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What is a Personal Television?

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  • Written By: S. Gonzales
  • Edited By: A. Joseph
  • Last Modified Date: 12 November 2016
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A personal television is a digital and handheld device that allows its owners to watch television while on the go. They are highly portable, so they can be carried easily, and favorite television shows can be enjoyed anywhere. A personal television might come with a screen as small as 3.5 inches (88.9 mm).

Features of personal televisions can vary between models. Some personal televisions have touch-screen capabilities. They can be the size of a cell phone, making their transport and accessibility easy. Stereo speakers might let users experience sound much in the way that they do with standard televisions. Headphones also can be offered as an accessory for users who want to keep television sounds to themselves.

A subscription to a cable service can provide access to the same channels that a viewer is accustomed to watching on a standard television. A personal television also can function like a digital video recorder (DVR). It might be able to record a user's favorite shows and set up reminders so that the user is made aware when a preferred show has come on.

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A personal television is meant to accompany its user outside of the home, so battery life can be an issue for potential purchasers. Most personal televisions can easily hold a charge of up to five hours. This means that users can enjoy five hours of viewing time before having to recharge the device. In addition, built-in stands can make watching shows off a personal television more comfortable.

Personal televisions give their owners the freedom to watch television wherever they find themselves. Owners might decide to use a personal television at a gym, airport, grocery store, office or anywhere else where they want to seek portable entertainment. Portable televisions can even be used within the home in areas where standard televisions are not usually placed, such as laundry rooms. A personal television can be easily packed up and moved to another location, so it can offer its owner entertainment in every part of the home.

Potential owners of personal televisions should know that they often have the same options available to them as they would with standard televisions. For example, viewing does not have to be limited to certain channels, and viewers can watch television programs without the need to download and wait. Users also can even implement parental controls so that they can designate and monitor which channels and shows children watch on the device.

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