October 28, 2008

MvixUSA Launches MvixBox - Ultra Performance 3 Terabyte NAS/Media Server

Most people don't think they need one but one of the nicest devices you can have in your home is a Networked Attached Server (NAS). Just imagine having a safe storage and media server that takes care of your data even when you laptop or desktop PC decides to blow up? Mvix has announced the MvixBox 3 Terabyte NAS which comes in at a decent price-point (under $300).

Chantilly, VA. October 24, 2008: Mvix(USA), Inc., a market leader in high-definition entertainment and business signage solutions announces the launch of the MvixBOX (WDN-2000) 2-Bay Ultra Performance NAS/Media Server. MvixBOX is a 2-Bay Network Attached Server featuring a user-friendly interface with Web-Disk, Torrent Sharing, Dynamic Website hosting, and data backup capable of holding 2 x 1.5TB (total 3 TB) SATA Hard Drives.

Beyond its dizzying array of features, the MvixBOX offers many advanced features for home-office network environments. It's WebServer feature offers a complete Media / Web Server solution in one box. The unit comes pre-configured with Apache, MySQL, SQlife, and PHP, offering a ready-to-go solution for hosting personal or small business websites, blogs, family forums or wikis. MvixBOX also comes pre-configured for dynamic DNS functionality. MvixBOX offers the ability to use simple name, easy to remember domains... allowing easy access of files across the web.


Amazon is showing the MvixBox coming in at under $300 and the MvixBox should be shipping anytime.

At MvixUSA.com

MivxBox at Amazon

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October 2, 2008

First Nero LiquidTV Unboxing Hits the Web

It's only been a few days since we told you about LiquidTV, a package that turns a Windows PC into a TiVo based TV recorder. So imagine our surprise when we heard EngadgetHD already got their hands on LiquidTV. We'll say wer'e a bit jealous. According to EngadgetHD:

Although we wonder how big the market is for yet another piece of DVR, HTPC software, we do want to find out if the $200 price point, and $99 a year for service, is worth it for a remote, IR transceiver, hybrid tuner, antenna and software.

Very cool! Be sure to check out the complete gallery.

At EngadgetHD.com (image: EngadgetHD)

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August 20, 2008

CMI Introduces the SYVIO-200 HD player


CMI has just introduced the SYVIO-200 HD player, a device that's really similar to the Popcorn Hour Media Hour Streamer. Here's the basic specs:

  • The latest HD player, SYVIO-200 is featured by its HDMI 1.3Version,1080P reolution supported. It allows to pull in digital video, audio and photos from various sources for your enjoyment on customer's HDTV or home theater setup
  • Can stream or playback customer's digital media content from a variety of sources, such as your PC, NAS, digital camera, USB mass storage devices (flash drive, HDD, DVD drive), internal HDD and even directly from the Internet via the media service portal
  • It also serves as a NAS and a BitTorrent peer-to-peer down loader to eliminate the need to switch on a PC or other device for this purpose
  • The SYVIO-200 supports the latest high bitrate video formats (MPEG2 MP@HL, H.264 HP@L4.1, VC-1 AP@L3 in TS of at least 40Mbps) to give you up to 1080p high-definition videos
  • In recognition of advances in Internet TV, the A-100 supports peer-to-peer Internet TV streaming technology from SayaTV, as well as popular unicast Internet TV such as YouTube, Google video and metacafe via the media service portal
  • The A-100 firmware is upgradeable to support future media containers, codecs and features
  • HDD not included

We don't know much else about this device but we'll get you more details as they come in.

[via Engadget]

SYVIo-200 Product Page

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TiVo Series2 80-Hour for $37.95 After Rebate

If you've ever thought about getting a TiVo, you might want to jump on this deal at Amazon.com. The TiVo Series2 80-Hour is $187.95 but includes a $150 mil-in rebate bringing the cost down to $37.95.

TiVo Series2 at Amazon

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August 14, 2008

Unbox: D-Link DSM-330 DivX Connected HD Mediaplayer


If you weren't aware, the first DivX Connected media player hit the market last month. We recently received our review unit and wanted to give you a quick unboxing before we go on with the review. We'll start with the features as listed at D-Link's website:

High Definition DivX Video
DivX Connected™ finally makes HD on your TV a reality with high-quality DivX video playback at up to HD 720p. Use HDMI (included) for the best quality or S-video, component or composite cables for your standard definition TV or HDTV.

Power to the PC
Leverage your PC power and enjoy fast, smooth, stutter-free video, music and photo playback in a rich, remote-controlled TV interface1, and add new functionality with a quick update to the DivX Connected server software. The DSM-330's only function is to stream media to your TV, making it infinitely scalable with add-on services3 and plug-ins.

Easy Setup
The installation wizard helps you connect the DSM-330 to your network and TV, as well as set up and scan your media. It comes with all necessary cables and DivX Converter--a simple software program4 to convert videos to the DivX format on your PC.

Foundation of Your Digital Home
Add the DSM-330 to your wired or wireless home network and access media from all your PCs, hard drives and the Internet. Stream music, photos and video using wireless 802.11g or an Ethernet connection and enjoy the high-quality media experience in your home theater.

We're currently working on the review but here's some images of the unboxing:

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VUDU Offering $0.99 Summer Movie Rentals to Beat the Heat

Looking for some cheap movies this summer? You might want to check out the new offering from VUDU. For those of you not familiar with VUDU, it's an HD media streamer that delivers DRM content to your TV for a fee. According to VUDU press release:

VUDU, the company that brings instant access to 1080p HD entertainment to the living room, today announced a summer movie extravaganza that will let viewers rent recent blockbuster hits and cinematic classics for just 99 cents from VUDU's groundbreaking service.

Extended Rental for $0.99: Starting immediately, the VUDU service will allow viewers to renew any standard definition video rental for just 99 cents within seven days of first viewing a film. The 99 cents video renewal is a first in the digital delivery category and guarantees that VUDU owners receive the most generous rental renewal policy in the industry. The rental of high definition movies can be extended for $1.99.

99 for 99: Simultaneously, VUDU launched a movie channel called "99 for 99". Its editorial team selected 99 blockbuster films each available to rent for 99 cents. New films will be rotated into the channel to ensure that new mega-hits are always available throughout the year.

We're not sure what the quality of the $.99 cent movies will be, but hopefully there'll be content for the whole family.

Press Release at VUDU.com [via EngadgetHD]

VUDU at Amazon

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August 13, 2008

Unbox: ZvBox HD Video Streamer from ZeeVee

There's been a lot of excitement over the ZvBox from ZeeVee, a unique type of media streamer. What makes the ZvBox so unique is the how it interacts and distributes your media as we mentioned in a previous article:

  • The box itself converts the video from the PC's VGA port into a high-def channel and sends it out to your home's coax cable network.
  • A PC app acts as a launcher for all the good PC-based internet video clients, like Hulu, Joost and even Microsoft's own Media Center.
  • The remote controls not just your TV, but the app on the PC too, giving you decent control over the otherwise PC-locked experience.

The idea of sending your PC content over you home cable setup to any TV in the house just boggles the mind. We've recently received our review unit and we'll get it setup and let you know what we think but we'll start you off with a quick unboxing.

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August 6, 2008

Iomega Introduces New Screenplay TV Link


Looking for a streaming media player that's totally portable. You might want to check out the new Screenplay TV Link from Iomega. According to Iomega's press release:

Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection and security, today announced the new Iomega(R) ScreenPlay(TM) TV Link, making it convenient and affordable to access multimedia content on any high-definition television or home theater system. Complete with full-function remote control, the new ScreenPlay TV Link features an easy-to-use USB port for attaching compatible storage devices and enjoying high quality movies, music and photos from the best seat in the house.

Smaller than a deck of playing cards, the new Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link is based on the same display technology as Iomega's ScreenPlay HD Multimedia drive, introduced in April 2008, and offers the same audio and video quality with upscaling to high definition. While the ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive features a fully-integrated 500GB hard drive solution, this latest addition to the ScreenPlay product family gives users the flexibility to connect their own USB external storage devices to the ScreenPlay TV Link and play back the media content on an attached TV.

The result is an affordable, easy-to-use multi-media solution that can utilize different storage devices when friends, family or co-workers drop by with a media file to share. Compatible USB devices with the new ScreenPlay TV Link include flash drives, hard drives, and Iomega's REV drives.

While the Screenplay TV Link is lacking some features, we could definitely see a place in our briefcase for this $99 device.

Iomega Press Release

[via Engadget]

Screenplay TV Link at Amazon

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July 30, 2008

SATA HDD Multimedia Dock- Just add Harddrive


So simple yet so cool! How would you like the ability to shove a SATA hardrive into a dock that connects to your TV without a bunch of headaches. You can do tha that with the SATA HDD Multimedia Dock and according to RedFerret.net:

This new SATA HDD Multimedia Dock not only accepts 2.5/3.5 inch hard disks and SD Cards but will deliver multimedia content like video and audio from the disk to your television without a computer. Now that's cool. So you can drop in your disk full of photos or MP3s, hook the thing up to your HiFi or TV and play it all without missing a beat. Now that's cool. Did we say that already? There is however one tiny hitch, the thing only streams FAT32 formatted disks, which is a bit naff, eh? Ah well. $84.00.


At $84, this is quite a deal. The only thing to figure out you'll want an easy to access harddrive external case for your PC so you can load your data. Other than that, the SATA HDD Multimedia Dock looks like a handy device to have around the house.

At RedFerret.net

SATA HDD Multimedia Dock Product Page

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July 21, 2008

TiVo to Deliver YouTube Videos To TV Sets


We've known this was coming for awhile but you should see YouTube videos on certain TiVo boxes within the next few weeks. According to NewsFactor.com:

TiVo says it has completed the technology to make YouTube videos available on TV sets connected to its digital video recorder (DVR) boxes. As part of an agreement with YouTube announced in March, TiVo expects to roll out a software upgrade over the next few weeks.

Broadband subscribers with TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD DVRs will have access to the YouTube video universe. Viewers will be able to search by keyword or browse for content under categories such as featured, most recent, favorites or most viewed today.

It's amazing how YouTube is becoming available on all types of streaming devices. Hopefully YouTube will be on the Roku Netflix Player soon. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

At NewsFactor.com

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