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Vulkano Flow now available

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2011

If you spend a lot of time traveling, this device could be your new best friend. It will help you keep up with your favorite shows while you are away. The Vulkano Flow is a set-top box that will let you beam your own personal TV programs from home anywhere in the world.

It’s as if Scotty from Star Trek is running your very own TV station and beaming stuff your way. The device is now available to purchase online and in some retail stores. The device can place shift TV shows to your smartphone, Android tablet, iPad, or PC and you can pause, fast forward, and rewind live TV. You can also mark some channels as favorites so you can find them quicker.

Veebeam streams media to your TV via Wi-Fi

Posted in Media Streamers by Conner Flynn on January 19th, 2011

Veebeam HD will provide an easy solution for streaming your PC display directly to your TV via Wi-Fi. You can enjoy 1080p or 480i PC display mirroring and video “play-to” support to your HDTV via the Veebeam wireless HDMI receiver.

The Veebeam creates a point-to-point, 150Mb/s wireless connection between the USB Antenna and the receiver, so you can stream media without using your home network, and therefore not bottleneck it for other users.

Olive Media O3HD Music Server

Posted in Media Servers by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2010

If you have a lot of music CDs, then the Olive Media O3HD is for you. It’s priced at $999 and will store all of your favorite music files. All you need to do is rip all of your CDs to the system, storing them in the .flac media format for playback at over 24-bit DAC.

Some features include a color touchscreen display in front, internet radio, a free iPhone/iPad controller application and a Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity.

Google Set-Top Box coming soon

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on March 18th, 2010

You knew that Google was looking to take over your living room at some point and the NYTimes has the details on Google TV, a platform to deliver web content to Android-based set-top boxes and TVs through partnerships with Sony, Intel, and Logitech.

Google hopes that the platform can succeed where many others have failed to seamlessly integrate web content onto TVs, bringing services like Twitter and sites like YouTube, and of course games, webapps, and more.

Nanobrick’s Miyoul Media Frames store photos on individual OLED screens

Posted in Digital Photo Frames by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2010

Forget regular old Digital Picture Frames. Nanobrick has created 11 media frame models that you can customize with your photos. Each of them has several OLED screens that measure either 3.3-inches or 4.1-inches.

Problem is that each model costs around $100,000. It would be cheaper to make one yourself. If you can afford one maybe you can display pictures of money burning and people getting hit in the nads with baseballs, because that’s how you will feel after your purchase.

USB Inserts for advertising

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2009

USB Inserts for advertisingThis is either a great idea or a bad idea. It’s hard to say which. That depends on how you feel about being assaulted by these when you open a magazine and find one of these paper-thin USB key ads. Mind you, that’s along with those paper re-subscribe slips and perfume pages.

But it is a neat concept. They can be made to order, are super slim, and can fit in small places. But chances are you won’t be interested enough in any ad content to actually load up what’s on it. At least I wouldn’t be motivated.

USB TV Card Player

Posted in USB by Conner Flynn on November 16th, 2009

USB TV Card PlayerYour living room still not connected enough for ya? If you answered no, then meet the USB TV Card Player. For $53.99, it allows you to check out all of your favorite digital photos and movies on your TV without the need of any expensive and complicated equipment.

It will read all of your favorite movies from SD, MMC or Memory Stick memory card. Or shove a USB flash drive in it that and you are ready to go. It will do video, plus lots of popular audio formats.

Boxee Box coming soon

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Conner Flynn on November 12th, 2009

Boxee Box coming soonBoxee is coming. And I don’t mean that kind from the original Battlestar Galactica. I mean the home theater PC software that makes watching streaming downloaded media on your TV easy. Mac Mini fans like it since it can be installed right on top of OS X. That’s because you need a computer in your living room to run it.

But it won’t be that way forever. Boxee just announced a deal with a hardware partner to release a Boxee Box for your living room sometime next year. So instead of buying a computer just for the Boxee, you’ll have a device designed specifically for your Boxee-related home theater use.

Cisco’s FlipShareTV

Posted in Cisco by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2009

Cisco's FlipShareTVCisco just announced FlipShareTV, although we don’t have some very important info, like the release date and pricing information. All we have is a brief explanation of how it works. Apparently previously recorded video, accessed on a computer via FlipShare software, is then wirelessly streamed with the FlipShareTV USB stick to the small FlipShareTV box and controlled via remote.

It’s odd because it uses these three items to perform a somewhat basic task by today’s standards. There may be more to this device, but if there is they aren’t sharing.

Netgear Digital Entertainer Live Streams PC Media to your TV

Posted in Netgear by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2009

Netgear Digital Entertainer Live Streams PC Media to your TVNetgear’s Digital Entertainer EVA2000 is perfect for those who don’t have a home theater PC or a networked console. The device will stream all of your PC media onto your TV. It connects to the TV via HDMI/composite and to your router via ethernet and it will stream a bunch of codecs from your PC or networked storage, as well as load media from a USB drive or stream YouTube from the web.

There is a catch of course. You need to purchase PlayOn for $40 if you want to stream video services like Hulu, Netflix and CBS from a computer. That takes the price from $150 for the Netgear Digital Entertainer up to $190.

Digital Cowboy releases Movie Cowboy

Posted in Media Players by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Digital Cowboy releases Movie CowboyDigital Cowboy just rustled up its latest multimedia player called Movie Cowboy. Yee-Haw. This device can double as a NAS, which is convenient. The Movie Cowboy can stream all High Definition and Standard Definition content onto most modern TVs through the magic of an HDMI output.

It also includes a USB port, two USB hosts and composite output, so it can reproduce MPEG2 HD(ts,tp,trp), MPEG-1/2, Xvid, DAT, ISO, VOB, IFO, MKV(x.264), H.264, WMV9, ASF, MOV, RMVB, FLV, MP4, MotionJPEG video files, alongside MP3, AAC, OGG, AC3, DTS, MPEG1/2 Layer 1/2/3(MP3), MPEG2-2BC, MPEG-2/4 ACC-LG, WMA9(Pro) and FLAC audio files.

iRiver M7 NV Classic

Posted in iRiver by Conner Flynn on June 9th, 2009

iRiver M7 NV ClassicThe iRiver M7 aka the NV Classic will feature updates to the original NV. This 181 x 120 x 21.5 device features SiRF GRF3i+ GPS, an SDHC slot for maps, a pair of 1.5-watt speakers for turn-by-turn audio, and a big 7-inch 800×480 touchscreen TFT LCD to show you the way.

Some other features include DMB digital television, support for MPEG1, MPEG4, WMV9, and XVID video, MP3, WMA, OGG, and WAV audio, JPEG and BMP images, and a bundled 4GB SDHC card for storage.

LaCie’s LaCinema HD Media Streamers play and record

Posted in LaCie by Conner Flynn on June 3rd, 2009

LaCie's LaCinema HD Media Streamers play and recordLaCie just updated their LaCinema HD media streamer lineup with the new Play and Record models. The former can playback media while the latter can also function as an HD DVR. Both are wireless and can stream 1080p media from the network to your TV and upscale standard def movies to 1080i.

They come with either 500GB or 1TB of internal storage. The Record has added DVR capability for anyone looking to get rid of the set top box entirely. Looks like prices will start at $430.

LaCie’s LaCinema Rugged HDD now available in the states

Posted in LaCie by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

LaCie’s LaCinema Rugged HDDLaCie’s LaCinema Rugged was announced late last month for those across the ocean, which left us Americans wondering if we would ever get to see it here in the US. Sure enough, here it is, in time for the holidays. LaCie has announced US pricing and availability for the bulked up multimedia drive, and you can get one right now starting at $199.99.

Sizes include 250GB, 320GB and 500GB. It’s rugged in name and rubberized build. Great for the media enthusiast who plans to throw their gear around the room and do all kinds of crazy “Will it still work” tests.

Western Digital intros WD TV HD Media Player

Posted in Western Digital by Conner Flynn on November 2nd, 2008

Western Digital intros WD TV HD Media PlayerLooks like Western Digital has entered the world of HD media streaming. The WD TV HD Media Player is said to “turn your USB drive into an HD media player, allowing you to watch your favorite HD movies on your TV.” So, basically it lets you plug in a USB hard drive and play multimedia clips up to 1080p on your HDTV via HDMI/composite outputs. Comes with a remote control and browsing software. The small 1.6- x 4.9- x 3.9-inch box is pretty portable and the $129.99 price doesn’t hurt too much.

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