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Sony Launches Waterproof Portable DTV

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.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.