We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Portable TV?

Michael Pollick
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At EasyTechJunkie, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A portable TV contains many of the same features of its large screen cousins, but it can be carried easily out of the home and into the wilderness. Different consumers may have different ideas on what constitutes a 'portable TV', but in general it is a smaller television set (under 13" screen) designed with handles or reinforced casings. Some portable TV models still use the bulky cathode ray tube technology of standard televisions, while newer models employ a liquid crystal display (LCD) on a flat screen.

In the earliest days of portable TV technology, most of the models available were small black & white sets kept in children's rooms or the kitchen. Power still had to come from a standard household outlet, limiting the actual portability factor. Battery-powered televisions became available in the late 1970s and early 80s, but their power requirements often limited viewing time. Multi-purpose 'boom boxes' occasionally offered a small television screen and a tuner capable of receiving television audio signals, thus starting the search for a practical portable TV system.

The next tangible advance in portable TV technology was the pocket-sized televisions produced by Casio and Sony in the late 1980s. These mobile television units could be carried to ballgames or camping sites or waiting rooms. A small headphone set provide privacy and other features such as radio tuners made these portable TV units appealing to those on the go. But sales of these early compact televisions often fell flat because the picture screen was difficult to watch and the casings were easily damaged by weather or owner neglect.

Today's portable TV market benefits from the advances in LCD screen technology. Instead of a bulky cathode ray tube literally shooting electrons on a screen, LCD crystals use electronic charges to change individual pixels on a flat screen. Vibrant color is possible through the addition of red, green and yellow pixels working in tandem. The casing of a modern portable TV is built to withstand rough handling and wet weather conditions. LCD displays do not require as much power to operate, so battery life has improved dramatically. A portable TV unit may also be able to display DVDs or gaming programs.

Today's portable TV technology allows consumers to watch favorite shows through devices no larger than a Sony Walkman CD player. In fact, some mobile phone companies now offer the ability to broadcast television programs through the phone's central screen area. Your next wireless phone could be the latest in portable TV technology.

EasyTechJunkie is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Michael Pollick
By Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to EasyTechJunkie, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide range of topics. His curiosity drives him to study subjects in-depth, resulting in informative and engaging articles. Prior to becoming a professional writer, Michael honed his skills as an English tutor, poet, voice-over artist, and DJ.
Discussion Comments
By anon54539 — On Nov 30, 2009

is adding a portable tv like the haier 7" lcd tv like adding a regular tv to a dishNetwork digtal recorder?

Michael Pollick
Michael Pollick
As a frequent contributor to EasyTechJunkie, Michael Pollick uses his passion for research and writing to cover a wide...
Learn more
EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

EasyTechJunkie, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.