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Monday, November 01, 2004

NEC Adds TV to Cell Phone

Striking yet another blow for convergence, NEC has just announced its new N940 cell phone, which, among other things, features a television tuner. Although not compatible with U.S. TV bands, the unit suggests the potential of extra features added to cell phones. Qualcomm is upgrading its infrastructure to accommodate video streaming to cell phones, but whether or not there's a market for this remains to be seen.

A truly impressive bit of functionality would be combining a cell phone with satellite TV or radio, with the coup de grace being a miniaturized DVR for true "anytime, anywhere" TV viewing. Businesses might also be interested in enhanced video functionality for on-the-fly videoconferencing.

Source: Engadget