I think we’ll be starting a new column: If Money Grew On Trees. There’s quite a bit of interesting and useful tech out there… if only I had unlimited sources.
First up is the innovative DirecTV Sat-Go which bundles a DTV tuner, antenna, remote, and a 17″ LCD into a large briefcase for $1499. Without a doubt, this appeals to the geek in me but that price tag stings.
Since money doesn’t grow on trees (and I don’t live in a forest), here’s what the Sat-Go needs to command that fee. Instead of a 17″ LCD, I’ll need a 19″ – or at least give me high-definition! Second, I want to be able to subscribe to DTV without needing an existing in-home plan. While this is being marketed to tail-gaiting sports fans and campers, I think DTV has an opportunity to reach out to apartment/condo dwellers who may not be able to install external antennas or may not want to if they frequently move. So, as a member of that demographic, the current 27lb weight isn’t an issue but I’ll need some basic DVR functionality.