March 30, 2008

D-Link DSM-750 Finally Shipping

Well after a lot of waiting the DSM-750 from D-Link is finally shipping. This was announced awhile ago and those of you waiting for the latest media center extender can finally have your wish and own the newest extender on the market. The 750 sports the fancy new 802.11N wireless protocol so streaming hi-def content won't be a problem. We did read though that you can only expect to get 1080i via the HDMI cables so that is a bummer. The 750 can be used in one of two ways. Either acting as an extender for your Windows Media Center or as a standalone D-Link MediaLounge player. They have reduced the price down to $329.99 from $349.99 that they originally announced. It supports the usually bevy of media formats and should cover just about everything you could want( sorry, no FLAC ).

If you are in the market for a media extender to add to your new fancy Media Center PC then this might be a great addition. Covers the basics and adds ultra fast wireless N speeds. There are a lot of cool things you can do with these media extenders and we have definitely seen an upsurge in the amount that are getting produced. If anyone has been using one of these we would love to hear from you. Everyone has different needs and tastes and we want to hear what you think about media extenders in general.

via ehomeupgrade

Grab one from Amazon.
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March 28, 2008

Hauppauge Jumping on the DivX Connected Platform Bandwagon

Hauppauge, one of the biggest players in TV capture cards and all things video, has an agreement with the people over at DivX, Inc to create a new device based on the DivX Connected Platform. Currently only the D-Link DSM-330 has the Connected Platform installed so this is a very good sign for the future of the Connected Platform. We love what the guys at DivX have created and we are excited to see this getting added to another device. The DivX Connected Platform was designed so that people could extend it by writing plug-ins for it, thus keeping it constantly fresh and new. There is a very vibrant user community already in place creating great content to add to the Connected Platform. In our testing with the DSM-330 we have been very impressed with just how well thought out the whole system is. We have reviewed more devices then we can count and this is one of the few that had us saying wow on a regular basis.

We are interested in seeing what video veterans like Hauppauge can do with this. There is no info on when this device will see the light of day, but since the announcement just came out we would assume it will be a while, maybe CES 2009. For now the DSM-330 is the only place you will be able to find the DivX Connected Platform running in a device. If you want to play around with it you can download a standalone client/server setup here.

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March 27, 2008

Tekkeon NavDock: TV Integration for your iPod

The NavDock from Tekkeon is an iPod extender that allows you to use the supplied remote control to view the contents of your iPod on your TV. They have re-skinned the OS so it works with their remote and looks OK on a TV. You can listen to your music and watch your videos off of your iPod all from the comfort of your couch. These types of systems are great for people that carry around their entire media library on their iPod. This way you get home, plunk it down in the dock, and you can now access all of your media via your TV. The only real problem we can find with this is that it doesn't upscale your content so you will have to deal with watching your videos in the same crappy resolution you used to jam them onto the iPod. If it upscaled then we would be talking about a killer iPod accessory that everyone should own.

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March 24, 2008

Myka Media Streamer Adds BitTorrent to the Mix

There has been a flood of new streamers from companies we have never heard of lately and we have mixed feelings. On the one hand it is great that so many people are jumping into the media streaming world. The more competition in the space the better. On the other hand, for every great product that is released there are ten others that are pretty crappy and it can be hard for someone thinking of buying their first media streamer to know what is the right device to get. Now that we got that off of our chest we can talk about this new product we just came across: the Myka media streamer. This guy has the form factor of a Mac Mini and the specs of a pretty bad ass little streamer. The main draw of the Myka is the fact that it has BitTorrent built right into the device. This isn't being billed as an extra, but rather the main reason to own the Myka. This box seems to ditch the traditional idea of a media streamer and put all of its eggs in the BitTorrent basket.

Looking over their site the seem to have some grand plans for this device. They say that they are in talks with a bunch of major studios and television networks so that you can use the Mkya as your one stop destination to download all of your favorite movies and shows. They are going directly up against AppleTV and they admit it. They are touting that the fact that they are open will allow them to make a better streamer and ultimately a better experience for the viewer. While we love the idea of companies opening up their devices so that we can all tinker with them we can't see any studio signing on unless they have strict assurances that their content won't just be pirated off the box. The reason studios sign up with Apple is because they have a decent security system set up so that it is very difficult for people to take the content out of iTunes and share it with everyone.

This is set to release this Summer so you can bet that we will be all over it when it comes out. If we here anymore info about this we'll update you. Check out after the jump for different connection options and supported formats. ArrowContinue reading: "Myka Media Streamer Adds BitTorrent to the Mix"

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March 21, 2008

AirLive AirMedia 3000 Internet Video Streamer

So here is an interesting device. The AirLive AirMedia 3000 is a device that will allow you to view all kinds of Internet videos on your TV. They have figured out a way to ditch the interface that hampers so many of these devices that just scrape the video from the web and are able to play the raw flash movies sans interface. To be honest we don't see the appeal of this. The guys over at Engadget hit the nail on the head with this choice quote: "chalk it up as one of the easier ways to watch dogs ride skateboards on your TV". Currently there is very little quality content on the web that you would want to stream, but if you are into browsing YouTube videos incessantly then you may be interested in checking this guy out.

We reviewed a media streaming hard drive from these guys awhile back; you can check it out here.

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March 20, 2008

D-Link's DPG-1200 PC on TV Media Player

D-Link's soon to be released DPG-1200 takes an interesting approach to media streaming. Instead of building a device that has the ability to play all the different formats and having to deal with the development of such a complex device, they have opted for the pass the buck approach. They claim that you will be able to stream anything that you can see on your PC. There are no images of the interface so we aren't sure how this exactly works. For connection options they offer standard Ethernet or 802.11g( with WPA/WPA2 support ). There is no HDMI option sadly, but they do offer Component and Composite for the video connection. It ships with a very cool remote that has a trackball on it so you can control your PC with the remote. This would seem like just screen sharing to us and we aren't sure how this would look or work, but it they do it right it could be very cool. One of our biggest complaints about photo streamers has always been the poor implementations that most of them have. If you can just use your PC's resources on the TV you can have access to a bunch of software that can handle photos in a much more elegant way.

This is not yet available, but we would be very interested in seeing how it works. If the price is right this could be a great option for people wanting to watch Internet videos or look at photos from their latest trip on their big TV. As always we'll try to find out more and keep you posted.
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March 19, 2008

Inteset Vana VA6420-Si Media Extender Says Bye to HD DVD

Now that the format war is over, Inteset is releasing a new media extender that comes only with Blu-ray and ditching its old idea of a having both formats on the box. This is basically a PC that comes includes a remote and keyboard and acts as the hub for your entertainment center. It comes with a beefy 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo processor and a whopping 2GB of RAM. Those specs are a lot better then most peoples home computer. This will be able to grab your content from just about anywhere on your network and stream it to your TV over either DVI or HDMI. There is also room for a CableCARD if you need it. They don't list a price, but we have to agree with the people over at engadgetHD that this is going to be pricey. They will be offering a smaller version of this that we would hope is cheaper. They are located a few towns away from us so we will see if we can get some more information out of them as their press release is kinda light on the fine details. Stay tuned.

via engadgetHD

Press release here
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March 15, 2008

TVMini HD Express Lets You Enjoy Your TV on Your Mac

The TVMini HD Express is a cool little product that we just stumbled upon. This little device hooks up to your cable feed and will let you enjoy TV via your Mac. With all the features you have come to expect from a PVR like pause, rewind and record, the TVMini seems like a sweet little product for the Mac readers out there. With the built in record function you can record all of your favorite shows to your mac to watch whenever you have time. Devices like these are becoming more common as companies realize that people want to be able to take their TV on the road with them. The TVMini will save in a format that will let you play it back via iTunes so you will not need to install any other software other then the basic Tube software that it ships with. With its small size we can see this become a very popular device for people that use their Mac as their primary TV interface. My brother-in-law( hi Clint ) has a similar setup where he has a LCD mounted on the wall hooked up to his Mac Mini. He then watches all of his TV via iTunes. So a device like this would be perfect for his setup since it would allow him to schedule recordings and not have to buy everything from iTunes. It seems like it is only available in the UK, but we will keep digging. TVMiniExpress_Back.jpg
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March 14, 2008

Ziovia C615 HD Network Media Streamer Is Coming

In going over some saved articles we had lying around we found a gem that the good people over at Gizmodo had reported on a few months back. The C615 is the newest creation out of the Ziovia labs and from the Gizmodo report it looks like it keeps up with the high standards that their previous products had set. We had reported on the CS505 awhile back and where extremely impressed with what we saw. The new C615 takes their products to the next level with a new design and a new approach. In the past most of their products included a DVD drive so you could not only use it as your media streamer, but also as your everyday DVD player. Well the new 615 moves away from that and becomes more of a true streamer by ditching its DVD player and relying completely on network content.

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March 11, 2008

Sling Media Slingbox Solo Arrives for Review

We've just received the Sling Media Slingbox SOLO to review. Why are we excited? How about SD and HD all in one little box, with a new improved user interface and setup over the older Slingbox we've reviewed. We can tell you right now, besides a few issues setting up the ports on our network to watch TV remotely, the Slingbox Solo has been really easy to set up. We have it currently hooked up to our monster 500gig TIVO Series 1 (yes - Series 1), and find ourselves remote scheduling a ton of things because we can now access the device with the TV off. Very cool. We'll have a full review soon.
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