The Next New Thing


Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2004 at 10:44 p.m.

Music videos on your phone

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The MX-800 is the Humvee of remotes - and it costs $500.

Universal Remote Control

Now your cell phone has yet another way to annoy the people around you.

As if video games and symphonic ring tones weren't enough, you can now watch music-video channels on your phone's tiny screen. Imagine distracting your dinner companions with Kelis' "Milkshake" or OutKast's "Hey Ya!"

It's all part of a new service called MobiTV that's being introduced through Sprint PCS. You can watch about 15 different stations, from the hip-hop video channel Beat Lounge to the somewhat stodgier CNBC.

One drawback: You have to subscribe to Sprint's Vision plan, which costs $15 per month.

The H2 of remotes

As oversized, larger-than-life products go, the Home Theater Master MX-800 remote control with MRF-200 Base Station ranks somewhere between the Humvee and 7-Eleven Double Gulp.

For a remote, the MX-800 is Humvee-big - a 9-inch mass of buttons, thumbpads and LCD display screen. It costs $500.

A $500 remote? The Home Theater Master system, from Universal Remote Control, is preprogrammed for more than 1,000 components, from satellite receivers to VCRs, and can learn more than 1,500 functions.

It operates as many as 20 audio and video components, using a combination of infrared and radio frequency signals that reach through walls and flooring. If you've got equipment within 100 feet anywhere in the house, the MX-800 can probably reach it.

Check it out at www.hometheatermaster.com.

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