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July 10, 2008

Kodak Theatre HD Player: Media Streaming Personal Memories

NEWS-16009-e55e979774f620c76fbdf11537f25e70.jpgKodak, better known for their photographic technologies than home theater products, has unveiled the Kodak Theatre HD Player. But here's the catch: this home theater is all about the memories, moving beyond the bounds of television programming and bring HD pictures, music, video, podcast, and web-based content to your HDTV. Rather than being a typical media streamer, the Kodak Theatre HD Player "turns consumers into the directors of their own show with a wireless remote control pointer in-hand", in 16:9 aspect ratio and up to 720p resolution.

Rolling out in stages, the Kodak home theater will roll out in stages with a market trial starting this September and feature partnerships with Flickr, YouTube, RadioTime, and Kodak Gallery. It'll also be able to pull content off of USB sticks and SD cards. Come September, head to Amazon, Best Buy or to get your Kodak Theatre HD Player for $299.99.

Via press release

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July 9, 2008

D-Link's DivX Connected DSM-330 Media Streamer Now Available

31mo7UuGbbL._SS400_(2).jpgD-Link's MediaLounge DSM-330, the first DivX Connected device to hit the US and soon Canada, is officially available as of today. We won't say a whole lot more here, because you can check out our hands-on review for an inside look, but with an MSRP of $299.99 we will say that Amazon's current $199.99 deal is something you don't want to miss!

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WhereverTV: Media Streaming For Foreign TV Junkies

7-9-08-wherevertv.jpgIf you're big into foreign programming, WhereverTV, sold by a company of the same name and repurposed from Neuros' OSD will probably be right up your alley. The new receiver and service announced at the SINO Consumer Electronics Show today allows users access to hundreds of live television channels in more than 40 languages from 100 countries around the world with no activation fees or recurring service charges. The WhereverTV receiver delivers programming from the internet directly to the TV without the need for a direct PC connection, simply hooking up to your router. Controlled via remote, WhateverTV uses a Global Interactive Program Guide to manage international internet TV content in an easy-to-use right on the TV screen. WhereverTV is available from Amazon or the company's website for $199.99.

Via PRNewswire

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July 3, 2008

Roku Netflix Player Source Code Available

front_angle_remote(2).jpgRoku has made the Netflix Player's source code available on their website so we should be seeing all kind's of new and interesting hacks and features available in the next few days. The Linux-based box, which allows users to order Netflix movies on demand rather than through the mail, is also set to receive an update later this year that'll allow streaming of video content from other "big name" providers. Netflix chief exec Reed Hastings figure DVD sales will peak as early as 2013, being why Netflix is now working on becoming a little more connected and on-demand. Look for Netflix movie rentals incorporated in products by LG Electronics and maybe even the Xbox 360 in the future as well.

Via Hack A Day

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June 30, 2008

Hands-On Review: D-Link's DSM-330 DivX Connected HD Media Player

dsm-330-1(2).jpgIn an era where "connected" defines the best of the best home theater technology, D-Link's DSM-330 DivX Connected HD media player fits squarely into niche of connected devices that every home entertainment enthusiast must take a seriously look at. Not only is the DSM-330 capable of streaming HD video from your PC to your TV wirelessly or by way of a home ethernet connection, it's the first DivX Connected home entertainment device to hit the North American market. Intrigued? You should be, and if so, should consider taking a look at our hands-on review after the jump.

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June 29, 2008

Google Makes A Move For Your TV With Google Media Server

mediaserver1.gifGoogle has turned its famed search engine biz into a full-fledged media company and their latest move into that area is the debut of Google Media Server, a Windows app that locates multimedia files on your computer and enables them to playback on your TV via any DLNA device. The new media server is a simple Google Gadget plugin that you download onto your computer, which then uses Google's Desktop Search technology to locate video, music, and picture files. All's you need is a UPnP-enabled device such as a Playstation 3 hooked into your home theater, and voila, Google TV!

Via Techcrunch

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June 18, 2008

HP MediaSmart Connect Receiver Available For Preorder

hp-ms-receiver.jpgYet another product TV fanatics have patiently waited for since CES 2008 back in January, HP's MediaSmart Connect receiver is finally up for pre-order. Connect the MediaSmart Connect to your HDTV and desktop or laptop PC through ethernet (HDMI or component vid) or a wireless 802.11a, b, g, or dual-band draft 802.11n connection, and you're set to easily playback HD digital media files from you computer on your HDTV screen. The MediaSmart Connect uses Extender for Windows Media Center to enable computer users with Windows Vista Home Premium or Vista Ultimate to access a whole range of online video services including Vongo, MovieLink and FOX Sports, and Microsoft Media Center Internet TV beta featuring over 100 hours of programming from A&E, Bio, CNBC, DIY, Fine Living, Food Network, FOX Sports, HGTV, History Channel, iFilm, MSNBC, National Geographic, NBC News and StupidVideos. And if your PC has a TV tuner you can stream broadcast TV straight to your HDTV as well.

The HP MediaSmart Connect receiver also plays back a wide range of other multimedia codecs including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DiVX, XVID, DVR-MS, WMV and WMV-HD; MP3, WMA, WMA Pro and AAC (unprotected); JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF and PNG. Regularly priced at $350, the MediaSmart Connect is available for $326 from Amazon and will be released July 31.

Preorder the HP MediaSmart Connect Receiver from Amazon

Via Electronic House

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June 13, 2008

D-Link's DSM-750 MediaLounge Wireless Media Extender Gets Reviewed

DSM-750_screen(2).jpgThe boys over at Ars Technica recently got their hands on a D-Link MediaLounge DSM-750 Wireless HD media extender and put it through the gears finding that while it has potential, it's still not the best solution on the market. The DSM-750 makes use of Windows Media Center to move HD video content from your Windows PC or media center to your television, and Ars Technica found the overall D-Link experience to be fairly standard right from the moment of unboxing. About the same size as an Oppo DVD player, the DSM-750 features all the usual connectivity options: HDMI, component, composite, S-video, digital coax audio, digital optical audio, an ethernet port and an included antenna to make use of the D-Link's 802.11n or 802.11g wireless connectivity. Easy to setup, the extender allows you to use Windows' Home Server Media Center Extender interface which will lead you directly to a huge amount of free online content, yet you won't find a dedicated online store where you can buy or rent digital downloads.

A couple of major problems with the MCE interface include poor design forcing you to use sideways scrolling and slow loading times. Video playback on the interface is quirky and slow as well. Ars does point out that this may be a Microsoft issue rather than a D-Link issue; after all it's Microsoft software and similar problems are found on the Xbox 360. The DSM-750 interface suffers from some of the same problems though that could also stem from Microsoft's problems. In the end Ars Technica recommend the Xbox Media Center on an old Xbox as a better choice.

We'd like to point out that while this is a somewhat unfavorable review, to be fair to D-Link it's not a complete review. First of all the testing was done on the tester's wired ethernet home network and the wireless connection wasn't even tried. It's entirely possible that the problems with slowness stemmed from the tester's network and not from either the D-Link or Windows Media Center. Second of all the transmission of HD content wasn't even touched upon and for the record, try streaming HD content via a first-generation Xbox. Good luck with that. This is an interface usability review rather than a functionality review, so it only covers a small part of the overall puzzle. Stay tuned for our hands-on review of the D-Link DSM-330 in the next bit for a more comprehensive look at what D-Link's wireless HD media extenders have to offer.

Buy the D-Link MediaLounge DSM-750 Wireless HD Media Extender from Amazon

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June 10, 2008

ZeeVee's ZvBox: Streams Web Video Over Coaxial To Every HDTV In Your Home

zeevee_x600(2).jpgAnother media streamer designed to bring video content from your computer to your HDTV, the ZeeVee ZvBox simply connects to your computer monitor output at one end and your home's existing coaxial cable wiring at the other end and you're ready to go. The ZvBox will then localcast the web video content to an empty channel on every HDTV in your home. It'll also access any computer application, allow you to view photos and listen to music from your home computer, check your email, and browse the web sans any extra receivers. The unit costs $499, requires no subscription fees and comes bundled with a ZvRemote and Zv Receiver, as well as all the necessary connecting cables.

Preorder The ZeeVee ZvBox From Amazon

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June 9, 2008

iPhone SlingPlayer-The Latest And Greatest Move By Sling Media

133828-sling_player_iphone(2).jpgIf you're a home theater buff we're guessing you're probably a general gadget geek as well. Given that, you're probably frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the expected 3G iPhone announcement by Steve Jobs at the Worldwide Developer's Conference this morning. And while that'll be absolutely amazing should it come true, there's another development happening this week at WWDC. Sling Media, the people that brought you the Slingbox time and placeshifting set top box are working on a SlingPlayer for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It won't be ready to ship anytime this month, but three Sling Media developers will be at WWDC to get a feel for the latest Apple developer tools that'll bring the SlingPlayer closer to release.

It'll eventually be available in two versions-one for the current iPhone using "jailbreak" tools to write the software and another that'll run in a iPhone simulator actually using Apple's proprietary development tools. Although Sling is working on a "jailbreak" version, the iPhone SlingPlayer will only be available at the iPhone app store when it's ready to ship.

We're expecting to hear more about the iPhone SlingPlayer as the week moves ahead.

Via Macworld

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