October 28, 2008

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

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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.

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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 20, 2008

Boxee Makes Hulu Streaming to Apple TV Official

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This morning we told you that Boxee's media center app for Apple TV is going to support streaming TV from Hulu.

we just released a new alpha version of boxee that includes:
  • streaming TV shows, movies and clips from Hulu, CBS, Comedy Central and MySpaceTV (we integrated their players into boxee)
  • major changes to the UI
  • web interface to adding RSS feeds
  • improved performance
... and yes the new version is also available for Apple TV (click upgrade and its there).

Very cool. If you're using Boxee on your Apple TV, let us know what you think.

At the Boxee Blog

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Hulu Streaming Coming to Apple TV?

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There's a rumor out there that today Boxee's media center app for Apple TV is going to support streaming TV from Hulu. According to Mac Soda:

Alright everyone, listen up. Mac Soda has heard reliable word that Boxee is going to announce on Moday at CEA i-Stage that their popular media-center app, which is available for the Apple TV, is going to now support streaming videos from Hulu.com.

That's great news for Apple TV owners. We'll let you know if and when the info from Mac Soda is confirmed from Boxee.

At MacSoda.com

Apple TV at Amazon

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October 16, 2008

Verizon Now Offering HDTV Streaming Throughout the House in Limited Areas

verlogo.jpgOne of the greatest inventions ever has to be the DVR. In fact, it's totally changed the way we watch tv at home. One feature we've really been waiting for is the ability to stream DVR content to other DVR units throughout the house. While that service hasn't hit our area yet, it's now available to some lucky verizon customers. According to OneTRAK:

Verizon has launched a new version of its interactive media guide in Maryland and Virginia, which allows subscribers, among other attributes, to stream HD content from the main HD DVR to other HD sets throughout the home if the resident has whole home HD DVR service.

New features include:


  • Streaming of Recorded HD Video

  • New channel sorting options

  • "Wait for Me"

  • New widgets

  • "What's Hot on FiOS TV"

  • Fantasy Football

and much more.

If you're a Verizon customer in the service area, be sure to check out this great service.

At OneTRAK.com

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October 6, 2008

Netflix Streaming Coming to Mac?


A few days ago we told you that Netflix was now offering Starz content to "watch instantly". We also noticed at the Netflix blog, this cool little tidbit:

And, for all of you Mac users (of which I am one) we've been busy working getting a solution that will allow you to watch instantly on your Mac. So hang in there - we'll have something for you by the end of the year.

That's some great news for Mac users. We'll let you know when more details come in.

At Blog.Netflix.com

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October 3, 2008

Netflix Streaming Now Offering Starz Content On-Demand

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There's been a lot of talk about how there's just not enough quality content being offered by Netflix to watch on the Netflix player. Well, that's all changed instantly with the announcement that brings Starz content to Netflix. According to the press release:

LOS GATOS, Calif. and ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, and Starz Entertainment, LLC, a premium movie service provider operating in the U.S., today announced an agreement to make movies from Starz, through its "Starz Play" broadband subscription movie service, available to be streamed instantly at Netflix. Access to the Starz Play service at Netflix will be included with Netflix members' current monthly subscription fee.

The deal adds significantly to a growing library of over 12,000 choices of movies and TV episodes that can be watched instantly at Netflix. Netflix members who have unlimited subscription plans, which start at only $8.99 a month, will have full and unlimited access to approximately 2,500 additional movies and other choices from Starz Play as part of their current monthly subscription. That includes the opportunity to enjoy a live feed of the Starz TV network on their PCs and does not impact the number of DVDs members receive as part of their monthly plans.

The first of the Starz titles -- approximately 1,000 -- are available now at the Netflix Web site, where they are presented in a distinct area accessible by clicking on the "Watch Instantly" tab on the Netflix member home page. More titles will be added in the coming weeks.

Starz Play, Starz' collection of programming content for online distribution, features a wide variety of first-run hit movies, independent films and well-known movie classics, in addition to extreme sports, concerts, anime, Westerns and more. "Spider-Man™ 3," "Ratatouille," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "Superbad," "No Country for Old Men" and "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" highlight the movie offerings now available to be watched instantly. Starz Play also features new original content from Starz, including episodes of the upcoming dramatic series "Crash," from the producers of the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture "Crash," which remains the most-rented DVD in the history of Netflix.

Beginning today, Netflix and Starz Play will offer a sneak preview of the first full episode of "Crash" in advance of the Starz primetime premiere on October 17 at 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. "Crash" will remain a staple in the Starz Play programming mix and new episodes will debut day-and-date with new episode premieres.

How incredibly cool is that! We've looked and all the movies they claim are available are already showing up.

More at Netflix.com

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October 2, 2008

First Nero LiquidTV Unboxing Hits the Web

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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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September 29, 2008

LiquidTV - TiVo to Your PC Has Arrived!

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The day we've been waiting for (since have nothing better to do!). The wonderful TiVo interface is finally going to be available for your home-grown media center. Basically TiVo Inc. and Nero AG of Germany have announced software called LiquidTV that turns a Windows PC into a TiVo based TV recorder. According to the Wall Street Journal:

The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15, and includes a remote and a TV tuner that plugs into the PC. The interface on the computer screen looks just like the one on a TV equipped with a TiVo box.

It isn't the first software that allows TV recording on the PC. That has been possible for years on computers equipped with TV tuners, and some versions of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista operating system include the necessary software. But it will be the first time that both the TiVo interface and functions have been replicated on a PC.

It really sucks that Oct. 15 is still 2 weeks away. We'll definitely be standing in line for this one!

At WSJ.com

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September 24, 2008

Engadget Reviews the ZvBox from ZeeVee

We here at NAV recently gave you an unboxing of the ZvBox from ZeeVee. We're still working on a full review but we wanted to pass along Engadget's review. Overall, Engadget loves the technology but they wonder if consumers are ready to dish out the dough for it. According to the review:

So the question really comes down to how much are you willing to spend to eliminate the box next to your TV,without running extra wires through your house -- we suspect, not much? We are, however, really impressed with ZeeVee's technology and can imagine many similar devices that we would easily pay $500 for. Personally, we'd rather have a ZvBox with component and toslink input and a built in IR repeater so we could easily hide any STB we wanted in a remote closet, without running any wires in our house, but that's us. So the bottom line is that if the ZvBox is just what you've been looking for to watch Hulu on your HDTV, and you wouldn't even blink an eye at spending $500 to do it, then it's perfect, but the rest of us can keep waiting.

You'll want to read the full review and since we're working on our own, we won't comment on Engadget's review yet. We'll roll out our take of the ZvBox from ZeeVee soon.

At Engadget.com

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September 19, 2008

IMDb Now Offering Free Streaming Movies and TV Shows

imdb_streaming.jpgSince we here at NAV spend so much time on IMDB, it only seems logical to watch content from the site instead of just reading about it. Well now that's possible since IMDB is now offering downloads of over 6,000 movies and TV shows for free.

It looks like most of the content is coming from Hulu. We're off to catch some "T.J. Hooker" so be sure to check it out today.

At IMDb.com

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