March 18, 2009

FiOs TV Adds Sony and Turner to Lineup

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We have previously mentioned FiOS TV, the free service for Verizon subscribers of Home Media DVR. The company has announced even more VOD in their library. Both Sony and Turner Networks have signed on. That mean you can watch shows from CNN, Cartoon Network, TBS, and other networks along with lots of free movies including:
"The DaVinci Code"

"Final Destination 3"

"Anaconda"

"Anaconda III"

Okay, so watching Jon Voight or David Hasselhoff wrestling an enormous rubber snake is not your idea of incredible viewing, but don't knock the free ride.

Via Verizon

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Habey Releases Fanless Mini HTPC with Decoder

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Habey has a new performance Atom N270 system with a 1080p HD platform. The BIS-6550 has a built-in HD AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 hardware decoder for playback of HD as well as Blu-ray. The fanless system includes media interfaces VGA, HDMI, Composite and S-Video out, built-in CF socket, SD reader, two SATA II ports, four USB 2.0 ports and one Gigabit Ethernet. An HD TV tuner and wireless card are optional.

Via Habey U.S.A.

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March 16, 2009

Miro 2.0 - Now Customizable

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Miro is a free HD video player that can handle almost any video file and has access to over 6,000 Internet TV shows and podcasts. The open source device has integrated search and will also stream from sites like YouTube and Hulu. The new 2.0 version is customizable and has keyboard shortcuts, while the built-in guide connects you for downloading to your computer. With such extensive free viewing available online, it is no wonder that some of the networks are increasing their output there as well.

Via Miro

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March 10, 2009

Alaska and Southwest Airlines Test WiFi

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Alaska Airlines has joined the ranks of American, Delta and Air Canada to offer its customers Satellite technology from Row 44. The Inflight WiFi can be used with a laptop, smartphone, PMP or any other wireless device to browse and gain access to corporate networks via VPN. The service is beginning in one flight that runs between Seattle and San Jose on their Boeing 700/737 planes and if successful, will be available on other flights. The company has said that it will allow consumers to determine what is a fair price after the trial period, but knowing how airlines are now charging for meals and other extras, don't be surprised at the results.

Trying to keep up, Southwest Airlines has also announced it is beta testing a service on three of their planes. After the trial, expect to pay about $10.00 per day.

Via Alaska World

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March 9, 2009

Vue - Simplified Home Networking

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Avaak Vue Personal Video Network is surely one of the most state of the art systems going. Mount their 3" high cams anywhere in your house and they will deliver battery powered, wireless images to the base station without a PC. You get access to them on a password-protected site even if you are not home. Not only can you move the cameras around, you can take video or stills and upload them to social networking sites.

The Vue is run by FrameMesh, a low-power 2.4GHz system that enables the cameras to only operate when you are watching. Developed by the military, one FrameMesh network can support up to 50 cameras. Look for the Vue in May at a price of $299.99 for a base station, two cams and mounting gear. Service is free for the initial year and $20.00 after that, and extra cams are $99.00 apiece.

Via Vue Zone

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March 6, 2009

Freakin' Friday! Prestige Drive Works With Pace Boxes

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Iomega has announced that their
Prestige Desktop External Hard Drive
, previously used for storage for eSATA-enabled DVRs, is now compatible with Pace set-top boxes. That means an expanded capacity for up to 300 hours of standard def TV or 60 hours of HD. The drive can even enable boxes to function as a DVR without an internal hard drive. Get in touch with Iomega for more information.

Via Iomega Prestige External Hard Drive

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Tandberg Releases First HD USB Cam

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When you think videoconferencing, consider Tandberg's PrecisionHD USB Camera. Designed for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Release 2, it's a first that offers HD video at 720p with 30 f/s. Hook the OCS 2007 R2 to your laptop that also supports unlimited video bitrate. Contact Tandberg for more info. We suspect it won't be long before HD becomes the standard for home webcams as well.

Via Tandberg

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March 5, 2009

HDMI Digital Viewer Displays Media on Your HDTV

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Make everyone suffer through the equivalent of home movies with the Hi-Den Vision HDMI 1080p Digital Photo Viewer. The HD-0301 lets you show off photos, video clips and MP3 music files on your HDTV. The device supports most flash memory cards with its CompactFlash Type I/II slots. Use the front USB port for larger files on a portable hard drive. There is also an extra connector for another HDMI gadget, such as your DVR. The view comes with a $59.99 price.

Via Hi-Den Vision

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March 4, 2009

Panasonic Deluxe 5 Home Theater System

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We do so dig hunting around for bargains. The
Panasonic SC-PT760 Deluxe 5 DVD Home Theater System
is a case in point. The DVD/CD home theater system comes with their Whisper-Mode Surround for super sound at low volumes. It handles up to 5 discs and comes with 1 center speaker, a Kelton subwoofer, 2 tallboys, and 2 surround speakers. Of course it features Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS decoders and has 1080p up-conversion to your HDTV. The SC-PT760 also has an integrated iPod dock/charger and Viera link display for control at a price of $314.70 with free shipping.

Via Panasonic Deluxe 5 Home Theater

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March 3, 2009

Russian Intelvision Home Media Center

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Intelvision Engineering, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, has unveiled a home media center that is compatible with both Beckhoff I/O modules and controllers as well as KNX/LON/RS232/485/TCP/IP devices. Here is what is included in the package:

  • Beckhoff CX controller server side (INTELVISION PLC runtime)
  • Configuration Program (for PC) - to configure I/O, Logic, timers, groups, ext.devices (MediaCenter, IRTrans, Moxa, Kramer etc.), ext.interfaces (RS485, lon, knx, enocean, etc.)
  • Visualization library - dll for MS Blend with a large amount of additional elements (dimmers, relays, command senders, buttons, IR, bells, video (Axis,) etc.)
  • Native iPod Touch/iPhone software

That's a lot of media attention. Look for it to come stateside further down the road.

Via Automated Home

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