Facebook's $149 Portal TV brings video calling to the living room

Shawn Knight

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Facebook on Wednesday added three new members to its Portal video chat family including the Portal TV, a unique device that brings video chat to the living room.

Not to be mistaken for Microsoft’s Kinect, Portal TV is a video calling device meant for use with your television. It sits on top or below your set and connects via HDMI. Portal TV features a 12.5-megapixel camera with 120-degree field of view that pans and zooms automatically to keep everyone in the frame.

An array of eight linear microphones helps to accurately track sound. There is even a physical camera cover and electronic mic / camera disable button for added privacy and security. Wireless connectivity takes place over 2.4GHz / 5GHz Wi-Fi and you also get a remote control for input.

Portal TV is more than a basic video calling device. With it, you can make video calls with Messenger and WhatsApp, interact with Amazon Alexa and even co-watch content on Facebook Watch with friends and family. It’s not a bona fide TV-watching device as it lacks many of the features and content found on dedicated products like Apple TV or Roku but the co-watching feature shows that Facebook is at least thinking with such a future in mind.

Portal TV is available to pre-order from today priced at $149. It ships in the US, Canada and Europe on November 5, just in time for the holidays.

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Zuckerberg will get nothing more from me than memes, stolen memes and off-color commentary.

The answer is NO... I would not invite Facebook into my house.

Nor Alexa speaker.

Nor Siri speaker.

Nor Google Home.

Nor Amazon.

Nor Kinect.

Nor PS4 camera.

I don't care how cheap or affordable you make it out to be.

I don't care if you want to give me one as a free gift with my groceries.

Someone may claim I have a tin foil hat.

These companies - each and every one has already admitted to misusing our private information.

You might as well write letters and mail evidence against yourself and your family direct to the FBI.
 

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[QUOTE="QuantumPhysics, post: 1772871, member: 404383". You might as well write letters and mail evidence against yourself and your family direct to the FBI.[/QUOTE]

I totally agree with you except for that last part, totally makes you sound like a crazy person with something to hide IMO.

Having quote trouble today...
 
[QUOTE="QuantumPhysics, post: 1772871, member: 404383". You might as well write letters and mail evidence against yourself and your family direct to the FBI.
I totally agree with you except for that last part, totally makes you sound like a crazy person with something to hide IMO.

Having quote trouble today...[/QUOTE]



I have lots to hide.

And that's the point.
 
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