolutionary. But as I also said, this ain't it.

Re:Truly revolutionary. (1)

usually quiet (547353) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116206)

Truly Funny!
I would mod you up if I had points.

Does this mean that the boycott of Sony has ended?

What is revolutionary about this (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116226)

Rewritten without sarcasm:

Someone has finally done it and made the major breakthrough of unicasting television signals instead of passing them over cable or narrow WiFi connections or forcing everybody to watch the same program at the same time. This is amazing and a great step forward.

Re:Truly revolutionary. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14116605)

I'm sorry, RCA has applied for the patent, still pending since 1919, and the trademark for this "RadIO" you speak of. Please create a new term like "LocationFree" and figure out a new way to do this. May I suggest that you do this by wasting bandwidth on your WiFi network and contacting Sony to produce it?

And this is different from Media Center How? (0, Offtopic)

SeraphimXI (927683) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115928)

It's basically msft media center being used on a wireless network? I could have sworn this is already being done by http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/ont hego/default.mspx [microsoft.com] microsoft with the media center extenders (including the xbox 360) only you don't have to pay 300 bucks for a glorified external tv tuner card. *yawn*

Can PSP have something more useful than TV? (1)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115942)

I've had my PSP for about a couple months now. I like like the interface and the fact that there is a large library of movies avaiable that I can watch on my PSP. I wish I could go down to Hollywood Video and rent some of the movies in PSP format. I also like the web browser feature despite the fact that everything is in one font.
However, I have no need for LocationFree Television. Not when there are other things that PSP users want such as a PDF reader for reading PDF files or a Flash file plug-in for playing games and watching animations on Newgrounds.com. Or perhaps the one thing ex-Clie users want: Time management software.

PSP Web Browser (2, Funny)

fwitness (195565) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116790)

I'm glad I upgraded to 2.0 also. I'm using the web browser right now, and it is fan--OUT OF MEMORY--

Re:Can PSP have something more useful than TV? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14117056)

Sony should definately be writing their own Macromedia Flash player! (I leave PDF/Adobe Acrobat out of this because PDF is open enough)
I mean, it's not like Macromedia is really the only one writing the plugins for all our current browsers that can use it, and everything.

Maybe if Sony tried -working- with Macrodobe, they could have browser plugins like that. But they're not going to be making it on their own.

On another note: Just how easy is it going to be playing Flash games with no mouse or keyboard? Yes, there could be special PSP-centric flash games, but still.

Re:Can PSP have something more useful than TV? (1)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14118792)

True. Especially when they can use Eric S. Raymond's libungif and still charge $300 for the PSP.

So exactly how much money is Eric getting from PSP sales?

Re:Can PSP have something more useful than TV? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14117529)


Whose OS would you use: Several American accounting college dropouts' or a Finnish computer science college graduate's?


Bill and Steve aren't the ones writing Windows.

I can see playing games on the PSP, but... (1)

Guru84 (932641) | more than 8 years ago | (#14115979)

...I don't see watching TV on it. I'm sure people would like to, but it seems a little over the top. I think everyone needs to step away from the TV at some point, and being able to carry it around with you on a PSP or other device just seems excessive to me. I bought a PSP to play GAMES, not watch TV. I wish the lines between the differences in certain products would stop being blurred into one another. From MY experiences, even in name brand products, a device made for ONE thing usually does that ONE thing really well, and a multifunction device usually has shoddy features and could be better. Eh... whoops, I think I started venting a little.

Re:I can see playing games on the PSP, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14116016)

I bought a PSP to play GAMES, not watch TV

And I'd buy a PSP if this decision wasn't an exclusive-or.

Then again, plenty of handhelds have had analogue TV-tuners, I think some even had composite-in.

Re:I can see playing games on the PSP, but... (1)

Bushido Hacks (788211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116993)

I agree. The LocationFree program is nothing more that the television dinosaurs trying to keep us in line. I gave up on televsion when G4 took over TechTV. Televsion is dead to me. This is just another instance of the flaw of technological convergence. I buy a Cell Phone to place and recieve calls. I don't buy it because it can play video or music. I buy the PSP to play games, movies, music, and browse the internet and some files. I did not buy it to watch televison. When people can let go of television and mainstream radio is when they can think for themselves and stop merging television into every device.

...or just do it for free... Orb.com? (1)

cyber1kenobi (666018) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116001)

I forgot about this in my first post, but you can get the same function from Orb.com. My friend got me to purchase a PocketPC 6700 through Sprint (amazing device, same old Micro$oft problems) and their Vision service allows me to log in to the Orb site. With the Orb software running on any of my computers, I am able to have access to all of that content while mobile. Pretty schlick.

Re:...or just do it for free... Orb.com? (1)

SilverJets (131916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116437)

Yup! I use Orb and love it. Why would I want to pay SONY for something I can do for free? Especially when their software will be saddled with DRM and probably a root kit too.

Slingbox (2)

Belseth (835595) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116009)

I've been curious about Slingbox for TV on the go. I was also wondering if you could run DVR software without hardware with one as well. It'd solve some problems at home as well as on the go. I'd be curious to hear from anyone familiar with Slingboxes? Seems like a good solution, just not sure if it works as advertised.

Re:Slingbox (1)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 8 years ago | (#14118335)

"I've been curious about Slingbox for TV on the go. I was also wondering if you could run DVR software without hardware with one as well. It'd solve some problems at home as well as on the go. I'd be curious to hear from anyone familiar with Slingboxes? Seems like a good solution, just not sure if it works as advertised."

I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "run DVR software without hardware" question. The Slingbox hooks up to a video source, say a Tivo, and allows you to control that video source as if you were in the same physical space: so, hooked up to a DVR, you can play, record, watch, just as if you were doing it from home. But you aren't recording to your computer, you are just telling the Tivo to start recording, etc.

Re:Slingbox (1)

Belseth (835595) | more than 8 years ago | (#14119623)

Since it was acting like a tuner I was wondering if you could use the signal to run DVR software without a tuner card. I should have been more specific. I've yet to try any of the DVR software but it'd be a way to run the software without additional hardware potentially. There are external tuner boxes of coarse but it'd be a lot cheaper and simpler if I could just do it through the slingbox. I'm already thinking about it as a rabbit system so I can run wireless cable through all my computers. Potentially each would then be a DVR. Sometimes I go days without seeing anything I want to record then I wind up with three things on at once. Just be handy.

Re:Slingbox (1)

jtoeman (934467) | more than 8 years ago | (#14131307)

Hi,

I work for Sling Media - been lurking on slashdot for about 6 years, btw - just wanted to let you know we don't directly support recording at this time, although it is a feature we've been looking at for a while. The reason we didn't include it at launch was due to most of our first customers owned TiVos or other DVRs, so we felt we could prioritize on other features to start.

Best, Jeremy

Re:Slingbox (1)

mikegre (156555) | more than 8 years ago | (#14123487)

I have a slingbox. I am able to watch my living room tv on my laptop as long as I am in range of a Verizon ev-do signal.

In other news... (1)

djupedal (584558) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116024)

Nokia today announced the demise of the N series, saying they will move to focus on TV on mobiles/handshelds in 2006 (in addition to other things)... br>
Someone knows something.

Ouch! Pricey! (1)

blueZhift (652272) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116079)

This all seems interesting, but a bit pricey if you ask me. I can copy shows from my TiVo to my PC on the home network and watch them on the PC without paying another nickel. In the U.S. at least, I think LocationFree TV is going to be up against some stiff competition in the form of TiVo To Go.

Re:Ouch! Pricey! Maybe not! (1)

steve_bryan (2671) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116410)

Now that it allows you to use the inexpensive PSP as your portable viewer the only expensive part of the setup is the base station. An interesting rumor that I read is the possibility that the PS3 will include the base station capability. So if you are a gamer the system is pretty much available at no added cost.

Also I think some people have been assuming too many limitations. Besides allowing you to view live TV from your home anywhere in the workd where you have broadband access it is also supposed to allow access to your DVR. Depending on how much content you keep on your DVR that could be a lot of content that is of interest to you. If you could add access to your entire DVD library that would make your media collection something that you could bring with you anywhere (assuming broadband availability).

It was available in Korea early this year, 2005. (1)

holywarrior21c (933929) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116124)

This is similar to Digital Multimedia Broadcasting service which is available in Korea at this moment. What is available in Korea is location free Digital Satelite REAL TIME TV broadcast. Not a recorded VOD download or anything like that. So cell phones in Korea has chip in it so while you are moving you can watch digital channels just like you would watch at home without having carrying giant 3feet long antenna or 1foot wide satelitte dish, it is integrated into small chip with much smaller antenna which is small enough to fit into cellphones, laptops, PDAs. In Korea, you can get laptops, PDAs, GPS, cellphones capable of DMB. The phone from Samsung with DMB costs $700 at the cheapest. It will be available in Europe end of next year and in north America it will take more time, i guess.

Yeah, they brought it from Japan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14116280)

# This is similar to Digital Multimedia Broadcasting service which is available in Korea at this moment.

Well, if you are believing Korea's DMB is remarkable, you might be Korean, or you are really foolish enough to believe one of Korean false claims.

DMB IS the Japanese technology. Japanese maker launched the service first (supposedly Korean maker planed to launch first but they got horrible technical problems), and Japan already had a DMB mobile device and service before Korean had implemented it. This PSP thing is about streaming TV through Internet, not receiving TV signal. It's not comparable.

Re:Yeah, they brought it from Japan (1)

higon (568758) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116308)

I would note that the satellite which Korean DMB service is using is Japanese satellite shot by JAXA (not AJAX). And Japanese broadcaster lent half of its band capacity to Korean broadcaster. So I can say they run on really same infrastructure.

mod uSp (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14116260)

NetBSD user

Need good up bandwidth (1)

pmsyyz (23514) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116284)

I guess it would only work in Japan or Korea because our broadband is so piss poor in the U.S. Go regional monopolies!

Re:Need good up bandwidth (1)

Dugsmyname (451987) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116395)

The original LocationFree TV had 5 different bandwidth modes available. Without at least 300-500k upload speed at the video source, the video was pretty choppy and the audio sounded like it was coming out of a tin can. Although, speeds in my area have been increasing lately... Upload speeds of 512K-1MB are not unheard of for about 50-70 bucks a month... Live tv is cool, beats having all the encoding time and the time to transfer the vids over to the portable device (whether it's a psp, video ipod, pocket pc, whatever)

Re:Need good up bandwidth (1)

pmsyyz (23514) | more than 8 years ago | (#14123983)

I think my cable internet service is pretty average, and I get only 45 KB/s (360 Kb/s) upload (if that's the only think I'm doing).

Vcu8 (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14116566)

will stream to (0, Redundant)

Create an Account (841457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14116821)

. . . will stream to laptop PCs running Sony's LocationFree Player or to a PlayStation Portable (PSP) running firmware version 2.5 (a free upgrade to this version is available via the PSP's network update function)

...aaaaaaaaaand a rootkit.

Is there something like this for Linux? (1)

gylz (550104) | more than 8 years ago | (#14117733)

I`ve been looking for an open source video server for Linux that can send TV/video/audio to my laptop etc.. does such a beast exist?
Peercast [peercast.org] or Videolan [videolan.org] would probably be a good start.

Imagine cable TV in Finland, watching it in Brazil (1)

bebonzo (551939) | more than 8 years ago | (#14118041)

I think most people didn't get what it really is.

Imagine you're from Finland, Local TV is mainly a 'coax cable' TV. Impossible to see outside Finland.
With SONY's solution you can move to Brazil, Spain or Elbonia and watch the live TV broadcasts from Finland.

In Major parts of Europe, most people have a coax cable connection with over 50 channels of local TV (even Town-TV), not on satellite or anything else. For these guys it's a really nice solution that enables them to see live TV anywere on the planet.

For Sports Fans who travel a Must! (1)

chazzzzy (238911) | more than 8 years ago | (#14119317)

Buddy of mine is a famous musician and is currently touring in Europe. I set his unit up for him and he's using it to watch football while on the road. He said he watched a 4 hour game the other day from Germany (home in Los Angeles) on his PSP and it woked like a charm!
  • Couple caveats though: (problems Sony has because it's a content provider as well has hardware manufacturer, and they insist on including DRM which often times kills the product)
  • It only allows you to set up 1 psp per LocationFree unit. (Stupid! No reason for this, because you can only watch one unit at a time anyway. Would have been nice for me to be able to check it out once in a while)
  • I had to purchase another PSP for him, set it up, and Fedex it to him (real pain in the ass) since it couldn't be set up remotely.
They do allow you to watch on a PC but we are Mac based, so that was not an option for us. Other than that, my buddy has it set up with his TiVo and he records the games and controls the TiVo remotely and he says it works like a charm.

Typo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14125511)

Might want to correct this: first mention of "LocationFree" in the text is spelled as "LoctionFree"

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