August 13, 2007

Netgear Digital Entertainer HD Wins Big Award From Maximum PC

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Well it looks like one of our favorite media streamers on the market just got some major props from Maximum PC. The were given the "KICKASS" award in recognition of the EVA8000. We had reviewed the eva8000 awhile back and although we had some minor complaints we were overall happy with the update from the eva7000( which we thought was lacking ). We love that Netgear has stuck with the making media equipment and it looks like they are too now that they have been getting so much more recognition.

Most devices like the eva8000 are only known to geeks like us, but with more and more press like this we can only hope that Netgear and others start getting a lot more order :)

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August 9, 2007

Miglia TVMax+ for the AppleTV

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OK so anyone that has been reading our site knows that we have no real love for the AppleTV so it was a very welcome moment when we came across the Miglia TVMax+. This little device picks up where there AppleTV left off. One of the things we would have like to have seen with the AppleTV is the ability to use it as a PVR. It seemed to us to be a no-brainer, but the good people at Apple had other ideas.

Well the TVMax+ fits perfectly with your Apple universe. This device needs a separate Mac to help it with the recording and scheduling and as luck would have it it is the same dimensions as a Mac Mini! So once it is hooked up and recording from your TV you can send the recordings to iTunes which of course will then sync up with your AppleTV.

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So now you can have the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the ecosystem that Apple has provided as well as live outside of it and enjoy the world of recording live television and watching it on your AppleTV.

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August 7, 2007

ZyXel DMA-1000 Digital Media Theater

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Another contender in the complete streaming digital home theater is the DMA-1000 from ZyXel. It carries all the appropriate buzz words to land it in the same category with the likes of AppleTV, Mvix760HD and the Netgear EVA-8000, but after reading through their website and looking at a few reviews it seems that the people at ZyXel just whipped something together without a lot of thought and in the end aren't in the same league with those big boys.

So right off the bat the unit does not come with WiFi. This is a huge strike against it since most people don't have a network connection by their entertainment center. Strike two comes when we found out that it doesn't play DivX files. While this would seem a minor annoyance to some, we find it as a sign of a poor product. The popularity of the DivX encoder has been well established for many years so we are curious as to why they didn't add support for it.

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August 6, 2007

New Lanner NAS Server with Media Playing Capabilities

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Lanner is set to release a new NAS server to the market that should make a lot of people happy. With 4 bays that can handle SATA drives in either RAID 0,1 and 5 and with 750GB and 1TB drives not that uncommon these days you are looking at a very beefy storage system. Add to that the fact that it can be used as a media server and you might just have found what you are looking for if you need a central storage solution.

It seems that more and more people are realize just how frail hard drives are these days and the fact that they need a backup system for their home unless they don't mind losing their data every so often. We have had enough hard drives crash on us that we now have a dedicated backup server in the house so all of our movies, music and pictures are secure.

Here is the feature list from their site:

  • Marvel 88F5281 Processor : 30+ MBps read performance with minial power draw.
  • Large Storage Capacity : Four Serial ATA drives
  • RAID Data Protection : RAID 0, 1, 5 and JBOD
  • DHCP and FTP Server : Easy network integration
  • UPnP AV and iTunes Server : Stream music directly to iTunes or network media device
  • OS Support : Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Linux and Mac OS X
  • System backup and restore : Optional software package for business orientated clients

If you don't already have a storage solution and/or you are looking for a way to serve up media to your network without having your main computer on all the time this might work out perfectly for you.

No word on when it will be released, but we will keep you posted when it does.

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August 3, 2007

Review of the Neuros OSD DVR and Streaming Appliance

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The Neuros OSD is a very cool product that should make a lot of people turn their heads. This is the next generation media streamer we have been thinking about for a long time. The Neuros OSD is a very slick looking media streamer that aims to do it all.

The OSD has some very interesting features we haven't seen in other media streamers we have reviewed. For one you can hook up a DVD player to it and stream the output to a bunch of different devices around the house or around the Internet. Usually network streamers only can push content stored on your computer or cable box, the fact that this can do it straight from your DVD player is a very nice addition.

Just check out the other options for streaming and recording, very impressive.

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August 2, 2007

PS3 to add DVR ability early next year

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So it looks like Sony has decided to update its PS3 console to add a DVR component to it. Sony has been loosing the console battle this round and it looks like they are going to try everything they can to either match or one-up their competition. While both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 can both stream content around the house it seems that Sony is trying to add the DVR ability to try and separate itself from the pack.

The only problem with any of these consoles that try and be a DVR is the limited amount of storage space they come with. If you want to recored HD content you can't survive with anything less then a 500GB drive. Well you could, but you would have to constantly be deleting content off the device to ensure that you didn't run out of storage every day.

So far nothing has been confirmed completely, but it looks promising so far.
We will keep you posted on any future developments.

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July 31, 2007

GejBox may have been launched

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Well looks like a lot of things have been happening over at the DivX headquarters recently. Awhile back we reported about a video streaming device that they were working on. Well it looks like they rebranded it and released it to the the rest of the world.

Now called 'DivX Connected' this device still seems to be more of a concept box then anything that will actually go into full production. It can stream content from any connected machine as well as play videos from Google Video, Stage6 and hook into ShoutCast's internet radio service.

We will keep our eyes on this one and see what materializes out of it. This could be something very interesting and something that can further the DivX codec. Stay tuned.

via engadget
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July 30, 2007

D-Link DSM-520 High-Definition Media Player Adds Active-TV Technology

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D-Link is about to add support for YouTube in their flagship media streamer, the DSM-520. Having looked at the evolution of network streaming devices and seeing what other companies have done with their solutions D-Link has decided to throw their weight behind letting users watch any video on the web via their MediaLounge player.

This is a great decision and one we are sure will be met with a lot of praise. The sheer volume of online videos is astounding and now having a device that will be able to play back a large chunk of them and do it from your living room instead of your computer desk is a great step.

With AppleTV allowing users to browse YouTube and now D-Link taking it a step further we can only imagine that the flood gates are now opened. We can only assume that the rest of this year and beyond will be met with devices that add the web video streaming ability to their array of options.

Looks like we'll have to add a new category to the site soon :)

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July 28, 2007

AppleTV finally has a good use for its USB port

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It seems someone has finally been able to do a useful hack involving the AppleTV's USB port. When Apple announced the AppleTV and all of its features one of the things that had people scratching their heads was the inclusion of the USB port. Why include a port on the back of the device if it isn't to be used.

Well there have been a bunch of hacks to let people use the USB port, but until now you couldn't use it as the source for all of your media. Out of the box Apple makes you use a PC with iTunes as the source for your content. Now with this latest hack that obstacle has been removed.

Now you can plug an external USB hard drive into the back of the AppleTV and stream all of your favorite content. Of course you are still stuck with using Apple approved content only, but hey, its a start right.

We love the amount of cool hacks coming out for the AppleTV and we can't wait to see what is done next. Who knows, maybe someone will figure out a way to stream ANY content they want to the AppleTV. Hey we can dream right!

When we get more details about this we will be sure to post them.

via Engadget

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July 27, 2007

Sony VAIO LF-V30 LocationFree Base Station

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Sony has a new video streaming device in the works, this one dubbed the LF-V30 LocationFree Base Station. Sony has started a major push with their idea of location free TV. It seems that they are going straight after companies like Sling Media and Monsoon.

The one thing that Sony has that the other companies in the space don't is a computer division. Sony has started shipping all of their computers with the LocationFree software pre-installed. This is a huge step up for Sony in that anyone that has a Sony computer and then buys one of these LocationFree devices has all the necessary software already installed.

One of the hardest things we have found with so many of these network streamers is the server software setup. Often times there are a lot of complications in the installation of the software which leads to many peoples sour experience in what otherwise would have been a great product.

So what can the LF-V30 actual do you ask?[From Sony press release]

  • Component input/output capability so users can watch high-definition content (converts into QVGA in standard definition)
  • Wireless/ Client Mode so you can stream video from the Base Station directly to your PC or through a wireless router without an Ethernet cable
  • Consistent picture quality with approximately 20 percent less Internet bandwidth required to stream video
  • Improved on-screen user graphics including remote control GUIs from major DVR service providers
  • Easier set-up including an improved quick start guide and wizard

We are very interested in how these products will not only work, but how they will be adopted by the general public. Will people with new Sony computers be compelled to buy the LocationFree network products because of how simple the connection between the two will be, a-la Apple?. Only time will tell.

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