Share Netflix and Hulu recordings on the go with HP's Pocket Playlist

By on January 7, 2013, 1:30 PM

Perhaps the most interesting product from HP at this year’s CES isn’t a notebook or an all-in-one PC, but this: the HP Pocket Playlist. This pint-sized gadget promises to record and store media from a number of different sources then beam it to multiple other devices via Wi-Fi whenever you’re ready.

Sure it may not sound very impressive until you consider the fact that it works with streaming applications. Using a PlayLater account, you can record shows or movies from Netflix or Hulu Plus and watch them at a later date free of charge, without needing an Internet connection. It's all pretty similar to the Kingston Wi-Drive we saw at last year's CES but with more options.

It’s worth noting that the device comes with a free month of PlayLater service but after that, you’ll need to pay for that privilege. PlayLater service starts at just $19.99 per year or you can get a lifetime membership for $39.99.

The Pocket Playlist is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices right out of the box, allowing you to share unencrypted content like movies, music and images with up to five devices at once. HP hasn’t announced exactly how much storage space the Pocket Playlist contains but we’re told it can hold up to 16 full-length movies, 10,000 pictures or about 7,600 songs. If we had to guess, 32GB of space sounds about right.

Look for the HP Pocket Playlist to go on sale February 15 for around $130. By then we should have an idea of exactly how much storage space it contains and whether or not there will be different capacities available.




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SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

This could be useful for the satellite internet folks. My parents finally gave in and got satellite internet because dialup is unusable and they simply don't have any other options for broadband where they live. I know my parents would like to use Netflix streaming, but they have a pathetically low data cap between 8am and 2am. If they could use something like this to download netflix shows during the free data hours of 2am to 8am, they would be able to justify the $19.99 a year cost.

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