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What is PocketDISH?

By Mitchell Medford

PocketDish by Dish Network is an ingenious video, music, game and photo device that's compact enough to fit into a pocket or purse. You can store TV programs, music, your favorite games and photos on PocketDish.

PocketDish was created by Dish Network, the fastest-growing U.S. satellite-television service, and the first pay-TV service provider to enter the market of portable video players. Using cutting-edge digital technology, the designers of Dish Network's PocketDish have created a miniature, multi-purpose entertainment system that's perfect for people on the go, offering super-fast downloads and crystal-clear images.

This portable media player is available in three versions: two compact, handheld media recorders, and one portable media player. The video recorder has a 7-inch liquid crystal display and a 40GB hard drive, The two media players have 2.2 and 4-inch displays and hard drives of 20 or 30GB. Each of the three PocketDish models come equipped with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that gives you four hours of video and 12 hours of audio.

All PocketDish models can be plugged into the USB 2.0 ports on Dish's Network's Dish Player 942 for fast downloading of programs. An hour of Dish Network programming can be downloaded in about five minutes. You can transfer a full-length movie with PocketDish in under 10 minutes!

Transferring Dish Network content is easy. Just connect the PocketDish to your DVR using the USB cable included with PocketDish. Once connected, a series of prompts on the screen will direct you through the transfer of content stored on your DVR. With the receiver, you can also manage the content of your PocketDish. When the transfer is concluded, simply chose "Done" and disconnect the cable from the PocketDish and the DVR. PocketDish will then update all files. The new programs can be accessed using the Video icon; they're stored in the folder called Dish Network.

PocketDish offers great options for music and TV lovers:

TV/VIDEO: With more options than a portable DVD player, PocketDish lets you transfer programs from select Dish Network DVR receivers. You can enjoy your favorite programs anytime, anywhere.

MUSIC: Download your entire digital music library. With PocketDish, you can have thousands of MP3, WMA or WAV music files at your fingertips, all attractively presented, with cover art and play lists to suit any mood.

PHOTOS: Store up to an incredible 400,000 images and view them on the PocketDish's crisp LCD screen or on a connected TV.

GAMES: Download all kinds of fun, from mind-bending brain puzzlers to your favorite role-playing and adventure games for fast, challenging entertainment.

PocketDish by Dish Network offers the best in portable audio and video. Take PocketDish with you anywhere, anytime, and you'll have easy access to your favorite TV programs, photos and games. With Dish Network's PocketDish, you can also record and play downloads from PCs and Macs, from digital cameras, digital video players, camcorders and VCRs. Plus, PocketDish is compatible with most television sets. Fun and convenient, PocketDish is ideal for the frequent traveler.
About the Author
Mitchell Medford is an author and product development consultant for several consumer electronics manufacturers. Visit his websites for more information on PocketDISH and satellite TV.

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