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This portable video recorder lets you record and play back your favorite cartoons, sitcoms and reality shows so you can view them on the go! Features a three-inch color backlit screen, a built-in speaker and a headphone jack. It's the ideal component for your long trips and travels.

Console comes with DC power adaptor and AV cable
Requires 4 "AAA" batteries (not included)


what the heck is this thing? has anyone bought this yet? its too bad the WalMart site does not give much info on this product.

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I don't remember for sure. I returned all three. For now, I think I'm going to stick w/the portable DVD player and lap... (more)

Airjrdn (Nov. 08, 2006 @ 6:47p) |

lenmullen said: <blockquote><hr>It definately looks like a VuGo. The dimensions of the VuGo are 6.5x3x1. Other informa... (more)

frugalbrutus (Nov. 13, 2006 @ 9:05p) |

I placed an order before this deal was posted. It wsa "processing" for a couple of days, then when to "Backordered" and... (more)

csrx (Nov. 16, 2006 @ 4:12p) |

its a toy for children

I've never seen one, but it looks like it would definitely be worth $25 ... too bad it shows out of stock. Maybe it will come back in stock!


128MB. Supports up to a 2GB SD card.

LOL, its a toy. Just like that toy projector that is coming out. The quality will be good enough for a child.

Link to the toy projector

The projector cost $250 AND HAS A BUILT IN DVD PLAYER!!! LMAO, the quality will be horrible. They're both toys meant for children.

I like the dimensions of this toy:
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 13.0 x 13.0 x 8.0
Holly Smoke! <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

they should be at ur local WalMart as well.. i am gonna check it out ..you can always return them if you dont like the quality

Its produced by Hasbro.. c'mon now...

dennisfranz said: [Q]Its produced by Hasbro.. c'mon now...

I'm trying to tell 'em, but they don't wanna listen. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

I spent some time researching this yesterday. It appears to be a scaled down version of last year's VuGo by Hasbro, and (I'm guessing that) the difference is that TV Now doesn't have the ability to connect to a computer and copy video/audio or download DRM'd kids shows from Hasbro's site.

(VuGo DRM is more restrictive than iTunes, BTW - each VuGo can only be registered once, to one computer, and never again to another computer, and each computer can only have two VuGo units registered to it. I was unable to determine if downloads must be purchased separately for each of the two allowed units, but I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case. Furthermore, all recordings are done in a low resolution, at a low framerate and (big deal killer for me) in a DRM format keyed to the VuGo that did the recording, so a recording may not be moved to a desktop PC or another VuGo unit.)

I'd say a better bet (and my own personal plan) is to wait and see about Portable DVD player deals on BF, then just burn to DVD whatever I might want to use in the car.

I tried one, thinking how bad could it really be - it was BAD!

Skip it!

I ordered one online for my three year old. Considering she watches Blues Clues tapes that look like they have been through a war with all of the popping and skipping, I think it will work for her. An hour of Wonderpets can be just what the doctor ordered to actually scarf down a dinner and a beer out.


I paid $10 for a Vugo on eBay...if I had paid $10 at a store, I would have returned it...P.O.S.

picked up 2 at my local store - they are actually made by TIGER Electronics - not sure if they are a subsidiary of Hasbro, but Tiger is on the package.

128MB holds 1 hour of video - i have a couple SD cards to probably allow 17 hours of video if it will actually support a 2GB SD card! great to record my 1 hour favorite TV shows, too bad i didn't have one of these at the beginning of the "season"

thanks OP for the link, i looked and looked for days after i saw the print ad and couldn't find them anywhere!!!!

Vugo is also made by Tiger Electronics...the video quality of TV Now must be as bad as Vugo

momotarosan said: [Q]Vugo is also made by Tiger Electronics...the video quality of TV Now must be as bad as Vugo


This is a Rebadged VUGO...

Just compare the pictures, they are the same device, different name.

VUGO is noted to have horrible picture quality... So will the TV Now...

As an alternative (If your kids have a gameboy) you can get a player card off eBay for $20 that lets you play movies,music,eBooks plus old nes,snes and gb games from a cf or sd card on a GameBoy

I remember playing Tiger handheld games back in the early eighties. Text

Slickone said: [Q]I remember playing Tiger handheld games back in the early eighties. Text

Yeah, I had some dracula game. lol

Slickone said: [Q]I remember playing Tiger handheld games back in the early eighties. Text

teenage mutant ninja turtles all the way!

Scrooge said: [Q]As an alternative (If your kids have a gameboy) you can get a player card off eBay for $20 that lets you play movies,music,eBooks plus old nes,snes and gb games from a cf or sd card on a GameBoybut the kicker for me is that i can record tv shows, kinda like a mini Tivo (all manual of course!)

lemonhead said: [Q]Scrooge said: [Q]As an alternative (If your kids have a gameboy) you can get a player card off eBay for $20 that lets you play movies,music,eBooks plus old nes,snes and gb games from a cf or sd card on a GameBoybut the kicker for me is that i can record tv shows, kinda like a mini Tivo (all manual of course!)
mini Tivo!!! You must be kidding me. There is no remote, so recording is going to be a pain.

momotarosan said: [Q]I paid $10 for a Vugo on eBay...if I had paid $10 at a store, I would have returned it...P.O.S.
Excellent review, LOL.

It definately looks like a VuGo. The dimensions of the VuGo are 6.5x3x1. Other information can be found at http://vugo.com. I bought one of these (VuGo) last year for my youngest and disagree with momotarosan. For starters, it still works. After a year of drops, bumps, and bangs, this thing still works. When you are talking about a $25 toy, that is saying something.

You can expand the Vugo's storage with sd cards. With prices of these in freefall, it's inexpensive to carry quite a few shows in the car. It takes 4 aaa batteries, but can be plugged into ac. It also has a plug for headphones. so, if you have an inverter in the car, enjoy the quiet.

It comes with software that can manage your library on a PC. We have never used this (PITA DRM: can only be installed on one computer), but it's in the box. This is the downside to the device -- you cannot share the videos among VuGos.

So, I plug the thing into the tv, capture a couple hours of nick, insert rechargable batteries, and pack it and the kid into the car.

The image quality is not great, but my son does not mind this at all.

In the end, it is what it is. I think it's os a good deal at $25. If I see one at my WalMart, I'll probably grab it.

Bmr4life said: [Q]LOL, its a toy. Just like that toy projector that is coming out. The quality will be good enough for a child.

Link to the toy projector

The projector cost $250 AND HAS A BUILT IN DVD PLAYER!!! LMAO, the quality will be horrible. They're both toys meant for children.

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poisonz said: [Q]lemonhead said: [Q]Scrooge said: [Q]As an alternative (If your kids have a gameboy) you can get a player card off eBay for $20 that lets you play movies,music,eBooks plus old nes,snes and gb games from a cf or sd card on a GameBoybut the kicker for me is that i can record tv shows, kinda like a mini Tivo (all manual of course!)
mini Tivo!!! You must be kidding me. There is no remote, so recording is going to be a pain.perhaps....but Tivo is overrated anyway.
i plugged it in, and recorded 2 and a half men to test tonight - picture quality is not great - correct, no remote, but it does look like you can set a timer up to a 23 hour and 59 minute delay to record.

*EDIT*
mine didn't come with a CD - and it looks like i found a few things.
Tiger Electronics is a subsidiary of Hasbro
so Vugo looks to be the same as TV NOW
here's a link to download the software
http://vugo.com/downloadSoftware.php

I picked up 3 of them at a local WalMart. Two for kids ages 3 & 4, and one to get used to before Christmas.

As reported (and expected) the video quality isn't anything an adult would deal with. For a 3yr old or 4yr old however, it may be no issue whatsoever. I'm contemplating returning them, or putting one in front of the 4yr old telling her it's someone elses to see if she likes it or not. They each have their own PC, so it's not like they'll flip out over it just because it's electronic.

I added an SD Card and recorded to it then put it in the PC to see if I could determine the recording format. It would be great to skip the 1:1 time ratio between show length and getting it on the TV Now. I wasn't able to figure it out though, and simple renames to .avi and .mpg didn't allow VideoLAN to play it so it's not a super common format.

I'm torn between returning them and figuring "it's only $25, what the heck", so the "kid test" may be my final deciding factor.

With this TV Now,
does anyone know if youcan
put in an SD card with still pics on it and view them?

Airjrdn said: [Q]I added an SD Card and recorded to it then put it in the PC to see if I could determine the recording format. It would be great to skip the 1:1 time ratio between show length and getting it on the TV Now. I wasn't able to figure it out though, and simple renames to .avi and .mpg didn't allow VideoLAN to play it so it's not a super common format.



Was it the VuGo .tvv format? If so I believe the VuGo's came with software to convert .avi and wmv to .tvv.

I don't remember for sure. I returned all three. For now, I think I'm going to stick w/the portable DVD player and laptop for on-the-go movie watching. Had the video looked a little better, I probably would have kept them.

For the record, the kids didn't seem to mind the picture quality. I let them see one working for a few minutes, and they thought it was "pretty cool" (my 4yr old's description of it).

lenmullen said: [Q]It definately looks like a VuGo. The dimensions of the VuGo are 6.5x3x1. Other information can be found at http://vugo.com. I bought one of these (VuGo) last year for my youngest and disagree with momotarosan. For starters, it still works. After a year of drops, bumps, and bangs, this thing still works. When you are talking about a $25 toy, that is saying something.


THANK YOU for the link to vugo. Upon closer inspection:
1. The TV Now logo on the upper left is just a sticker placed right on top of the VuGo logo! HA!
2. There is a plastic plug poked into the USB slot, just above the power plug.

So, yes, this is a VuGo. Now I just gotta see if I can get drivers for this thing, I don't see them on the website.

I placed an order before this deal was posted. It wsa "processing" for a couple of days, then when to "Backordered" and today it was canceled.



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