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SonicBlue Stakes Networked DVD Claim

16 Dec, 2002 By: Hive News

SonicBlue Inc. today announced plans to introduce what the company claims is the world's first networked DVD player, the Go-Video D2730.

Besides standard DVD playback, the D-2730 lets consumers watch all the pictures, music and video clips stored on their computers on their TV sets. The PC software included with the player makes set up simple and TV viewing is as easy as pressing a button on the DVD remote control, a SonicBlue spokesperson said.

The Electronic Association (CEA) selected the device as a 2003 Innovation Award winner.

"SONICblue's vision is connecting people with entertainment and with the proliferation of digital cameras and the downloading of audio and video files, today's consumers have a lot of great entertainment content trapped on their computers," said Ed Brachocki, VP of product marketing, audio and video products, SonicBlue. "The networked DVD player will allow them to easily connect to this entertainment, and stream content from their computers to the television."

The Go-Video D2730 has the capability to stream MPEG2 video files through a wireless network from a computer to a consumer electronics component. The D2730 works with either a PCMCIA Ethernet Adapter (included) or an optional PCMCIA 802.11b wireless network card and can stream MPEG1 and MPEG2 video files compressed at bitrates up to 3 Mbps.

The Networked DVD Player can also stream audio files in both WMA and MP3 format and JPEG image files. The image files can be displayed by predetermined photo albums that the user can easily set up. The MP3 audio files can also be displayed by title, artist, and genre, using ID3 tag support.

The player includes an easy-to-navigate, intuitive user interface for accessing and playing remote media files. Users load the included software onto their home computer, which then acts as a server. From the user interface on the television, users can then search for available entertainment content on the computer's hard drive and select audio and video files to stream to the DVD player with the touch of a button on the remote control.

CEA and SonicBlue will showcase the Go-Video D2730 networked DVD player at the International CES show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8 to 12.

The new player is priced at $249 MSRP and is expected to be available on SonicBlue's eStore at sonicblue.com and in retail outlets throughout North America in the first quarter of 2003.

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