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Talkin' To the TV

Talkin' To the TV
by Gary Woods

I heard a TV Producer say one time that once you get the viewers talking to the TV you've got them hooked. With Verizon's new offering you end up talking to the TV all day long. Verizon just came out with their Motorola MOTORIZR Z6tv, which retails for anywhere between $229.99 and $379.99 depending on what contract you go for.

The Z6tv is the third phone in Verizon's lineup to feature a live TV service and the first handset with an internal antenna. The telephone reception isn't as good as on phones with pop-out antennas but the trade off is that the unit is much less clunky.

The TV service will range between $13 and $15 per month for V Cast TV shows eight channels, which are displayed at full frame rates with audio coming through the phone's speaker or headset. The channels include CBS, FOX, NBC, Comedy Central, ESPN, MTV and Nickelodeon programming. Rather than exactly mimicking what is on the various channels the programming is a kind of "best-of" selection that moves shows around to different time slots. For instance, some late-night talk shows are moved into prime commuting hours.

The phone performance is good with reception and volume acceptable for both the earpiece and a Bluetooth headset. The Z6tv also features a 2 mega-pixel camera and a hand receiver for use with Verizon's $10 per month VZ Navigator GPS service.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc