By Terry Currier
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Winner of the CES Best of Innovations award the Boxee Box by D-Link reinterprets what TV should be. The Boxee Box delivers all the movies, TV shows, music, and photos from a user’s computer, home network, and the Internet to their HDTV with no PC needed. Additionally, Boxee’s core social features make it easy for friends to discover new content from each other through social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and more.
Boxee is a popular PC, Mac, and Linux software program that lets users watch hundreds of thousands of popular TV shows and movies. Instead of sifting through millions of confusing Web sites, when users search on Boxee, TV shows and movies are delivered to them with the click of a remote control. Nearly a million Internet users around the world have already downloaded Boxee to enjoy their online entertainment.
The Boxee Box by D-Link takes the same popular software and offers it up as a great device -- the perfect companion to a high definition TV. It includes a huge library that spans the Internet, such as university courses, panel discussions, academic lectures, presentations, web-only videos and more from TED, Stanford, FORA.tv, Kid Mango, Next New Networks and more. Boxee also makes it easy for users to add their own favorite entertainment sources with simple RSS or XML feeds available for most online video.
In addition to video content, Boxee users can access great music from sites like Pandora, last.fm, shoutcast, and We are Hunted as well as stunning photo from sites like flickr, Picasa and Facebook. For entertainment lovers who have built their own collections of digital media stored on their computer hard drive or home network, Boxee automatically identifies their content and downloads relevant cover art, synopses, reviews, subtitles, lyrics and more. Also, with built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi support, it can transfer files without delay and from longer distances within a user’s home.
The Boxee Box by D-Link is scheduled to ship in the first half of 2010 for the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $199.
The D-Link® Pebble™ is a uniquely designed media player that lets users play virtually all of their media in an attractive, easy-to-use and compact device. Lightweight, decorative and functional, no other media player of its style and price offers full network capabilities in such a compact package. Pebble streams music, photos and video wherever they are stored – on external hard drives, in USB thumb drives, SD/XM/Flash memory cards, network attached storage (NAS) devices, PCs or the Internet. An optional dongle is available for wireless 802.11n connectivity.
When attached to a home network – either wired or wireless -- the D-Link Pebble accepts media files from any PC on the network or NAS device, and allows playback on the entertainment center TV and stereo with high-resolution quality and crystal clear sound. The intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) makes user navigation quick and point-click-and-play easy.
The USB 2.0 ports support an external hard drive, thumbdrives, various memory card formats and a USB wireless dongle. HDMI 1.3 and analog video output and composite audio also are built into the Pebble for the ultimate viewing and listening experience.
It will be available in the first half of 2010 for the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of -$119.99.
Your media files are scattered throughout your network. The Wireless Media Stick™ by HSTi™ is the new and easy way to stream your media files from any computer within a wireless network to any USB enabled DVD/Blu-ray player, TV, stereo or digital picture frame.Plug the Wireless Media Stick™ into the USB port of the device and now you’re connected to your files. Play your music, videos and photos instantly.
The majority of Blu-ray™, DVD, Plasma and LCD televisions, Stereos and Digital Picture frames currently in the market are equipped with a standard USB Direct port. The Wireless Media Stick™ simply plugs into the USB Direct port of those devices. It allows the user to stream files that reside in any computer or storage device attached to your network through the existing wireless router. No complicated devices or processes to manage and no additional remote controls. Simply Connect--Stream--Enjoy!
Helping to eliminate home theater clutter with its Wireless HD Kit (GWAV8141K) allowing consumers to customize their living space and wirelessly transmit Blu-ray / DVD players, DVR / Set-top boxes, VHS players, Computers and Media Servers / Home Theater PC’s to HDTV’s or projectors. An ideal solution for consumers looking to customize their home theater experience, highlights of the Wireless HD Kit include:
IOGEAR’s Wireless HD Kit will be available around the end of March at an MSRP of $900.
Launched a new generation of ScreenPlay™ HD Media Products, including the top of the line Iomega® ScreenPlay™ Director HD Media Player, a feature-rich HD media player that makes it easy to browse your home network for content to watch on the TV, and also incorporates the Roxio CinemaNow™ entertainment platform from Sonic Solutions®, giving consumers instant access to buy or rent movies and other premium entertainment.
The new ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player boasts full 1080p high definition playback (24fps) and 1TB of space to save all your multimedia files. The ScreenPlay Director is DivX® Home Theatre certified to play popular DivX video, and supports many of today’s popular CODECs and file types, including H.264, WMV and MKV, as well as plenty of others. It is compatible with PCs and Macs, and has an Ethernet connection so you can store, access and share videos, photos and music across your home network or store all the files in one convenient location on the ScreenPlay Director. The new ScreenPlay Director is DLNA compatible to interact with other compatible devices on your home network, and is WiFi ready so you can connect to your network wirelessly, if desired. (USB WiFi adaptor sold separately.)
The ScreenPlay Director also includes a selection of popular online media pre-configured for easy access, including YouTube, Flickr, Shoutcast Internet radio, RSS feeds and podcasts. You can also configure the ScreenPlay Director to add other RSS feeds and podcasts, making it a snap to customize the player with your choice of online content. With three USB 2.0 ports, you can attach other external storage devices, a camera, flash drives, or a WiFi adapter.
For an new entry-level HD media player, the ScreenPlay Plus which acts as both a high definition multimedia player as well a high capacity storage device for your media library. Available in a 1TB capacity it supports native high definition 720p and 1080i video playback, and is DivX® Home Theatre certified to play DivX video, too. Compatible with such media formats as MP3, AC3 (Dolby® Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI-VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DivX/XViD) and JPEG. The ScreenPlay Plus includes an HDMI connection and a USB 2.0 port for accessing additional storage from a portable hard drive or a USB Flash drive.
The Iomega® ScreenPlay™ TV Link Director provides all the capabilities of the ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player but at a fraction of the cost. A small, compact device with no onboard hard drive, the ScreenPlay TV Link Director gives users the flexibility to bring their content to the device using their own USB drives and USB 2.0 Flash drives or by browsing their home network. The ScreenPlay TV Link Director is DLNA compatible and is an ideal companion to Iomega’s Home Media Network Drive.
The Iomega Protection Suite of software is bundled free of charge with many Iomega products, including the new ScreenPlay HD Director and ScreenPlay Plus Media Player products. Available via download, the Iomega Protection Suite includes Iomega QuikProtect for simple scheduled file-level backup; a choice between EMC® Retrospect® Express or Express HD to back up your data, plus applications and settings; and a free subscription to a markt-leading software that protects your PC with anti-virus, anti-spyware, and web security protection.
The 1TB Iomega® ScreenPlay™ Director HD Media Player is available in the U.S. for $249. The new 1TB Iomega® ScreenPlay™ Plus HD Media Player is available now for $169, and the new ScreenPlay TV Link Director is expected be available in the U.S. later this quarter for $129. Each product is backed by a three-year warranty (with product registration).
With the launch of the Digital Entertainer Express (EVA9100) , NETGEAR is also expanding its family of digital media players, which already includes the Digital Entertainer Elite (EVA9150) and Digital Entertainer Live (EVA2000). The Digital Entertainer Express is a powerful and flexible digital media player that enables serious media enthusiasts to easily enjoy and seamlessly stream personal digital media collections and Internet content over home networks to HDTVs. The unique technology of the Digital Entertainer Express enables consumers to seamlessly stream M2TS via pre-buffering and play Blu-ray quality digital video up to 1080p. They can also play MP3, multichannel WAV and FLAC files and high-resolution digital photos from PCs, Macs® or Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, such as the NETGEAR Stora and ReadyNAS®. Consumers can also enjoy Internet content, such as Internet radio (over 250 stations), Flickr™, RSS feeds and videos from popular websites.
Note prices stated are rounded up.
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