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Where are all the Handheld Digital TVs? 

Have you ever wondered why handheld TVs disappeared from the stores when the analog signals were switched off and why manufacturers like Sony and Casio didn't instead switch to making handheld digital televisions. If the answer is no, then I'm not surprised, most people are now happy using smartphones instead.

Hopefully though there are a few people out there who are intrigued enough to watch this video where I explain what happened as far as the UK is concerned. It's a tale of missed opportunities, and procrastination scuppering the chances to establish a new standard before an unprecedentedly disruptive technology emerged from the shadows and laid waste to everything in its path.

The second part of the video is a more conventional demonstration of one of the current crop of small TVs.

 Here's a link to the Digital TV shown in the video:

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Reader Comments (6)

I sometimes use a digital TV in Canada with the small antenna. It works fine but the antenna must have a good ground. Best results are with it stuck to the roof of my car. If you are home try a biscuit tin or bake tray

June 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCanada paul

Actually before DVB-T2 you could get some big brand portable DVB-T receivers from companies like Technisat. Technisat is a German manufacturer of satellite equipment. Unfortunately terrestrial TV is kinda dead in Germany, killed by multiple reasons. One of them is copyright. For example in the area I grew up you could get 2 Austrian channels, until commerical channels figured that people prefered a grainy unstable picture to watching advertisements, and threatened to sue the Austrian broadcaster.
Commercial stations only had rather weak terrestrial transmitters and only in densely populated areas, so virtually everybody either had cable or satellite. With DVB-T most commercial stations even pulled out of some of those areas.

What's now being hailed by marketing as the rebirth of terrestrial TV is DVB-T2 which does carry some public TV stations, essentially the same you got with DVB-T, but commercial stations are encrypted, so few people bother with it.

Those "interactive services" are probably mostly OK only. In Germany DVB transmissions (again mostly over satellite) carry normal Teletext. Yes, that is perfectly possible to do so and it's even in widespread use. There's even a service called "Teletwitter" where you tweet to the station and they'll publish the best tweets about the current show on teletext.

July 1, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Berger

At least for Smartphones with USB-OTG, there is an option:
Just plug in a small DVB-T2 receiver into your device and you've got your mobile digital television.

July 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterScharfenstein

I bought a 5 inch satnav from ebay a few years ago with all the features that this handheld TV has (except for USB), and sure enough it worked fine as a satnav, portable TV as well as a media player. Same problems with the signal as this one due to its small antenna, but I managed to get it to work in spain and france

July 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGulz

Check out my still being useful Montgomery Ward / Sylvania Combo boombox/TV/cassette recorder.


January 30, 2019 | Unregistered Commentersnew

My boombox tv combo is portable but can't use it that way anymore to watch tv of coarse because of snarky dtv reception. But works great in the kitchen with attached dtv converter box.

January 30, 2019 | Unregistered Commentersnew

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