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1080p Android Set-top Boxes are coming

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 29th, 2009

1080p Android Set-top Boxes are comingMIPS Technologies along with Sigma Designs demonstrated an Android-based set-top box that is capable of 1080p video. It’s being hailed as “a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform” that will allow Android-based devices to enter your living room.

They’ve made enhancements to Android libraries and the MIPS architecture so that the OS can run on a full-sized display at HD resolutions, rather than small handset displays. The specific Sigma SoC (system-on-chip) used for the prototype is unknown, but it may be the SMP8640-series chip already used in Blu-ray players and other video devices.

FyreTV gets its wireless streaming porn box on

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on January 9th, 2009

BoXXX

FyreTV, which first got noticed at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, kicked off its porn streaming to your home media room via wireless IPTV set-top box service at this year’s CES. The box itself is called, suggestively enough, the BoXXX.

The BoXXX comes with the service, which has a starting price of around $10 a month. For that virtual equivalent to a roll of $1 bills you get access to “streaming DVD quality adult content.” The pay-for options look to be ala cart though, unless you purchase one of the all you can view porn packages (you do get some FyreCredits as part of the service). Otherwise you pay something called 1 FyreCredit roughly per minute of adult entertainment, though this seems to vary depending upon the particular adult production studio content you are watching.

Vudu joins the adult content world

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on August 5th, 2008

Vudu

Remember Vudu? That set top box striving to bring you lots and lots of video content over the Internet? You can now add porn to the list – welcome the AVN Media Network to the Vudu line up.

AVN said it is launching the AVN Adult Channel, which will offer “hundreds of the latest standard and high-definition titles from the leading adult studios including Wicked, Vivid, Hustler, and many others.” Though it plans to offer free access to the upcoming 2008 AVN Adult Movie Awards, you’ll have to otherwise pay for your porn to the tune of standard definition movies at around $7 rental/$20 purchase and HD movies at $9 rental/$30 purchase.

New ZeeVee ZvBox brings your PC content to HDTVs

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on August 4th, 2008

ZeeVee ZvBox Zv-100

Another consumer electronic box striding to bridge the gap between your PC and home entertainment system is now heading to retail. The new ZeeVee ZvBox Zv-100 is priced at around $500.

The ZeeVee ZvBox Zv-100 is designed to bring video content and other data from online or on a computer to the HDTVs around one’s home. The basic gist of it is that, according to ZeeVee, you connect to the monitor output of the computer, turning your “computer screen into a new high- definition TV channel called Zv, which it then ‘localcasts’ across the existing coaxial cable wiring to all the HDTVs in the home.”

Kodak unveils HD media player for home theatre

Posted in Media Players by Nino Marchetti on July 10th, 2008

Kodak Theatre HD Player

Kodak surfaced today in the set-top box, media player space by unveiling its take on such a device. It is called the Kodak Theatre HD Player and pricing is said to be around $300.

The Kodak Theatre HD Player, like similar products, is designed to bring digital media content from your PC and other sources to your home media room. It offers high resolution as a viewing option, with still images shown at a 16:9 Aspect Ratio and videos at 720p. Connectivity is either wired or wireless.

New D-Link media player is DivX Connected… yippee?

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on July 9th, 2008

D-Link MediaLounge DSM-330

D-Link said today it is ready to debut its first “DivX Connected” device in the United States. It is called the D-Link MediaLounge DSM-330 and pricing is set around $300.

The D-Link MediaLounge DSM-330 is a high definition media set-top player which uses DivX Connected as “a  powerful, open media platform that allows consumers to experience and control PC-based digital media on their television using a remote control.” This device, like similar players, lets one stream digital media content from a PC to a television.

Zenith adds new digital converter box to line up

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on July 8th, 2008

Zenith DTT901

Chances are if you pay any shred of attention to tech news (and by reading this blog you do) lately you know about that analog to digital television switch happening in Feb. 2009. A number of companies are selling converter boxes to help the most basic of television users, with a new set top box just debuting from Zenith.

The Zenith DTT901, priced at around $60 before that $40 government coupon for digital upgrading, includes analog pass-through for picking up low-power TV stations such as community access channels. Zenith says this box is no larger than a hardback book.

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FyreTV streams porn to your living room

Posted in Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

fyre.jpgAnyone who attends CES knows that at the same time this big trade show is going on another entertainment event – the Adult Entertainment Expo – is going on at the same time nearby. It seems a piece of technology being shown off at that event this year drew quite some interest – a porn on demand set top box for the home called FyreTV.

We kid you not – check out this AP story. You can get a link at the end of this post to the FyreTV Web site. You’ll have to register your age to view the site, so don’t expect to see Disney content.

New D-Link device acts as Windows Media Extender

Posted in D-Link,Set Top Boxes by Nino Marchetti on September 27th, 2007

D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge Media PlayerD-Link today unveiled its latest wireless media player device which can double as an Extender for Windows Media Center from Microsoft. The D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge Media Player is priced at around $350 and should be available in November.

The D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge Media Player first and foremost is touted as being a Windows Media Center Extender, meaning it can be used to wirelessly stream media from a host PC running Windows Vista with Windows Media Center Extender technology to a device attached to the player. It also offers features like silent operation and a TV user interface for browsing and selecting digital content for playback.