Sony launches Divx-capable portable DVD player

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Sony launches Divx-capable portable DVD player

San Diego (CA) – If you find traditional portable DVD players are too bulky and Apple’s tiny Ipod screen to small to watch movies while traveling, the Sony has another option for you. The company packed video capability into a compact “DVD Walkman” that sports Divx support.

The new D-VE7000S is slightly larger than two DVD cases stacked on top of each other and is Sony’s first portable “Walkman that also can play DVDs. Clearly, Divx support is a surprising move on Sony’s side given the firm’s piracy paranoia and the broad availability of Divx-encoded movies through P2P file sharing networks. But Divx very well may turn out to be one of the player’s most important features.

According to Sony, the D-VE7000S is compatible with regular DVDs, DVD-Rs, DVD-RWs, DVD+R Read and DVD+RW media. The firm did not provide specifics on video formats are supported by the device and also did not say which versions of Divx are supported. However, besides video, the player can also handle CD and MP3 audio playback (regular CDs, CD-R, CD-RW) and is able to display JPEG images on its 7″ screen.

The downside of the player are its fairly substantial weight of almost two pounds and a 3 hour battery time, which hardly can take advantage of Divx’ capability to squeeze half a dozen or more videos on one DVD.

According to Sony’s website, the player is available now for $200. Higher-quality earphones and headphones are available for $50 and $100.