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Mobile video is ‘go’ for ADS

ADS Technologies unveiled new hardware releases for video fans yesterday, with the launch in the region of its two latest compact multimedia devices; the MiniDualTV and the DVD Xpress DX2.

ADS Technologies unveiled new hardware releases for video fans yesterday, with the launch in the region of its two latest compact multimedia devices; the MiniDualTV and the DVD Xpress DX2.

Speaking yesterday, the company’s boss for Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Tawfik Djafari, told Windows Middle East, “Video entertainment is becoming more mobile, and the accompanying devices smaller and more powerful. As more and more video content becomes available, we believe devices these this feel a real gap in the market.”

Djafari claims the firm’s new DVD Xpress DX2 product is, “the world’s only hardware-based video compression device that can format content for use on Sony’s PSP and Apple’s video iPod.”

The Xpress DX2 effectively enables users to record and reformat their video content for use with portable video players (specifically, the PSP, video iPod and Creative’s Zen Vision). The DX2 can connect to any video device, from digital cameras and camcorders to TVs and even VCRs. As Djafari then adds, “The captured video travels into the box and is compressed by the built-in chip. It’s then adapted to the relevant format, such as MPEG4 for the PSP.”

Featuring scheduled recording and time-shifting capabilities, the DX2 will be distributed throughout the region over coming weeks by ITE Distribution and looks set to retail for around $99.

ADS’s MiniDualTV meanwhile is a tiny hybrid TV tuner and recording device. Available in capacities of 1Gbyte (for $99) and 2Gbytes (for $139), this USB stick can be used to watch and record TV shows on a PC or notebook computer. It comes bundled with an antenna and remote. “This is more than flash memory, although it can be used as such – it’s a digital VCR!” commented Djafari.

The MiniDualTV includes ADS’s MediaTV software (which in turn is compliant with Microsoft’s Media Center version of Windows XP) and is available in several versions. In the Middle East however, and in keeping with the TV services on offer here, only the analogue version will be sold.

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