|Tiger Video Now Color, released in 2004.
The first generation of Video Now had a black and white screen with no back lighting. I can't speak for the video quality of that, but given how bad it is on the Video Now Color device that I own, it had to be awful. It has a tiny 2.5 inch screen that still manages to put out video quality worse than your average CRT television running an old VHS that hasn't been cleaned in over a decade.
Portable DVD players already existed before Tiger released the Video Now, and while they were never fantastic, they were a lot better than this thing. The Video Now Color was $75 at the time of its release, which wasn't much less than a generic portable DVD player. A single DVD could hold an entire movie or several episodes of a show, and there were a lot more to choose from.
|Only $10 for all of this garbage. What a bargain!
As terrible as it is, I have to say I like it a lot. It's an interesting idea, and I'm a sucker for video formats that no one uses anymore. I still have a decent collection of VHS tapes and Laser Discs, as well as a few Betamax tapes (though no player... yet). If we never had portable Internet, perhaps formats like these would still be in use today.