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Bringing Prime Time to Video iPod

Monty Solomon (
15 Dec 2005 00:00:00 EST

Bringing prime time to video iPod

By Ina Fried

Staff Writer, CNET

Even with a few more TV shows added to the iTunes store, Chris Cardone
said he just can't get enough good video for his video iPod.

So, increasingly, the Cincinnati-based anesthesiologist has been
turning to a little-known program called MyTV ToGo, which lets him
take shows recorded to his Windows Media Center PC and put them
directly onto his video iPod.

"It's fantastic," Cardone said. There were some bugs with the software
at first, and it could be a bit slow, he added. But when he was stuck
at the hospital on call for hours, at least he did not run out of
shows to watch. News.context

Even with Apple Computer's deal last week to add 11 NBC shows to the
iTunes store, there still is a paucity of top-shelf video content for
the iPod. Digital recording specialist TiVo is promising to change
that, but its video-on-the-go option for the iPod won't be ready until
next year.

But in stepped little Proxure, a San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based
developer, with its $30 MyTV ToGo utility. It takes shows recorded by
Microsoft's Windows Media Center software on a PC, converts them and
transfers them into a special playlist on the iPod.

The tiny software maker focused on data synchronization software until
it debuted the first version of MyTV ToGo earlier this year. That
product took recorded TV shows from a Windows Media Center PC and put
them on a Pocket PC handheld. Proxure developed the software before
portable video devices like the new iPod or Sony's PlayStation
Portable became popular.

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