Sony Launches Waterproof Portable DTV

The portable DTV will be available in Japan in October for approximately $368.
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Sony Bravia XDV-W600 Sony has introduced a new handheld digital TV, the Bravia XDV-W600, featuring a 4-inch LCD screen and waterproofed for use at the beach or even in the bath.

The tuner picks up ISDB-T 1-seg DTV broadcasts as well as analog FM radio signals. Battery life is impressive for a portable DTV—Sony claims it will last 23 hours using an internal rechargeable battery or AA primary batteries.

The portable DTV will be available in Japan in October for approximately $368. If it succeeds in Japan, perhaps Sony can be persuaded to launch an ATSC M/H version in the United States in late 2009 or early 2010.