Elsewhere on this site you will find my review of the PocketStreamer Pro as it relates to receiving audio streaming on your PDA or smartphone. This review takes up the video content options on PocketStreamer Pro, which is a software program you can download to your wireless device in order to listen or watch via the internet.
Cell phones are becoming quite popular devices to have while waiting in line or at the airport or in the car as school lets out because you can use them not only as a phone but as portable television. Sure, the screens are ridiculously small and offer little in the way of detail, but most people who buy these devices aren’t really planning to settle down and watch one of those three-hour long epics that the kids seem to like these days. In fact, it’s probably unlikely that most owners of these mobile devices have ever even watched an entire half hour TV show. But they are good for passing a few minutes here and there, and for making interminable waits a bit more palatable.
The PocketStreamer Pro comes already equipped with a list of television stations that include CNN News Headlines, BBC News, Animal Planet and even a Cinemax channel that appears to be directed toward Hong Kong. I can only assume this is the case since there are always Chinese subtitles, but the language is in the actual English of the films so it shouldn’t bother you too much. The news stations are pretty good for keeping up with what’s going on and the Cinemax channel is pretty darn nifty, too. I actually watched part of E.T. one day. I guess the really go-to station, however, would be the Cartoon Channel. It seems to rely quite heavily upon Bug Bunny, Betty Boop and Popeye, but that’s far preferable to what passes for animated entertainment on Nickelodeon and the actual Cartoon Network these days.
In addition to the television stations, the PocketStreamer Pro also some with a choice for movie stations. That Cinemax network can be found here, also. Most of the movies on the movie station are of the short and amateur variety. From what I understand, the choices can change at any moment so by the time you read this may be something that is a must-have on the PocketStreamer Pro’s movie channel selection as I write this it’s not there.
Besides this kind of broadcast news the PocketStreamer Pro also offers a weather option. It doesn’t offer anything but static graphical information and it’s rather limited in that it only provides weather facts for large metropolitan areas. In fact, only 55 American cities and about 20 international cities qualify for inclusion. Unless you live in or near these places or are planning to travel there, the weather part of PocketStreamer Pro is pretty lame.
The PocketStreamer Pro does come with the option for expansion packs. For instance, the CNN expansion pack provides more video and it is narrowcasted to cover such specific topics as business or health related news. You can also add a CBS expansion pack that will allow you to enjoy more video from CBS programming.
But does the PocketStreamer Pro really deliver? Yes. And no. By which I mean yes you can actually watch live streaming video on your phone no matter where you are. But unless your wireless service comes with really high speed internet connections, or you’ve found a high speed Wi-Fi hot spot don’t expect perfectly smooth video. When I said I watched E.T. that wasn’t entirely true. I heard all of the movie, but I only got to see selected portions. It wasn’t so much like watching a movie as watching a slide show. I have 3G capability on my phone, but I don’t live in an area where ATT provides it. I do think that if I had a higher speed there would be smooth video if only because the CNN feed provided moments of fluidity.
PocketStreamer Pro only costs $30.00 and there’s no monthly fee so if you’ve got a good wireless internet connection on your device it is most definitely worth it. Otherwise, make sure you’ve got access to a dependable Wi-Fi hot spot. And before you make the purchase, check here for compatibility.