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Sungale Introduces 4.3" Kula TV Portable Media Player

Sungale Introduces 4.3" Kula TV Portable Media Player

Sungale isn't a popular name like Apple, Acer or Archos, but it's making a play for the portable media player market with its Kula TV. Boasting a 4.3" display, a pop-up Wi-Fi antenna and the ability to stream Internet content, this is one of the most interestingly designed PMPs that we've seen to date.

The screen is actually a touch panel, and it also includes 2GB of internal memory, but otherwise there aren't many details to go on. It will arrive in March at $199.99, presumably with support for a wide range of audio and video formats. The full press release is below.



Sungale Streamlines Kula Tv To Strengthen User Experience

Sungale redesigns portable Kula TV to include a pop up Wi-Fi Antenna for increased Wi-Fi signal strength and extreme portability.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR Log (Press Release) – Jan 28, 2010 – Chino, CA—January 27, 2010—Sungale, a premier manufacturer of Consumer Electronics, has redesigned the recently unveiled 4.3” Kula TV model to include a pop up Wi-Fi Antenna in order to increase the strength of the Wi-Fi signal to the unit. To stay true to its promise of ultimate portability for customers on the go, Sungale has also designed the Wi-Fi antenna to refold back into the Kula TV unit for easy storage.

“The newly designed pocket sized Kula TV will enable customers to view hundreds of local and international programs from anywhere in the world using a Wi-Fi network with fewer interruptions and smoother channel displays along with the same slim design and quality that Sungale prides itself on,” said Ningjun Sun, President and CEO of Sungale. “We aim to create highly innovative products that our customers can afford and use in their daily lives”.

About the portable Kula TV

The handy 4.3” Kula TV is an ultra portable Wi-Fi Enabled TV Device that allows customers to access a large number of live streaming television programs from all over the world, organized by country, language, and topic like News, Sports and Finance without the high subscription rates. With its sleek 4.3” touch screen and slim, light weight design along with built in 2GB of internal memory, the Kula TV is the perfect mobile device for customers demanding 24 hour access to live broadcasting as well as a PMP that can play and store music, movies and photos.

The portable Kula TV is scheduled to arrive in early March at an MSRP of $199.99.
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I looked this up and this player will feature IPTV and Wifi, which sets it apart from some of Archos' offerings. The 2GB is a little on the low side, but it does have an SD slot so additional 16GB or so should be easy to add.

 

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I was wondering about the info that you posted.  The press release doesn't mention how you connect.  It sounds nice, if you are a tv person.

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Here's the link that I was referring to:

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/12/12/sungale-kula-first-iptv-portable-media-player-with-wifi-technology/

You get access to 500 or so channels including BBC, ABC, ESPN, etc, for about $5.99 a month. Not bad at all.

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Thats a nice link gibber

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Yeah mental I don't watch a lot of TV either. This looks like a nice device I guess especially being that non TV people are still in a definite minimum. I watch football and a couple of shows, but that's it.

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I think this is primarily a kiddy/teen entertainment device with use for the heavy traveler as well. Unfortunately it does require a wifi connection to work, so no TV unless you already have access to wifi. This is where you wish the 2GB storage was much larger for storing your own media.

rapid1:

Thats a nice link gibber

 

Thanks, I saw some other articles on it as well.

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Stick a 32Gig flash drive into it and load it up with content for when you're not near a network and it may be a viable little device. I assume you could show off your home movies to others with it too. (my little movie camera has a flash drive)

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Yeah I think this is of course an interesting device, but the market segment is extremely minimal.

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rapid1:
the market segment is extremely minimal

 

So is my budget and this has a good price.

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guess you can take that as a positive to. I did not think of it that way.

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realneil:

Stick a 32Gig flash drive into it and load it up with content for when you're not near a network and it may be a viable little device. I assume you could show off your home movies to others with it too. (my little movie camera has a flash drive)

 

Not to mention cheap devices like this one are very hackable. The initial price is low because it seems Kula intends to extract additional revenue via their monthly subscription service. With the Wifi, you could instead install Android and a browser on it and use it as a Ipod Touch replacement. I took a third-party GPS, loaded it with Garmin maps, a media player and got much more out of it.

 

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Thats an interesting use for a GPS for sure. Mine does all kind of stuff, but not that much :)

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rapid1:

Thats an interesting use for a GPS for sure. Mine does all kind of stuff, but not that much :)

Yeah, there are lots of tips online about hacking your GPS. I tried with a cheap $80 unit that I found on sale at Staples. I wouldn't subject a $300 Garmin to such treatment though.

I'm excited to see what kind of cool tricks you'll be able to do with this media player!

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This technology moves to fast I would not buy top dollar unless the features were very singular. I bought a refurb unit so I may very well try it.

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