Makayama launches Mobile TV Center

The people at Makayama have been busy since we announced their Media Studio, and have just let us know the release of Mobile TV Center. According the press release that recently showed up in our inbox, Mobile TV Center “lets you watch recorded TV shows on more than 500 mobile devices, using your Windows Media Center (including the Blackberry Pearl and the 8800 as soon as it’s announced)”. Check out the entire press release after the jump and find out more at Makayama’s official product site.

New software lets you watch TV on more than 500 mobile devices
Makayama introduces Mobile TV Center 1.0

Software company Makayama announces the availability of ‘Mobile TV Center’. This innovative software lets you watch TV shows on 550 mobile devices, such as Pocket PC, iPod, Palm, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and other major brand cellphones, PSP, portable media players and even on TomTom. The software works with Windows Media Center and provides automatic conversion and transfer of home TV recordings to mobile devices.

The software installs on any Windows Media Center PC, users pick their device and then it’s all automatic. Every new TV-recording will be converted in the background to a mobile video format, which will play on the portable device. TV-shows are transferred to the device, every time the memorycard is inserted, or when the device is connected via USB. New recordings can be scheduled using the built-in Electronic Program Guide of the Media Center. The software can be operated with a TV remote control and has the Windows Media Center look and feel, because it has the same intuitive, user-interface as the Media Center. Windows Media center will be part of Windows Vista Premium Edition, which will be pre-installed on the majority of new home PC’s sold next year.
Makayama CEO Vincent Verweij says: “No other software supports this many mobile devices in one package. With other solutions, such as Slingbox you need to buy special hardware, your mobile device needs a wideband wireless connection and then you’re still restricted to watching only live TV. Our software lets you take your personal TV-favourites on the go without having to worry about getting connections or paying for the data or the content. It’s just a one-time purchase of software and you have an unlimited number of tv-hours in your pocket. And the quality is better than streaming video because no wireless connection is needed to view the video.”

The software runs on Windows Media Center Edition (XP or Vista). A memorycard reader is required, or a USB cable for transfer of content.

The online download price is USD 34.95 (EUR 29.95) ex. local tax.
The free tryout version allows users to convert 10 minutes of all TV-shows and doesn’t expire.

Note for magazine publishers: on the CD you will find a demo version, which you may re-distribute to your readers. The CD also contains royaltee-free visuals.

Company Profile
Makayama Interactive is an award-winning mobile software company. Mobile Media Studio is a family of products, which Makayama is developing. The products function as an offline hub between PC’s and mobile devices, allowing (home) movies, tv and downloaded content to be played on personal organisers, mobile phones, portable mediaplayers and game consoles. Makayama aims to make platform-shift of media content a zero-click experience for consumers. Members of the Mobile Media Studio family include versions for iPod, Pocket PC, Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson phones, Windows Mobile Smartphones and the Playstation Portable gaming device.

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5 Responses to “Makayama launches Mobile TV Center”

  1. 1 Krad

    so basically it is a basic window media center plugin with some graphics for phones.. that takes recorded dvr shoes and converts them to the screensize for the phone and then copies them?

    i have simple scripts that do the same thing for free. But i would rather watch officespace, supertroopers or spaceballs on my 8100… then a tv show

  2. 2 Victor

    @krad: post the script if you’re so smart. this is a very cool piece of software, maybe you should try something before you judge

  3. 3 Krad

    If you really want i could upload my scripts and very easy to follow directions. But I am sure there is a market for this for alittle while before this is a vista “update/upgrade”

    The 34.95 price would be worth it if it came with its own player on the devices… one that for example would go full screen on an 8100.

  4. 4 Timmothy

    You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

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