Sandisk announces the Sansa TakeTV flash drive and the Fanfare video platform.
The Sandisk TakeTV is a USB flash drive that comes with a cradle that you can connect to a TV and watch the videos stored on the flash memory.
Sansa TakeTV supports a variety of video formats, including DivX, XVID and MPEG-4 (Resolution of up to 720x576 (D1) at a bitrate of up to 7Mbps) .
The Sansa TakeTV player is DivX Certified for Home Theater profile. The player connects to any PC via a USB connector, and works with Windows Vista, Windows XP and the latest versions of Mac and Linux.
The Sansa TakeTV connects to your TV via Composite Video or S-Video.
The SanDisk Sansa TakeTV flash memory-based player comes in a 4GB capacity, which holds approximately five hours of video, and 8GB, which can hold up to ten hours of video.
The system includes TakeTV player, TakeTV remote control (battery included), TakeTV cradle w/intergrated cables (composite/s-video) and AC power adapter.
The 4GB TakeTV sells for $99.99 and 8GB TakeTV sells for $149.99.
Via the Sandisk site.
Besides the TakeTV Sandisk also announced the public BETA version of Fanfare, a dynamic Web-based service that enables you to download television shows, movies and other premium video content to portable devices.
The first U.S-based content partners on the Fanfare BETA platform include: CBS, Jaman.com Inc., Showtime Networks, Smithsonian Networks, The Weather Channel, and TV Guide Broadband. Among the programs available immediately are CSI, Survivor China, Dexter and Sleeper Cell. Fanfare video content is a combination of free (ad supported) and paid episodes.
The Fanfare public BETA is currently intended for the U.S. audience. You can visit the video service here.