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Software Networks PS2 Consoles With Computer Entertainment

30 Jul, 2002 By: Hive News

Software development company BroadQ LLC today announced QCast Tuner software, which lets users turn Sony PlayStation 2 consoles into digital media centers with remote access to computer-based music, video, images or other digital content on home entertainment systems.

"There is a nearly infinite supply of digital content available today, and everyone agrees that the problem is how to make it available on the TV. Most solutions involve selling another piece of specialized equipment to the consumer," said Stacy Cook, president and CEO of BroadQ. "With QCast Tuner software, the consumer takes advantage of the electronics they already own.”

The QCast Tuner software, offered at $49.95, features an advanced media management interface allowing users to create and manage integrated music and video play lists on their television using a compatible infrared DVD remote control or game pad, a BroadQ spokesperson said, adding the current version supports MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/DivX digital media formats. QCast Tuner is also optimized for media delivery over wireless 802.11a or 802.11b (WiFi) WLANs using Ethernet-to-wireless adapters.

"The Sony PlayStation 2 has excellent decoding capabilities and when coupled with the processing power, storage and Internet connectivity of the computer, this combination creates a powerful and affordable thin client digital media center," said Eric Smith,

chief technology officer for BroadQ.

Users must have a PS2-compatible network card (not included) to enable network distribution of digital content, such as the Sony PS2 Ethernet adapter card that will become available in August.

“There are more 13 million U.S. homes with Sony PlayStation 2 consoles and research indicates that 59 percent are connected to a television in the living or family room,” Cook said. “By just adding water, or in this case QCast Tuner software, they have an instant digital home entertainment center."

The QCast Tuner software features:
  • User Friendly Interface -- Easy navigation on the television.
  • Digital Media Support -- MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, as well as MPEG-4/DivX support.
  • Network Support -- Sony PS2 Ethernet adapter support.
  • Media Management -- Integrated play list capabilities (music and video).
  • Navigation -- Sony PS2 game pad or PS2-compatible infrared DVD remote control.
  • Multiple User Support -- Optional user profiles and directory-based content controls.
  • Dynamic Updates -- Compatibility with new players, modules, media and codec support.

The QCast Tuner software requires a Sony PlayStation 2 console, Sony PS2 Ethernet Adapter or other supported network adapter, Pentium II 300 MHz computer with 64Meg RAM, 20MB+ of free hard drive space, Linux or Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP and Internet connectivity.

Specific support for Macintosh OS9/OSX is planned in the near future (G3 or G4 processor, 64 Megs RAM and 20MB-plus of free hard drive space required).

BroadQ is accepting online orders for the software and expects to begin shipping the Preview Edition at the end of August. All orders for the Preview Edition will also receive an upgraded version of the software free of charge.

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