developer Research In Motion is reportedly working on a media box that connects to televisions and streams content from Netflix, Youtube, and other nearby media devices.
The box, which is code-named the Blackberry Cyclone, is intended to compete with similar products from Apple, Google, and others.
The specs for the box, which come from an unnamed source
, include HDMI-out, wi-fi connectivity with the ability to interact with other devices on a network, and streaming content from Youtube and Netflix with "more to come."
The device supposedly looks like a larger version of the Blackberry Presenter, a BlackBerry smartphone accessory that allows users present Microsoft PowerPoint slides wirelessly from their phones.
If such a device is in the works, it is a questionable move for RIM; the company has been struggling
as of late and has faced sharp criticism from analysts and investors
. An attempt to put out a product in a relatively small and largely unsuccessful market against competitors like Apple TV
, Google TV
and the Boxee Box
may not be a wise decision.
RIM has, however, found success in the BlackBerry marketplace
, so the company has at least gotten a little good news.