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first_imgCBS Corp. found in its consumer research of the TakeTV product that people liked its simplicity, compact size and price. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TECHNOLOGY: The flash device made by SanDisk can transport shows from Internet. By May Wong THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN JOSE – Flash memory maker SanDisk Corp. today will debut an online video service and a USB flash drive that can carry television programs and videos from a computer for playback on TVs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Sansa TakeTV video player – an ensemble of an oversized USB drive, remote control and a small dock that connects to a TV – and its accompanying video service, Fanfare, marks the latest attempt by a company looking to bridge content between the PC and the television. Similar to using a USB drive to store and move data files, users of TakeTV can drag-and-drop video files stored on their computer – Fanfare downloads, home videos or other unrestricted video content from the Web – onto the device. Users can then plug it into the cradle connected to a TV. A simple menu appears on the TV to scroll through the files for playback. The TakeTV player is $99.99 for a 4 gigabyte model and $149.99 for an 8 GB one that can hold up to 10 hours of video. Fanfare, in a test stage, offers premium TV shows for $1.99 per download – roughly the same price as rival services, but SanDisk says it hopes to ultimately provide a broad mixture of free and ad-supported content as well as pay-per-download videos. Fanfare’s catalog at launch is small, with about 85 titles. It features TV shows from CBS, including “CSI” and “Survivor”; Showtime; TV Guide; and Smithsonian Networks. Dozens of titles are being added each week, SanDisk said. The online video service is a new venture for Milpitas-based SanDisk, which is the leading maker of flash memory cards and holds a distant but steady second-place position behind Apple Inc. in the portable media player market with a 10percent share in the U.S., according to market researcher IDC. last_img

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