Hi-def straight from the Web to your TV

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News Posted: Mon, Nov 9 2009 1:59 PM
Yet another reason to cancel that cable or satellite TV subscription: the Myka ION.

Claimedas the "first consumer Web-to-TV product that can easily run Boxee,Hulu and other leading Internet video services" - as well as jokinglybeing called a "magic box" — the Ion allows you to play web-streamed high-definition videos without mucking about with a computer hookup. It might be likened to a cable box, but for streaming video.

Thedevice actually is a mini-computer, with the Intel Atom Processor 330and NVIDIA ION Graphics Processor.  and allows you to accessweb-streamed videos without booting up your computer. It ships with afull install of Ubuntu 9.10 and has a Windows 7 dual boot option aswell, allowing users to run NetFlix, CinemaNow and other services.

"Technologyhas finally caught up with what consumers want out of Internet videoservices," Myka President Dan Lovy said in a press release. "They wantto be freed from their computers and watch the growing variety of Webvideo content on their large-screen, high-definition living room TVs."

It'll ship in four weeks and cost $379. Its expansion options include Blu-Ray and a larger hard disk.

The full specs:
Processor 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 Dual Core
533 MHz FSB
System Memory 2 Dual channel DDR2 667 DIMM slots
Up to 4 GB of memory
VGA Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics
Supported Resolution 1920 x 1440 (VGA)
Expansion Slots PCI Express Mini Card 
Onboard IDE None
Onboard Serial ATA 3 SATA (3 Gb/sec.) connectors (RAID 0, 1, 0+1)
Onboard USB 10 USB 2.0
Onboard LAN Realtek RTL8211C GbE 10/100/1000
Onboard Audio Realtek ALC662 5.1 channel HD codec
Back Panel I/O 6 USB 2.0 ports
1 VGA port
1 DVI-I port
1 HDMI port
1 eSATA port
1 LAN port
1 PS2 keyboard port
2 S/PDIF-out ports (coaxial/optical)
3 Audio jacks: line-out, line-in, mic-in
1 DC jack
Onboard I/O Connectors 3 SATA connectors
4 USB 2.0 via 2 pin headers
1 RS-232 COM pin header
1 Front panel audio pin header
1 Front panel pin header
2 Fan pin headers
4-pin Molex connector (for peripheral power)
BIOS AMI BIOS 8 Mb flash memory
System Monitoring & Management System power management, RTC timer
Operating Temperature 0ºC ~ 50ºC
DC 19 V @ 4.74 A
Form Factor Mini-ITX (17 x 17 cm)
Includes Driver CD
90 W AC adapter & cord
3 SATA cables
1 SATA power cable
User manual

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So an Atom can handle High Definition just fine?  This is nice little box.  A bit expensive though considering you can build a small form PC for the same price, or less.  But I suppose the easy-to-use software here is the selling point.


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