October 29, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Halloween Means Rocky Horror

After the final trick or treater has retired for the night, nothing says Halloween like a viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show while pigging out to the last of the candy (unless you can find a midnight screening somewhere.) Gleeks already got a taste of it this week as the Fox show devoted an entire episode to the cult classic with cameos from Barry Bostwick and Meatloaf. The astute producers released a CD before the TV show was aired as a special treat, but nothing can compare with the original. It's just a jump to the left.

Via The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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October 29, 2010

Download Audio Books With AudibleListener


Amazon has launched AudibleListener, a service that provides access to more than 75,000 audio books for Apple iPod and MP3 players. Try their Gold membership for a month free and receive 2 free downloads, then pay $14.95 per month ($149.50 a year) for one credit per month. Platinum members will receive two per month for $22.95 monthly ($229.50 yearly.) Both plans include a free daily audio subscription to either The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal.

Via Audible

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October 28, 2010

Nook Kids, Digital Library for Little Ones


Barnes & Noble plans to release Nook Kids, a digital library for kidlets that will consist of over 12,000 books, 100 picture books and 30 enhanced picture books. The collection is aimed at ages 3 to 8 and should be available next month. The site is already up with quick peeks at an enhanced 'Jamberry' and 'Go Dog Go.'


Wait, you say. the nook's display is in black and white. Pshaw, we say. B&N is releasing the nook Color, an e-reader with 7" screen that can also browse and integrate with such apps as Facebook and Twitter. Pre-order for $249.00.

Via Nook Kids

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October 28, 2010

Netflix's Billion Dollar Investment


We admit that during the long summer of reruns, we spent a lot of primetime watching online cable TV series and Netflix Instant Watch movies, since there are now thousands available. Sandvine of Waterloo, Ontario released a report that claims that 20% of Internet traffic is attributed to Netflix streaming, most of it during primetime 8 to 10:00 p.m. CEO Reed Hastings announced in its Q3 2010 financial Report that the company is "now primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail."

So it is no surprise that they will be adding more films from Paramount Pictures, Lions Gate and MGM to the tune of about $1 billion from EPIX, the company that has subscription pay TV rights to new releases and movies 90 days after their OD and premium pay TV run. That is one large step for humankind.

Via Netflix

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October 27, 2010

Spice Mobility Launches M-67 3D Phone


The Indian Spice Mobility has announced the arrival of the M-67 3D Phone, an auto-stereoscopic device that can switch from 2D to 3D with the push of a shortcut key and doesn't need glasses to view. The cellie features a 2.36" 240x320 pixel display, a 16 GB expandable memory, remote wipe, dual stereo speakers, multi-SIM, Bluetooth, FM radio, MP3 player and a 2 MP camera that only shoots 2D. The price is reportedly less than $100.00.

Via Spice Mobility

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Sony Lowers Cost of PSP Go


Looking for an early holiday purchase at a newly reduced price? Sony has dropped the cost of its PSP Go from $249 to $199. This move is perhaps because of slow sales and the success of Nintendo's DSi. NPR reports that while the Nintendo sold about 342,000 of their handheld games, Sony only sold about 79,400 Gos. The price change now makes the Sony handheld only $30 more than the DSi XL.

Via Reuters

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October 26, 2010

Zotac ZBOX HD-ID34BR-U Says 'Time to Play'


Zotac's ZBOX may be a fine addition to your home theater. The ultra-slim HTPC is powered by NVIDIA ION technology with 512MB of DDR3 video memory and will play Blu-ray discs or stream them as a media center. The HD-ID34BR-U includes a mini-PCI Express slot, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, combo eSATA 3.0 Gb/s and USB 2.0 port, DVI, HDMI, S/PDIF optical outputs, 6-in-1 memory card reader and 802.11n WiFi.

Via Zotac

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Share with Kindle


Just as Barnes and Noble allows sharing of ebooks with their LendMe app, Amazon has announced that soon you will have the ability to loan some of your Kindle ebooks for up to 14 days. The determination is up to the publisher or rights owner and the catch is that you won't be able to read it while the loanee is doing so. Look for the new feature to launch in the next few weeks.

Via Kindle Community

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October 25, 2010

Chilean Miners Used Samsung Haptic Beam


It turns out that the phone that was sent through a hole to help keep the Chilean miners sane was a Samsung Haptic Beam with TI DLP Pico chipset. Selected because of its ability to project images up to 50", the cellie contained a message from the mining minister, a soccer match and movies that they screened during their confinement.

Via Fareast Gizmos

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Internet Advertising Abounds on TV

We were watching SNL last weekend and noticed how the shape of advertising on TV has altered. Now we know who the target audience is during that time slot so it is really no surprise that we saw spots for 'Bing search', 'AT&T Texting/Search Plan' and 'MS Live' during that time. Southwest Airlines ran an entire 30" devoted to their website. We also noticed a growing trend posting Facebook/Twitter, etc. icons at the end of a commercial in addition to their website.

The International Telecommunication Union estimates that about two billion people will be online by the end of 2010 and 227 million sites now exist but we still wonder when it was exactly that advertising realized that so many of us live on the Net.


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October 22, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Altaz Clock Radio/Digital Frame


The Altaz wireless Internet Clock Radio has a 3.5" display, touchscreen interface, Internet access and the additional bonus of doubling as a digital photo frame. View slideshows, news, and weather reports and wake to your fave person, place or thing when the alarm goes off. The radio has 128MB of internal memory and the capability for more via SD card.

Via Altaz Internet Clock Radio

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YouTube Leanback Launches


YouTube's official launch of Leanback is certainly impressive. The service, especially intended for a big screen TVs, lets you watch videos uninterrupted in HD. Once you log in, it will show you those based on your preferences. From there you can navigate by keyboard directional arrows or simply start typing. The interface allows movie rentals via the YouTube Store and other video feeds organized by category.

Via Leanback

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October 21, 2010

Whispersync eReading Sans eBook


Who needs a Kindle with Whispersync? The free Amazon app allows you to shop for over 700,000 Kindle books on your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android Phone. You still get the first chapter to read before you buy and can adjust text size. We see a trend coming here.

Via Whispersync

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Aperion Verus Grand Line Speaker Systems


Aperion Audio has a new line of home theater speaker systems. All of the Verus Grand Line speakers feature a 3-watt bass reflex design, a 1" silk dome tweeter, two 5" woven Kevlar mid-range drivers and two 6" woven Kevlar woofers. Pricing starts at $598 for the Bookshelf, $699 for the Center and $899 for the Towers size speakers.

Via Audioholics

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October 20, 2010

Marmitek GigaView820 Second Generation


Marmitek's 2nd generation HDMI system includes a remote for even more ease of operation. The GigaVideo820 wirelessly transmits an uncompressed HD signal from to your TV or projector. A built-in splitter allows you to watch locally. Stash the receiver out of sight while still being able to view up to 30m away. The GigaView820 is available now for £360 (~$576.00.)

Via Marmitek

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Netflix Replaces PS3 Disc with Interface


Good news for PS3 owners. Toss out that disc because you can finally have VOD from Netflix without it. There is a new user interface that is faster and will provide 1080i 1080p high definition and Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound. Makes you want to get that new big screen and pop up some Orville Redenbacher's, doesn't it?

Via PS Blog

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October 19, 2010

FCC Approves CableCARD Regs


The FCC finally approved new regulations for the CableCARD suggested in its National Broadband Plan. In a nutshell, this will allow consumers to change cable providers without replacing their equipment. We see this as a win-win situation for everyone and, in a press release, the CEA verbally applauded the move and proclaimed that it will "set the stage for real competition and further innovation."

Via CE

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3DTV Slow to Reach Consumers


While NAV readers already know that we think 3D is a wondrous thing, we also realize that it is still out of reach for the average consumer. According to a recent report from DisplaySearch, only 2% of all flat panels shipped in 2010 have been 3DTVs. The study also stated that with more content and technological advances in the next few years, that small percentage (equal to 3.2 million) will jump to 41% (90 million) by 2014.

Via DisplaySearch

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October 18, 2010

TiVo Launches Season Pass Manager


TiVo has finally launched their Season Pass manager. Subscribers can record, arrange and delete recording lists from their browser. And if they upgrade or purchase an additional unit, the Pass can transfer one to another on the same account.

Via TiVo

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The Instantaneous Sharing of Events


We figure that the Chilean rescue will be one of those times that you remember where you were when it occurred. Estimates say that about a billion of us watched online or cable news and we have to admit that we were riveted to our feed on Ustream where we were fortunate enough to have someone from Peru translate the event.

We all watched as the Phoenix (appropriately named) capsule made its first trip and practically held our breath as it rose to the surface the first time. Here is an excerpt from Ustream's chat when the first miner reached the surface:

11:09 kunleski: ...and here comes the underminer!
11:09 hxviera: longest 20 minutes ever... remarkable stuff!
11:10 sg1972: wow
11:10 TVtalk: Look at that little boy's face.
11:10 Kurkoo: wow its close
11:10 kaputz: waht they are doing?
11:10 twinkydisco: la ola please!
ust think, it's been 69 days and here's the capsule
11:11 RobertGreenland: wooooooooooooooooooooow!!!!
11:11 Kurkoo: wow, amazing
11:11 kaputz: wooooooooooooooooooooooow, GREAT

11:16 Necyn-1: THey saying that across different cities in chile the horns been sounding as well as church bells.
11:16 anxious_2002: really 33 because they sent one down
11:16 RobertGreenland: Greenland watching
11:16 kunleski: nigeria is watchin here too
11:16 ukebec: Wonderful - now get them all out safely! We're all people and all living on the same hunk of rock. This is a triumph for us all.
11:17 kathphd2011: Yes ! A triumph for all humanity!
11:17 misguidedroses84: wonderful to have everyone from everywhere come together and watch this. incredible.

This is truly networking at its finest. Most amazing was that the entire operation went without a hitch mostly because of the expertise of many countries who volunteered to help. We hope that the rescue taught everyone that disasters that cannot be averted can be aided by something as seemingly insignificant as a pair of Oakley sunglasses.

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October 15, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Amazon Mobile App


We admit it. We are Amazon addicts and love the ease of shopping there, not only because it is competitive in pricing but also because we often get free shipping and have never had a problem with any purchase. The free Amazon Mobile app is a gift to shoppers as it allows iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users to bar scan and search, read reviews, compare prices and shop, including full access to cart, wish list, payment and shipping option. The iPhone and touch app includes "Amazon Remembers," a feature that lets you create a visual list with your cam. The app will send you an email alert if it finds the product or something similar to your image.

Via Amazon Mobile App

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sneakPEEK Streams iDevice to TV


Plug the Scosche sneakPEEK II into your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, connect the other end into your TV via RGB or RCA input and you get a component or composite A/V cable. It is even compatible with the Netflix app for iPad. An included micro USB cord lets you charge your device while you are watching your stored video. Get yours for $59.99.

Via Scosche

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October 14, 2010

Logitech Unveils External Burner


Logitech has an external DVD/CD burner that weighs a mere 300g and comes in scratch and dirt-resistant aluminum black (or red and black for those who want to show it off.) With 6x DVD±R DL and 8x DVD±R/+RW capability, plug the LDR-PME8U2V into your USB 2.0. The company has included video programs CinePlayer5 and audio Roxio Creator XJ. Look for a MSRP of ¥9,600 (~$117.00.)

Via Logitech (translated)

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Gaikai Beta Tests Online Gaming


Gaikai's free cloud-based gaming technology, now in beta, only needs your basic browser and Flash or Java plugin to get in on the action. Similar to OnLive's free trial, games, apps and software can be demoed online before purchase with a simple click. You can sign up for an invite, but note that their requirements for the first go rounds are fairly stringent.

Via Gaika

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October 13, 2010

MCJ Desktops Feature Digital TV Tuner


MCJ, aka Mouse Computer Japan, has a new series of desktops that include a digital TV tuner. Choices include a 21.5 or 24" LCD, an Intel Core i3-540, i5-560 or i7-860, 4GB of RAM, 1TB of HDD, and NVIDIA GeForce GT220, GTS250 or GT240. Even more special, the Lm-i720E-D3B-Z22D includes a 21.5" 3D Zalman monitor that also does Blu-ray, of course. Prices run ¥99,750 (~$1,217.00) to ¥139,860 ($1,708.00.)

Via Akihabara News

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Lego Stop Animation Cam Not Just for Kids


For anyone who made stop animation with a still camera and a gazillion hours of work, rejoice in the fact that your kids (and you, if you borrow it) will love Digital Blue's cute and simple camcorder. At a size of 3.6 x 1.6 x 2.6", the Lego Stop Animation Video Camera records both regular and stop animation with a 1.5" rotation color screen, a macro lens for close-ups and can hold extra video with SD card (not included.) The package includes Stop Animation Studio Software CD, adjustable tripod. and two LEGO mini-figures.

Via Digital Blue

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October 12, 2010

Live Feed Begins for Chilean Miner Rescue


This is indeed the time of instant news as a quick search can take you almost anywhere in the world, including being able to watch the live feed of the Chilean miners rescue. We found this one from CBS but it is available on other sites as well. The first out is scheduled to be Florencio Avalos, while the honor of coming up last goes to Luis Urzua, the shift chief and a source of comfort and strength for the others during the ordeal. Vaya con dios, amigos.

Via Ustream

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James Cameron Plans 3D Music Video With BEP


Is there anything 3D related that James Cameron isn't involved in? This time, watch for his latest to be an international concert-length movie with the Black Eyed Peas. Although U2 beat them with their 2006 Vertigo tour in 2008, you know that one from the award winning director will be state of the art. Look for Justin Bieber, N.E.R.D., Kylie Monogue, the Jonas Brothers, and Kenny Chesney to get in on the action. Of course, just as 3D movies bumped up the price of a movie ticket to two digits, expect to pay up to $18.00 for a 3D CD.

Via Bloginity

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October 11, 2010

Banksy Creates Simpsons Couch Scene

You really have to appreciate this opening segment for the Simpsons directed by graffiti artist Banksy. We were alternately amused, amazed, filled with wonder and grossed out. So on the whole, we would say that this has been a good day of networking. What do you think?

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3M Shoot 'n Share Records and Projects


Simplify your business presentation or home movie viewing with 3M's Shoot 'n Share Camcorder/Projector, provided nothing too embarrassing is involved. You push one button to record, another to share an image up to 65". The CP40 connects via USB to upload to your PC and can hold up to 20 hrs. of video with a microSD card. The cam is will also work with cellphone, smartphone, MP3 player, DVD player or gaming console.

Via 3M

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October 9, 2010

Happy BD, John

John Lennon would have turned 70 today and we couldn't let it go by without sharing Google's tribute to him that includes his song "Imagine." The sentiments ring true with us today as much as they did when he wrote it in 1971.

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October 8, 2010

Freakin Friday! iPads for All


The iPad has made the leap to both Target and Amazon. There are great deals for both the WiFi and WiFi/3G models in 16, 32 and 64GB models. Target credit card holders will get a 5% discount beginning October 17. Until then, purchase is only in store. Available in 16, 32, and 64GB, shop Amazon in a state that doesn't have a business presence and you get your iPad tax free and no shipping charge.

Via Apple iPad

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October 7, 2010

AT&T Voicemail Viewer App


AT&T has launched a new U-verse service for those who still have landlines. Voicemail Viewer lists your home voicemail messages in the order you choose and will alert you when a new one arrives. Want to delete them? The app can do that, too. The free service is compatible with iPhone, BlackBerry, iGoogle Homepage and Windows Vista Sidebar.

Via AT&T

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EyeSpy247Ext Streams to Phones


EyeSpy247's latest outdoor CCTV camera is so efficient that you can check out the images from your cellphone. Both water and dust-proof, theEyeSpy247Ext delivers H.264, MPEG-4 and M-JPEG video streaming at 30 f/sec. and its automatic IR cut filter provides color during the day and infrared illumination at night. Windows, Mac and Linux compatible, the cam also provides two-way audio and has PIR and sound trigger sensors.

Via Amazon UK

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HPU Deprives Students of Social Networks for a Week


As the old saying goes, what goes around, comes around. A survey from comScore claimed that more users in the US spend more time on Facebook than researching on Google. Harrisburg Pennsylvania University conducted an experiment banning some students from using social network sites for a week to se how it affected them. At the very least, those students learned they missed the technology. The other extreme? Some accused the school of "a terrible thing and an infringement upon people's rights."

While the project itself actually created an awful lot of Interweb hype, even more ironic is the fact that Harrisburg conducts a Social Media Summit every year. Book your reservation for 2011 early.

Via NY Daily News

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October 6, 2010

Colorware Grip for iPad


Colorware, home of customization for every for every iGadget accessory, now has a nifty Grip for iPad. Available in unpainted, stock and colored versions, the aluminum handle hugs your device for both left and right handed users. At a price of $300.00, it comes with both tools and instructions for installing, and will ship in 3 - 4 weeks.

Via Colorware

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Fisher Price iXL - 6-in1 Networking for Toddlers


Every year, Fisher Price comes up with their holiday line, and they are finally coming up to the present trend of KFC, the Shack, PS3, the Hut, the Y (although the VP probably hate that as much as we do.) They have come up with the (drum roll) FP iXL with an obligatory lower case 'i'. Of course, they have assumed that you already have a PC, Mac with CD-ROM and USB, which we know you have. The iXL has a cam, displays images, plays music and games, and will help your kidlet in the areas of reading, writing and counting.

Via Fisher Price

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October 5, 2010

vChatter, Chatroulette Without the Nekkid Guy


With Chatroulette you still can find yourself at the very least face to face with a nekkid person. Will Bunker, who originally created what is now Match.com, decided to build vChatter, a Facebook app that launched in May and already has over 2.5 million users. Now there is a stand alone site with the advantages of meeting others based on geography, gender and age.

Via vChatter

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AOpen Ultimedia Center


AOpen's all new XC mini MP55 is certainly designed for the smallest of spaces at a size of 11.5 x 7 x 8". It has the added benefit of keeping its small self from discouraging those who may want to "borrow" it with Intel Anti-Theft Technology. The media center also features 5.1 surround sound, Blu-ray disc or Super Multi optical drive, optional built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless and comes with a MCE wireless remote.

Via Fareast Gizmos

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October 4, 2010

Verizon to Make $90 Million Payback


Verizon wants to right a wrong that occurred to over 15 million of its customers that either used a small amount of data or accidentally went online. A total of $90 million will be refunded in amounts of $2 - $6 in the form of a credit in the next month or so for current customers or a check for those who have moved on to other companies.

Via Verizon

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Canadian Netflix Launch: "Keep it Simple and Fun"


Netflix is now considering a streaming only option for the US after its recent launch of same in Canada. It seems that the company wanted to ensure that all was well during the event as it included extras, just in case there was a lack of proper enthusiasm. You gotta dig the hand-out sheet to those participating that included the instruction, "Keep it simple and fun."

"Extras are to behave as members of the public, out and about enjoying their day-to-day life, who happen upon a street event for Netflix and stop by to check it out. Extras are to look really excited, particularly if asked by media to do any interviews about the prospect of Netflix in Canada."

Yeah, we know how that works. We won't even begin to complain about the comment made by CEO Reed Hastings about Americans and their "self-absorbed" reaction to the Canadian service that runs a dollar less, although he did apologize later.

Via The Globe and Mail

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October 1, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset


Gamers, there's a new wireless headset in town with 40mm laser-tuned drivers for better stereo sound. The Logitech F540 can connect up to 3 audio devices including your PS3, Xbox 360, TV, DVD Player and MP3 Player. Featuring a noise-canceling microphone and adjustable padded headband, controls are on the headphones themselves with an input selector for switching between sources.

Via Logitech

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Monthly Round Up - September 2010

It's October and fall has already been in the air in our area. Consider yourself lucky if you are still enjoying the warm. Thanks for reading and get ready for the upcoming holiday season. We expect a boisterous one!



Apple TV


Audio Streaming

Blu-ray Players

Freakin' Friday

Game Console Streaming

Game Consoles


Home Theater

Image Streaming

Internet Video

Netflix Streaming



PC to TV A/V Streaming

Portable Media

Press Release

Roku Netflix Player

Steals and Deals


TV Streaming



USB Devices

Video Devices

Video Recorder

Video Streaming

Wireless Network



iPhone Streaming

iPod Streaming

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CTL Nexus Provides Hospitable HDTV


CTL Nexus has released the NX32H60, a 32" HDTV for those who travel and can't wait to end the business day and watch well, whatever you watch to escape the afterburn of that last meeting. The Hotel Feature Pack includes a swivel stand, USB clone for easy setup and RS232 terminals. They set volume, start-up channel and mapping from a master Nexus.

Via PR Web

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