Summary

I’m reviewing the debate on a Digg.com post.

This Digg debate covered several areas of understanding of the technology to bring more video options to handheld units. Many voiced their doubts about the demands in the marketplace and some explained that the market will be there as the technology matures.

The insights provided a significant amount of information that must be considered for this technology to succeed.

Articles

Small Screen Blues by Brad Linder PVRWire.com 8/13/06

See document: small-screen-blues

See also: LA Times Article: No Big Demand for Small Screen by Matea Gold

LA Times Article: No Big Demand for Small Screen by Matea Gold 8/10/06

See document: la-et-polltv10aug10,1,3332297.story

Article suggests teens will not be interested in watching videos on Small Screen products like the iPod and PSP and other devices.

Was the writing Tainted?

Poll Subjectivism at Play?

“About half of young adults and 4 in 10 teenagers said they were uninterested in watching television shows or movies on computers, cellphones or hand-held devices such as video iPods, the poll found.”

This quote from the LA times, could have easily been written to state, ‘About half of young adults and 6 in 10 teenagers said they were interested in watching television shows or movies on computers, cellphones or hand-held devices such as video iPods.’

Insights from Comments

Below are some of the insights that I pulled from this dialogue:

Understanding the medium

  • PixelCloud, “Portable music is good because you don’t have to do anything to listen to it. Just press play. Watching a video requires that you watch it, and hold the device.”
  • Portable DVD players are too large for watching movies in bed???
  • Handheld video is great for a subway, bus, train or plane but might not be so great for people that drive cars ~ Passengers???
  • Do you want to watch a small video? No Would you watch a small video? Yes
  • Would Video iPods take off as educational tool? iPods had a good start thanks in small part to Duke University.
  • Resolution stupid not screen size
  • Having the Daily Show fresh in your Ipod every day to watch during spare intervals is Great

Obstacles

  • Battery life – always a concern.
  • Teens don’t dictate all markets, especially heavy business travelers – from Willynilly.
  • Reflective surface on PSP makes it difficult to watch video in sunlight.
  • If the price of video is right, people will watch it!

Funny Comments

Kajoob mumbled, “I’m still in the womb and I think these tiny devices are perfect for my small fetal hands and eyes.”

DesertSquirrel stated, “If you have to take a massive sh!t (explitive edited), watching TV on a small screen might be all right.”

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