May 2, 2008

Popcorn Hour A-100 Available For Public Pre-Order


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We recently got an email from our friends over at Popcorn Hour letting us know that they have opened up their ordering system to everyone. For a long time you were only able to buy a Popcorn Hour A-100 by signing up as a member and getting on their wait list. In the past this wait list was months long. Well it looks like they have been able to ramp up their manufacturing process and have enough devices to open up the ordering to everyone. It will still be a first come first serve system, so the sooner your pre-order the quicker you will receive your Popcorn Hour streamer.

We have had our Popcorn Hour A-100 in the office for awhile now and we have been really digging it. Of course it is not without its flaws, but it is one of the top streamers on the market today. And for $179 it is a total bargain. You would be hard pressed to find a HD( 1080p ) media streamer out there for under $200. So If you are in need of a new media streamer and you want to be able to stream true HD, stream over NFS and have a device from a company that is devoted to constantly improving their product, then this is the box for you. Like we said, for $179 it is a no brainer.

You can read all of our coverage of the Popcorn Hour A-100 Media Streamer here.
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April 28, 2008

MediaGate HD MG-450HD Now Available For Purchase


MediaGate_450HD.jpg We had reported earlier about the new streamer from MediaGate and our thoughts on it were mixed. While it did offer a lot of nice features we thought it lacked a lot of polish. Also the stock image they were using to promote the device did not have an HDMI input on it, but they were talking a big game about HDMI so that really confused us. We said that we would update you when we got more info about the release date of the MG-450HD so here we are letting you know that they are officially being sold so if you want to grab one you can click here. We are going to try and see about getting one in the office and see how it preforms. We'll be sure to let you know what we find out.

available at Amazon.
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April 23, 2008

D-Link MediaLounge DPG-1200 Media Streamer Now Shipping


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After a fairly long lead up the DPG-1200 is finally available for purchase. This streamer will not only allow you to stream your media content from your PC to your TV but also allow you to bring all the 'great' video content on the web right to your living room. You will be able to browse all of the big video sites on the web and view them via the DPG-1200 on your TV. This will connect to your home network using its wireless connection( WPA2 thankfully ) and can connect to your TV via Component, Composite or VGA. You can check out all of their other specs here. The list price is $239.99 and we are working on getting one in our offices to give it a run through to see if it is something you guys might like. If you have any questions about this device let us know and we will do the best to answer them or track down the answers from D-Link.

via engadget
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April 22, 2008

Vudo Updates its Box to Version 1.2 and Offers 60 More HD Movies


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OK fine, we are like 2 months late on the news, but we really haven't been covering the Vudu box since we weren't really sure where we thought it stood. Is it a media streamer or just a box that allows you to watch DRM movies from the web. In the end we realized that we were splitting hairs and that we had been avoiding it because we thought it another proprietary device designed to lock you into a company's ecosystem and not let the user have the freedom that we think they deserve. That being said, it is still a box that streams movies to your TV so therefore we figured it was about time to add some more coverage to it. You can expect to start seeing more Vudu articles as news becomes available. The news that we are so late in bringing you is that Vudu has released version 1.2 of its software, which among other things adds 60 new HD movies to its lineup. Other add-ons will include:
Instant HD, (an indicator that alerts the user broadband speeds are high enough for HD content downloads); speed limit adjustment control, (user definable bandwidth limits and recommendations based on the imposed limit) and a constant audio setting for high-end audio equipment compatibility.
With prices ranging from $3.99 to $5.99 this actually might be something your average joe may use. We will need to dig deeper and check out what the interface looks like and how it flows. Nothing can kill an cool product quicker then a poorly designed UI. Keep an eye out for more Vudu based articles in the future and if anyone has one of these or has any hands on experience with one we would love to hear from you.

via our sister site tvsnob

Available at Amazon
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April 17, 2008

NEC set to release a bunch of very interesting portable media streamers in Japan


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OK so forgive us if the details of this post are a little sparse, but we stumbled across this article that really peaked our interest. NEC is launching a few new products in Japan this month and one of them in particular looked really cool and we thought you might be interested. The Lui RP is a hand held device that sports a full QWERTY keyboard, sliding four inch screen and the ability to stream content from your network. Normally we have been seeing devices that stream to your TV, but this little guy will let you sit anywhere within range of your network and view any of your media. There is very little on the way of detailed information regarding specifications so this is really all we've got. They will also be launching a small notebook( 10.6 inch screen ) and full fledge desktop to round out this new Lui Media Streaming line of devices. If we can get our hands on any more info then this we'll post an update. So once again, let us all drool and wish we lived in Japan: home to some of the worlds best gadgets.

via mymce
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April 16, 2008

Streaming Networks iRecord Pro Fills Your PMP with Videos on the go


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We had reported on the first generation of the iRecord back in April of last year and now it looks like the good people over at Streaming Networks have released a successor: the iRecord Pro. This is a similar device to the first generation, but adds better quality and more recording options.
The new Pro version also allows you to record in full D1 quality allowing for even better images on your portable device. Actually you might be hard pressed to find a PMP that can play video at D1 resolution( 720x480 ).

The iRecord Pro works with both PCs and Macs and connects via USB. The device will let you convert MPEG-2 files to the H.264/AVC format. The list price for this little sucker is $259.95 which may seem steep, but if you are a person always on the go and you rely on your PMP for your video fix this could be the perfect setup for you. Get all your content formated perfectly and in high quality for your PMP of choice. They are saying this will be released Q2 this year( which technically means any day now ). Here is the site you can check to see when it is released: iRecord.com
via engadget
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April 14, 2008

Hauppauge HD-PVR is Released Earlier then Thought. Get One NOW


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We had reported earlier this month that Hauppauge was about to unleash their sweet new HD PVR product, the one that so many people have been dying to get their hands on. Well xmas has come early this year and it has been released about a month ahead of schedule. If you have been dying for a device to record High Definition video off your TV via Component cables then look no further. This seems to have all you could want. Check out the feature list from their site:

Features
    Built-in hardware H.264 high definition encoder, for high performance, high quality TV recordings
  • Component video input from most high definition cable TV and satellite TV receivers. Optical or stereo audio inputs.
  • Record high definition video at up to 1080i resolution, 720p or VGA/D1
  • Record at datarates from 1Mbs to 13.5Mbs, constant and Variable Bit Rate
  • Blu-ray format AVCHD recordings, so you can burn your TV recordings onto a standard DVD disk (up to 2 hours of video at 5MBits/sec) and playback on Blu-ray DVD players
  • Includes HD software video player, so you can playback recordings to your PC screen
  • Audio / Video component video loop through to allow HD recording and viewing at the same time
  • High Performance Noise Reduction Function
  • NTSC,PAL and SECAM Support
  • IR receiver for remote control
  • IR Blaster to change the TV channels in your set top box
What are you waiting for, grab one and start recording!!
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April 10, 2008

IOGEAR Portable Media Storage Unit: Take your Media With You


iogear-hd-pmp.jpg IOGEAR has released a pretty cool little product called, what else, the Portable Media Player. This is basically a slimline hard drive attached to a video out unit allowing Component or Composite connectors for hooking up to your TV. The Component cables will allow you to upconvert to 720p if you have a HDTV. We love these types of products here at NAV, a small device to take your media with you. Going on vacation somewhere that has a TV and you want to watch your movies? Take this with you, hook it up and feel like you never left home( although that kind of defeats the purpose of a vacation, but nevermind that ). We think it is just cool to be able to walk around with a 120GB disk full of your media, plug it into a TV or stereo and enjoy it without having to lug around a bunch of discs. It comes with a remote control so you can control everything from your couch. To get content onto the device you hook it up to your PC and transfer data via USB 2.0. This is very PC centric so you Mac and Linux folks out there you may want to pass on this. Check out after the jump for the supported codecs/protocols.

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April 5, 2008

Hauppauge HD-PVR To Debut at the End of May 2008


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Hauppauge is never one to shy away from pushing their product line further out and trying to grab a larger share of the video capture market and the new HD-PVR is a great example. This device will capture 1080i video from a component source and do real-time encoding to H.264. People have been wanting a device like this for a long time and by reading the boards you can see that just about everyone is lining up to buy one. So basically if you can grab component out from your TV you can start to record all the video you want with none of that DRM crap that you have to with the proprietary PVR's currently on the market.

We haven't found the link yet, but they are suppose to be taking pre-orders for this already with the price point at $250. If anyone finds the page or has a pre-order already in let us know. We want to grab one ourselves so we would be very interested in any tidbit of knowledge. And as always, as more info about this becomes available we will update you.

via engadget
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April 3, 2008

Buffalo LinkTheater HD Media Streamer Available in the US


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Buffalo, makers of all kinds of storage products has slowly been getting into the home media streaming market and just announced that they are bringing the LinkTheater HD to the States. We had covered one of their earlier products, the LinkThearter DVD, and from what we had read it wasn't a top notch streamer. Well they have been in the shop and have come up with what seems to be a great little product. The LinkTheater HD supports 720p and 1080i via HDMI. Because of some weird lawsuit they can only bring the wired version of the device to the US, the wireless version is staying in Japan. There is a USB port on the back so you can hook up an external hard drive to stream off of or just stream from a computer that is on your network via the Ethernet port. It supports a decent amount of formats, check it out after the jump.
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