Monday, November 14, 2005

I4U News - Sponge Bob TV Series Downloads Come to VuGo PMP 

"When I was a kid the best thing I could get, mobile entertainment-wise, was the View-Master (yes, the site says they are celebrating 65 years of fun and no, I am not that old!).

\Hasbro's VuGo was announced in September. Today it was announced that Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network will offer the online sale of several half-hour programs for $2.99 per download, and that the programs will be formatted to play exclusively on the VuGo.

We Say: Oh, to be a kid nowadays. Based on price, the VuGo (Amazon: $119.99) is the most likely things for kids to have, so the deal makes sense, but I still see what I consider (maybe I'm too old-school?) to be too many children carrying portable DVD players, video games, etc. to dinner - whatever happened to talking to your parents at a restaurant? " (more)

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Video iPod Competion: Zen Vision 

Creative Introduces the Zen Vision - 30GB MP3 Player With 3.7-Inch SharpPix High-Resolution 262,144-Color Screen for Photo and Video Viewing
Gorgeous Magnesium-Encased Player Delivers Eight Times the Image Resolution and more than Three Times the Screen Size of the Apple iPod

MILPITAS, Calif. - August 3, 2005 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced the Zen Vision™ MP3 player (MSRP: $399) with a 3.7-inch SharpPix™ high-resolution 640x480 262,144-color screen for photo viewing and digital video playback. Featuring a transflective screen that provides excellent image and video quality even in bright sunlit conditions, the 30GB Zen Vision carries up to 15,000 songs, tens of thousands of photos, or up to 120 hours of video. Available in either pearl white or black, the Zen Vision measures 4.9 by 2.9 by .8 inches and weighs only 8.4 ounces. It is available today for pre-order at for only US$399.99.
"The Zen Vision is our most versatile and coolest-looking digital entertainment player ever," said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative. "It supports download and subscription music services, photo transfer directly from a Compact Flash card or up to 17 variations of media through our optional Compact Flash Adapter. With the SharpPix technology, your digital photos can look even better than prints. Plus the Zen Vision supports video from TiVoToGo™ and popular Internet video formats including DivX™, so it's really easy and fun to enjoy your favorite music, photos and videos wherever you go." (more)

The Apple Store (U.S.): Video iPod 

WATCH VIDEO of Steve Jobs presentation. (QT7)

The new Apple iPod. The 20GB version is selling for $299 and the 60GB iPod for $399. The display measures 2.5 inch. Resolution is 320x240 pixels. Battery life is up to 20 hours.

New iTunes 6.0 (available now) features music videos, movies and TV shows for downloading at $1.99 each.

Set your music in motion

First, iPod put music in your pocket. Now it puts on a show. With support for up to 15,000 songs and up to 150 hours of video on a 2.5-inch QVGA color display, iPod gives you the ultimate music experience — sight and sound — in a lighter, thinner design. Available in classic white and dramatic black. (More)

Up to 20 hours
of battery life

The 60GB iPod offers up to 20 hours of music playback between charges, and the 30GB offers 14 hours. The iPod battery can be charged up to 80 percent capacity in 2 hours; a full charge takes 4 hours.

Apple Introduces Video, TV Playing IPod

The Associated Press / Washington Post
Wednesday, October 12, 2005; 2:34 PM

Apple Computer Inc. unveiled Wednesday an iPod capable of playing videos, evolving the portable music player of choice into a multimedia platform for everything from TV shows to music videos.

Videos will now be sold alongside songs on Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Fueled by record sales of its iPod players and strong back-to-school computer sales, Apple Computer Inc. said Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, its fourth-quarter net income surged more than 300 percent to $430 million, marking the company's highest ever earnings and sales for a quarter and year.

Citing a groundbreaking deal with ABC Television Group, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs said the online iTunes store will sell episodes of hit shows "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" for $1.99 each, making them available the day after they air on television. (more)

Saturday, August 13, 2005

I4U News - ZVUE MP4 Player now with Low Price at Wal-Mart $94.86 

I4U News - ZVUE MP4 Player now with Low Price at Wal-Mart: "ZVUE took the next step in getting their low-cost portable video player to the masses by getting Wal-Mart to carry this MP4 player. The company pushed the MSRP under $100 from $150."

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Best Indie Film - 

We have great Indie video. Sit down with some popcorn and enjoy a great indie movie with our massive site of indie downloads.

And while you are at it, pick up a ZVUE (like a video iPod, only Apple doesn’t make a video iPod) to watch some of the Best Indie Film and Indie Downloads on the Internet.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - Disney to release films for Sony PSP game device - Disney to release films for Sony PSP game device: "The home video arm of the Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday said it would release movies in the newly-developed UMD format for Sony's PlayStation Portable handheld video game and media device.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment said it would release five movies this spring: 'National Treasure,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,' 'Reign of Fire,' 'Kill Bill Vol. 1' and 'Hero.' More titles will be announced during the year, it said.
The UMD, or Universal Media Disc, holds about three times the capacity of a regular CD. It was developed specifically for Sony's PSP, to be released in North America on March 24.
Disney is the first major Hollywood studio other than Sony's own Sony Pictures division to announce UMD support. Lions Gate Entertainment, a smaller independent film studio, is also backing UMD."

Saturday, January 08, 2005 - HandHeld Entertainment Names Jeffrey D. Oscodar as President and Chief Executive Officer - HandHeld Entertainment Names Jeffrey D. Oscodar as President and Chief Executive Officer: "HandHeld Entertainment today announced that Jeffrey D. Oscodar has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of HandHeld Entertainment. Oscodar replaces Nathan Schulhof who resigned as president and CEO for health reasons.

i-Newswire, 2005-01-07 - HandHeld Entertainment today announced that Jeffrey D. Oscodar has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of HandHeld Entertainment. Oscodar replaces Nathan Schulhof who resigned as president and CEO for health reasons.

Oscodar brings nearly 20 years of corporate technology and legal experience to HandHeld Entertainment and will lead the company in extending its ZVUE personal media player technology and content partnerships into consumer electronics markets worldwide.

'We are thrilled to have Jeff on board with us at HandHeld,' said Carl Page, chief technical officer and co-founder of HandHeld Entertainment. 'His experience creating consumer electronics products as well as the services that make them come alive will take the ZVUE and our media services into the homes of consumers throughout the world.'

Previously, Oscodar co-founded InfoGear Technology, the market leader in Internet appliance services. InfoGear produced the first Web-enabled telephone and was sold to Cisco Systems in 2000 for more than $300 million. While at InfoGear, Oscodar not only licensed InfoGear's hardware reference platform to consumer electronics companies, but also established more than 100 content partnerships with companies like, eToys,, USA TODAY, Yahoo! and others. He also developed and launched an international affiliate program that brought InfoGear Networks' content to partners in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa." (Click Title For More)

HandHeld Entertainment Announces Changes to Its Board of Directors; Former Microsoft and Sun Executive is Named Chairman of Board of Directors 

Former Microsoft and Sun Executive is Named Chairman of Board of Directors SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 5, 2005 -- HandHeld Entertainment(TM), creator of the ZVUE(TM) personal media player and content network, today announced that Bill Keating has been named chairman of its board of directors, replacing Geoff Mulligan, who remains on the board. HandHeld's Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Carl Page was also named to its board of directors.

Keating has served as HandHeld's interim chief executive officer since Nathan Schulhof stepped down from the CEO position for health reasons. Schulhof remains a member of HandHeld Entertainment's board of directors.

Keating, a former executive with Microsoft, Sun, WebTV and Moxi Digital, is currently a founding member of Nekei, an advisory service that helps companies get real solutions to funding and operational concerns. Keating's 25 years of experience in turning new technologies into successful marketplace ventures is well documented, with seven business ventures going public or being acquired, including WebTV's sale to Microsoft for $425 million.

Mulligan is the chief operating officer for Konami of America, the fast-growing, U.S.-based subsidiary of the $1 billion Japanese developer and publisher of entertainment software.

Prior to founding HandHeld Entertainment with Garrett Cecchini, Page co-founded eGroups Inc., where he helped build a network of 14 million users who relied on eGroups to support Web-based collaborative work efforts. eGroups was eventually acquired by Yahoo! in 2000 for more than $425 million.

"I am thrilled that HandHeld has such an experienced team," Keating said. "Having the knowledge and wealth of experience these men bring is invaluable. We look forward to expanding our existing content libraries and establishing HandHeld's ZVUE personal media player firmly in the homes of consumers throughout the world."

In a separate announcement today, HandHeld Entertainment named Jeffrey D. Oscodar as its new CEO. Oscodar comes to HandHeld with almost 20 years of corporate technology and legal experience, and was responsible for introducing the first Web-enabled telephone to the industry through his work as co-founder of InfoGear Technology. That technology was later sold to Cisco Systems for more than $300 million. (Click Title For More)

Monday, December 13, 2004

Fear and Loathing in Tokyo: Exclusive PSP Street-Launch Video Coverage from our Live Correspondents (Video, Photos) 

Fear and Loathing in Tokyo: Exclusive PSP Street-Launch Video Coverage from our Live Correspondents: "After the First Impressions on Tuesday and the Opening Session yesterday, Lik Sang received today some fresh off-the-cuff reports about the situation in Tokyo, from our special correspondent on the ground, Tim Rogers and his man FFD. Tim Rogers, known as a loose cannon in the video games press, delivers his thoughts in his traditional crazy and hilarious style which some of you, familiar with his previous writings for various portals, might recognize, and which all of you will for sure enjoy.

Not only did Tim describe what happened at the streets of Tokyo this weekend, he caught it all on tape. Download all the videos, including the final count down, Ken Kutaragi's speech, and some crazy midnight action, right here. More than 100 MB action as Windows Media files, this is as close as you can get to any Japanese console release."