Items tagged with Media server

AC Ryan may not have the name recognition of Western Digital or Seagate in the media player industry, but with the explosion of digital content, lots of smaller companies are able to get in while the market's hot. This is an example of one of those companies taking advantage. The Playon!HD2 and Playon!HD Mini 2 were both announced a few months ago, and now they're shipping. These players are the first to ship with the latest Realtek 1185 processor, and there's also a Gigabit Ethernet port, social networking compatibility, USB 3.0 and refreshed user interface. Check around at your local outfits... Read more...
Of interest to media buffs, Roxio today announced it has begun shipping its Roxio Streamer software, which purportedly turns your PC in a "powerful media server." Or in other words, it makes easy work out of shuttling your music, photos, and videos from your PC to other devices, both near and far. "Roxio Streamer is the most efficient way to enjoy and share personal media on your home PC," said Sean Penn, Vice President, Consumer Products, Roxio. "You simply drop the digital photos, video, or music that you want to access or share into a folder and it becomes instantly available from any web-enabled... Read more...
Sony just recently jumped into the Media Player sector with a new N100 network box, and now an industry mainstay is coming out with another rival: Netgear just debuted the NeoTV 550 and NeoTV 350 HD Media Players. Both of these players play back multi-media stored locally at up to 1080p, with the 550 offering support for files stored on SD cards, USB hard drives and even files on Blu-ray. It supports 7.1 channel audio, but there's no internal storage space to speak of. The 350 is mostly the same but without support for external Blu-ray drives, and while a price isn't listed for it, the 550 will... Read more...
Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft's most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a central depository for serving media and other files, as well as a place to backup your home systems' files. For those who have used it, many praise Windows Home Server's functionality and performance--especially since Microsoft has made some significant updates... Read more...
In what was very likely an "oops" moment, online retailer eCOST.com listed a brand-new version of Hewlett-Packard's MediaSmart Server line, the budget-minded LX195, before HP ever publicly acknowledged the product's existence. Rumors and unsubstantiated photos of the LX195 have been appearing online these last few weeks, but yesterday’s premature product announcement from eCOST.com was the first real-world indication of the product's imminent appearance. Needless to say, the HP MediaSmart LX195 product listing on eCOST.com came down not too long after word started to spread of its existence. Doubtlessly,... Read more...
Not sure if you've noticed, but VIA is definitely getting deep into the media server game. Shortly after launching its NSD7200 2-bay Windows Home Server device, the company has today introduced a new motherboard aimed specifically at these very servers. The VB8002 Mini-ITX board brings the performance efficiency of the VIA Nano processor to consumer-focused server products, and to date, it's been Intel's Atom stuck within most of these devices.Not surprisingly, it looks like VIA is eager to steal away some of that market share, and this is a perfect area to do it. Media servers don't require huge... Read more...
Is storage about to become the hot product category for 2009? Probably not, but you might think so based on all the recent media sever-based NAS devices that are being announced. Just yesterday we told you about Iomega's Home Media Network Hard Drive, and earlier today we reported on the Linksys by Cisco Media Hub. Now comes word of yet another media serving NAS device; this time the updated Buffalo LinkStation Pro.Two new LinkSation Pro models have just been announced: the 500GB LS-XH500L ($209.99) and the 1TB LS-XH1.0TL ($299.99). These new LinkStation Pro NAS devices are actually priced between... Read more...
Storage might not be the sexiest of tech categories, but the undeniable truth is that we wouldn't have files or electronic media without someplace to store them. And as the world becomes increasingly digital, the sheer quantity of files we accumulate--such as music, photos, and videos--seems to grow at what often feels like an exponential rate. Not only are we faced with the quandary of where to house all this media, but we also want to be able to access it from multiple devices in multiple locations. Cisco thinks it has the answer with its new Media Hub family of media-based NAS devices. The full... Read more...
New Iomega Home Media Network Hard Drive Brings Cost-effective Storage, File Sharing and Media Streaming to Your Home For a Small Cost Above an External Hard Drive and in Under Five Minutes, You are Streaming Digital Files Throughout Your Home. SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Jan 5, 2008 -- Iomega, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC) and a global leader in data protection, today announced the debut of the Iomega® Home Media Network Hard Drive, a new standard in easy-to-use network storage for the digital home. With EMC’s acclaimed LifeLine™ software, in three simple steps users can configure up to one terabyte*... Read more...
As we've mentioned previously, Marco has been working on a Storage Media Server build for a project showcase at Symantec's Security with Speed site.  The purpose of the site is an effort by Symantec to create awareness that their new Norton Security 2009 product has been completely engineered from the ground up with speed and low system resource utilization in mind.  As a side benefit to their campaign, the Security with Speed site is also a pretty good resource for multitude of PC tech info, including HotHardware's contribution to the Storage Media Server project that Marco has been... Read more...
Our man Marco BigWop Chiappetta has been doing a little bit of moonlighting on us, at the Symantec Security with Speed site.  One of his projects there has been to put together a Storage Media Server build as a showcase of sorts that takes a DYI approach.  In one of his first episodes, Marco steps us through component selection and there are some pretty interesting choices here.  Take a look... We'll keep you updated on the project in the weeks ahead but thought you might enjoy this little walk-through of the setup of his self-made storage server mayhem. ... Read more...