Monsoon Adds Mac Client For Vulkano DVR Device

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Monsoon Multimedia has just added a critical piece of functionality to their newest piece of hardware, which certainly has the potential to change things up rather significantly in the DVR space. The Vulkano is a do-it-all home entertainment box: integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording are all possible. But what wasn't possible was syncing with a Mac.

That all changes today. The company has just introduced a new Mac client that gives Apple users access to all of the device's features, enabling them to watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world simply by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application. They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac.

Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano's tightly integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a powerful video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living room TV, giving them an elegant solution to view photos and video wherever and whenever they want without having to hassle with messy cables. The full list of Mac features is below, and the app is available to download now for no charge.

Monsoon Multimedia Launches Vulkano for Mac
 
World's First Universal and Affordable Video Platform Now Gives Macs DVR, Place Shifting, Universal Plug and Play Streaming and Mobile Video Recording

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced availability of the free Mac client for all Vulkano devices direct from Monsoon at http://www.myvulkano.com. The new software allows Mac owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording providing a true universal video platform throughout the home and when Vulkano owners are on the go.

Vulkano's Mac client lets users watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world simply by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application. They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac.

Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano's tightly integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a powerful video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living room TV, giving them an elegant solution to view photos and video wherever and whenever they want without having to hassle with messy cables.

Vulkano, in addition to replacing multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku, provides significant other benefits and energy savings, giving consumers tremendous performance at a low cost.

"Vulkano is setting the standard for putting entertainment control in the hands of consumers," said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. "Whether on an iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, home TV or now Mac the same powerful entertainment experience is consistent and universal. We believe consumers should have access to all their video content regardless of where they are or what television, computer or smartphone they prefer. The Mac client takes us one step further in that direction."

Summary of Vulkano Features for Mac:

    * Transforms Macs into Mobile Video Recorders
    * Recorded programs play back on Macs
    * Direct record mode allows for Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind
    * Schedule TV recording by show, channel or date and time
    * Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
    * Mark channels as Favorite for quick access
    * Watch and control your live TV on the go via any Internet connection
    * Watch at home on Macs in near HD resolution
    * Change channels just like at home
    * Enjoy photos, video and music on home TV stored on Macs
    * Multiple users can have recordings on Vulkano hard-drive and access independently
    * Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television menu
    * Connect to all major TV sources - cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
    * Stream video at H.264 and MPEG-4 standards at rates as low as 150kbps
    * Includes 8GB or 16GB of SD card storage or e-SATA hard drives up to 1TB
    * Connects wirelessly through Vulkano's on board .11n WiFi to home router
    * TV content is passed from the set-top box's analog output (component, composite) to Vulkano; using resolutions up to 1080i


Pricing and Availability

The Mac client for the Vulkano is available for download at http://www.myvulkano.com. Both Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro are available immediately at www.myvulkano.com. Vulkano Deluxe comes with 16GB of SD storage costing $279 and Vulkano Deluxe Pro comes with 1 Terabyte e-SATA hard disk and costs $379. Select retailers such as www.amazon.com are shipping Vulkano which comes with 8GB SD storage and costs $259 and the Vulkano Pro at $349 which includes a 500GB e-SATA hard disk. 
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