September 7, 2010
There is an endless supply of set-top boxes capable of all kinds of amazing things on the market or coming to market currently. Add Amino's Freedom box to the mix. Capable of 1080p playback, DVR recording and VOD streaming, and augmented by an Intel CE4100m processor, 1 GB of RAM, 500 GB of internal storage, 802.11n Wi-Fi, SD card support, Bluetooth and Nokia's MeeGo operating system, the Amino Freedom box now also runs apps and games.
July 2, 2010
. Brite-View today has launched a new media hub called the CinemaGo BV-5005HDThe new hub is primarily built as a movie player capable of pumping out 1080p picture, and supporting a variety of file formats including AVI, MOV, WMV, MKV, RMVB, DVD (VOB) and raw Flash. Furthermore, the BV-5005HD will play ISO disc images, and can pull video from its local storage or from DLNA or UPnP sources. Furthermore it now supports BitTorrent downloads and will play Muzee internet radio stations. For expansion it has both eSATA and USB ports on the front. Brite-View is now taking pre-orders for $110 though the list price when it ships (an unknown) will be $150.
March 10, 2010
HP has announced the MediaSmart Expander for TiVo, a free application that enables TiVo HD DVR owners to transfer recorded content to HP MediaSmart servers, ultimately freeing up space on the TiVo's internal drive. MediaSmart Expander also allows users to manage content stored on the server and stream content to compatible devices such as PCs and gaming consoles. The application is compatible with MediaSmart Server EX90/EX495 and the Data Vault. While the app is free, the MediaSmart EX90 and MediaSmart EX495 servers cost $549 and $699, respectively.
February 10, 2010
Now that things are so complicated and feature-packed as a norm in the home theater world, it's always refreshing to me to see something that does one thing, keeping it real simple. JVC's new CU-VS100 HD media player is just that--real simple. The only thing that it does is accept SD/SDHC cards, enabling users to view stored HD content on their HDTVs. That's it--for real.
The media box supports MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (mts/m2ts/mov), MPEG-2 TS(tod), MPEG-2 PS (mod/mpg) formats for playback, as well as AVCHD, JPEG photos and MP3/WMA music files. Just connect it to your TV via HDMI 1.3a and you'll be ready to roll.
The box with its included remote will only be released in Japan when it goes on sale next week. The US equivalent price will be $220--maybe a bit much for its limited feature set, even if that latter part is refreshing!
October 14, 2009
Western Digital has announced the second-generation WD TV Live HD Media Player, network and 1080p playback capable. The WD media player enables users to playback media from USB thumb drives or local networks, on their HDTV. The second-generation has a more responsive interface, according to WD, as well as YouTube, Flickr and Pandora streaming. The player has an Ethernet port for connecting to home networks, a pair of USB ports, composite and component video outputs, and SPDIF digital audio output. The WD TV Live HD Media Player is available for pre-order currently for $119.99.
July 24, 2009
MediaGate today announced the MG-M²TV networked multimedia player, the company's follow-up to the last-generation MG-800HD. The MG-M²TV has full support for a slew of video and audio codecs including Real media files, MP3, MKV, AVI and MPG. MediaGate is also planning to release an option 802.11n Wi-Fi dongle for wireless network streaming and access to online content portals in late August. At the moment, the MG-M²TV has a pair of USB ports and a 3-in-1 card reader that supports MS/MMC/SD cards. Oh, and of course an HDMI slot for sending that good ol' stored content to your 1080p HDTV. Available now, the MediaGate MG-M²TV has an MSRP of $119, but we found it for $105 here!.
April 3, 2009
As video streaming continues to veer mainstream, so do network attached storage devices. The Promise SmartStor NS4600 is one such device, doubling as a DLNA-supported digital media server. The NS4600 packs in four hard drives and supports SMB, CIFS, NFS and AFP file sharing protocols. Possibly even more important is support for Xbox 360, PS3, Popcorn Hour, Sony DLNA TV, Samsung HDTV's, Apple's Time Machine, and iTune's music and video. Ports include a 1 Gigabit Ethernet, pair of USB 2.0, and an eSATA slot. Furthermore, the NS4600 has a fanless, removable power supply, one-touch backup, and web server capabilities. Shipping in May 2009, the Promise SmartStor NS4600 will cost $500.
November 3, 2008
One of the big reasons the Apple TV's and Vudu's of the world are popular only among a small segment of home theater enthusiasts is they remain difficult to use. For the average home theater user anyway.
Today, Western Digital, known for producing storage products, is launching the WD TV HD Media Player. Rather than hooking your computer to your HDTV and streaming video and other multimedia files, it's a standalone box that accepts content from a separate Western Digital MyPassport portable backup drive.
The media player has two USB ports that will also connect to flash drives and flip video players, and connects to your HDTV via an HDMI cable. And it can playback virtually any type of multimedia file including most picture formats and H.264, DivX, and MPEG-2 video in 1080p resolution.
Nice and simple to use, the Western Digital TV HD Media Player costs $129, but compatible storage devices are sold separately.
September 29, 2008
As part of a strategy to penetrate the globe, set-top box maker TiVo has teamed up with CD/DVD-burning software provider Nero to bring TV recording to your computer. Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC will go on sale October 15 in the United States, Canada and Mexico and next year move to Europe, where with the exception of Britain TiVo is non-existent. The package comes with a TV tuner that plugs into your computer and a remote; the interface and functionality is exactly the same as the TV experience. Problem is it'll set you back $199, $99 if you already have a TV tuner, and require a $99/year subscription for TiVo updates. Geez, sounds like Vista might be a better option.
August 3, 2008
While it's a bit of a disappointment the TVTonic Olympic plugin only works in the United States thanks to NBC's exclusive coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, it looks to be a worthy installation if you want to customize your Olympic viewing schedule. When you install the plugin you get the regular TVTonic functionality that allows you to subscribe to "video podcasts" or web TV shows via RSS feeds, manageable through Vista Media Center. In a nutshell, it automates the collection of new web TV material you like and brings it all to one place where you can view it at your pleasure.
With the Olympics beginning August 8, Vista Media Center now has an Olympic icon under its Online Spotlight. With a simple installation of TVTonic Olympic, which only requires a remote, you'll be able to narrow down your Olympic viewing by sport and even by actual event. Because NBC typically covers the Olympics in 4 hours time slots, TVTonic Olympic can save you all kinds of time and allow you to watch your events of choice whenever you want.
The TVTonic Olympics plugin is free, so if you're a Vista Media Center user, live in the United States, and want a little control over your Olympic viewing you might as well give it a try.
Via Missing Remote
July 26, 2008
TV makers must consider web video content these days when designing a television from a consumer point of view. As so-called "lean-in" media consumption continues to grow in popularity the TV maker who builts the most "connected" TV set will win the flat panel wars. Samsung's already on top and their latest announcement confirms they have no plans on losing the flat panel crown anytime soon.
The company's new MediaLive media center extender, available next month, enables Windows Media Center users running Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate operating systems on a PC to quickly and easily stream digital content from the computer to 2008 model Samsung HDTV's using an HDMI-CEC connection via either a wired or wireless home network. The MediaLive extender supports all types of multimedia codecs including AC3, H.264, JPEG, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMA, and WMV bringing virtually any audio, video or photographic content straight to your bigscreen.
MediaLive simply mounts onto the back of your 2008 Samsung HDTV with an included bracket, connects to an HDMI-CEC port and then to your PC with a RJ45 connected LAN cable for wired home networks or via a wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n receiver built right into the extender. Navigation is simple thanks to a Windows Media Center interface on your TV screen and an included remote, or thanks to CEC, your HDTV's remote.
MediaLive also gives users access to a bunch of online entertainment services including Vongo, MovieLink, Showtime TV, XM Radio, and FOX Sports and current news updates from Reuters and NPR. Sound interesting? Samsung's MediaLive media center extender will cost around $200 when it comes out next month.
Centre Daily via Engadget HD
April 23, 2008
The new Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive is a 500 GB portable external hard drive that delivers high-definition content from your PC straight to your HDTV. Capable of storing 2 million photos, 9,250 hours of music, or 750 hours of video (MPEG-2), the Iomega ScreenPlay is a perfect example of how companies are leveraging the popularity of LCD and plasma TV's to bring peripheral devices to the forefront.
About the size of a typical paperback book, the ScreenPlay has a 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM NTFS file-formatted hard drive, and is easily connected to most newer model TV's through HDMI, composite, component, or SCART (RGB) connections. The drive gives you the ability to choose video settings from a standard-def 480i to an upscaled 720p/1080i, and supports a variety of codecs including MP3, AC3 (Dolby(R) Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) and JPEG. All Windows PC transfers use the USB 2.0 interface and a remote control is included.
Priced at $209.95, the Iomega ScreenPlay is now available in North America and will see an international release in May, priced at 180 Euros.
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March 26, 2008
The number of ways designers attempt to incorporate flat panel TV's into home interior decor are becoming to high to count as HDTV continues to penetrate the mainstream market, but this Art Deco and Baroque framed media center, from Vismara Design, is one of our favorites as of late. Maybe not techie enough for some of you, but it definitely has a sense of old-school class and style, although apparently Crave doesn't agree with us.
March 16, 2008
Engadget HD's Ben Drawbaugh got a close look at Crestron's DVPHD-Pro digital video processor at the ongoing EHX 2008 conference, and we must say it looks impressive. At at a price of $50000 plus an extra $8000 bones for a touchscreen the DVPHD-Pro should be nothing but extraordinary. The processor has an eight input, 1080p HD video switch with RS-232 and USB control, allowing you to eight 1080p sources on the display simultaneously! If I only had the money to integrate the DVPHD-Pro into my home theater system, I'd never miss a favorite TV show again.
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