Niveus Media Teams Up With ADI To Deliver Media Servers To Custom Electronics Installers

Award-winning Niveus Media Server – Vail Edition integrates technologies to provide a high-performance entertainment experience.


Milpitas, CA – August 27, 2008 – Niveus Media is teaming up with ADI to distribute the newest Niveus Media Server – Vail Edition to custom electronics installers across the country. This media server will allow dealers to provide a scalable, energy efficient solution to access, store, manage and distribute digital content throughout a home.


“ADI is a highly experienced vehicle with a proven track record for providing innovative products and impeccable service to dealers,” said John Trimbach, Vice President Sales, Niveus Media. “We’re extremely confident ADI will provide first-class distribution for Vail, while providing increased brand awareness for Niveus.”


Referred to as “Sierra” in the pre-release beta version, Niveus’ award-winning Vail Edition media server is based on Windows Vista® Home Premium featuring Windows® Media Center.


Key Features:


  • Pictures & Videos – Digital photograph and video collections are securely stored while offering easy viewing access throughout the home.
  • Music – CD collections are merged with downloaded tracks to create a uniform and all-encompassing music library.
  • Movies – Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD support and an abundance of classification capabilities offer a comprehensive, extremely intuitive, and completely unique movie experience.

The Vail Edition is engineered with the proprietary Niveus ConvergencePanel™ high-performance audio and video ports to ensure a simple installation and seamless integration into the home network. With Vail, ADI dealers now have direct access to Niveus Media’s lowest power consuming and most compact media server to date, which easily integrates with many security and home automation products currently available through ADI.


In a sleek and slender chassis, the CES Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award winning Vail Edition incorporates: powerful Intel® processing; an optional Blu-ray Disc drive; Seagate® hard drives; Nvidia’s GeForce Series 8 graphics featuring PureVideo™ HD technology; and proprietary Niveus technology.


All Vail Editions sold through ADI will be bundled with an exclusive content package from MusicGiants, the authority in HD music and video downloads. Vail includes the proprietary HD Media Store which enables instant access to MusicGiants, and includes 2 HDNet films and credit towards the purchase of MusicGiants downloads.


“As a distributor, we are committed to providing our dealers with access to cutting-edge technology from industry-leading vendors,” said RJ Hirshkind, Senior Product Manager for A/V at ADI. “We are excited to offer the Niveus Media Server at our branches, and help dealers provide completely integrated home entertainment solutions.”


For more information on Niveus Media, Inc., please visit www.niveusmedia.com. For more information about ADI, visit www.adilink.com.

Short Bits: Storage Pack, CE Pro, Media Center Show, More

Microsoft is planning to release a Storage Feature Pack for Windows that will include Blu-ray mastering support among other things.  Sadly this is still very far from Blu-ray Playback support which has its own set of issues.


CE Pro has had a number of Media Center posts gearing up for CEDIA.  Julie says that Microsoft’s focus at CEDIA will be the custom integrator channel and not so much on the OEM only TV Pack.  I know a lot of people are waiting for CEDIA because they think Microsoft is going to drop some big news about DIRECTV being included or something like that, but that is not going to happen.  Everyone knows what is in the TV Pack, and there are not going to be any surprises.  On the same topic it looks like Microsoft and partners might be planning a “Media Center Integrator Alliance,” which I’m sure we will hear about in the next two weeks.


Ian Dixon has had Ed Bott and Scott Bahneman, CEO of MusicGiants on The Media Center Show.  I was able to catch a few minutes of the Ed Bott interview when it was on live and agree with a lot of the concepts that he was talking about.  After CEDIA I will have more posts on the TV Pack.


Not sure how much I’ve highlighted some of the newer Media Center blogs that have popped up over the past few months, so here are a few that everyone might be interested in (sorry if I missed any).  Olcay Buyan’s Blog, My Network Project, and Entertainment 2.0.

D-Link Releases DSM-750 Firmware Update

D-Link has released the first firmware update for their DSM-750 Extender.  Based on the release notes it appears that most if not all fixes in the new version 1.01 apply to the MediaLounge software and not the Media Center Extender aspect of the product.  That said it does appear to add 1080p output as an option which should apply to both the Extender and MediaLounge modes.  Other changes are below, you can download the updated firmware here and upgrade via the front USB port on the DSM-750.


  • Support for 1080p TVs and video files
  • Look of the Home page altered to improve navigation & readability
  • Online Media icon added to the home page
  • Support for Rhapsody music service
  • Support for Live365 Internet Radio service
  • Support for vTuner Internet Radio service
  • Remote control support changed to support Xbox 360 remote
  • DVR-MS playback A/V sync issue in MediaLounge mode resolved
  • Control point (aka “slave mode”) access enabled for playing video and music files from a compliant UPnP server
  • Browsing music & video media files/folders now supports only List mode (no thumbnail browsing).
  • Photo files/folders supports browsing by thumbnail or list mode
  • “16:9″ and “4:3″ renamed “Widescreen” & “Normal” in A/V Settings Menu
  • Default device name is now “D-Link DSM-750″
  • Audio tracks button improved to support multiple audio tracks in supported video files
  • Entering a wireless security key is now readable until entered
  • Reduced the amount of marqueeing text in the music player page

$150 Linksys Extenders Hit Amazon.com

Don’t have a Circuit City nearby to get in on that $150 Linksys Extender deal?  No problem.  Amazon.com is pushing out those same Linksys DMA2100 Extenders for $150 as well.  As always Amazon has free shipping options if you can wait a few days to get it in your hands.


The recent crop of Extender deals has me wondering, is Linksys the first to finally understand that $150 is the magic pricepoint for a standalone Extender (as I’ve been saying for years), or are they getting ready to drop the product and move on either to a new unit or out of the Extender market all together?

Embedded Automation Announces mHome Power Management Module

New Module Makes Power Monitoring and Control Within Reach of all Homeowners

Surrey, BC – August 20, 2008

Today, Embedded Automation announced its mHome Power Management Module. The mHome Power Management Module, which provides real-time energy usage information and control functionality, is available as an add-in to Embedded Automation’s mHome products, including the award-winning mControl Digital Home Software and soon to be released mPanel Digital Home Portal. Initially supporting the TED (The Energy Detective) energy monitor, the mHome Power Management Module will scale to support other power measuring devices and future technologies such as “Smart Meter” solutions.


The mHome Power Management Module offers the following benefits:


  • Available as an mControl plug-in module – no user programming is required.
  • Real-time status display, allowing users to view current energy consumption and historical usage from any mControl user interface.
  • User-configurable power management conditions for use with mControl macros based on any of the following properties: current power usage (kW), peak power usage today (kW), total power today (kWh), total power month-to-date (kWh) and others.
  • Live view on mPanel for view-at-glance status information.

“The mHome Power Management Module represents a big step towards conserving energy. The solution is affordable and easy to install. All a user needs to do is enter where the device is located on the network and the information is automatically presented in a easy to understand format on a variety of user interfaces – including on their Vista Media Center, from any Internet Explorer browser session, on their cell phone or on any mPanel connected to the home network,” said Ted Singh, C.E.O. of Embedded Automation. “Not only have we given our users the key first step of having a live reading on their energy usage with which they can use to localize energy waste, but via mControl’s automation engine, users can also create energy-saving macros.”


The mHome Power Management Module will be available in August 2008.


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Inteset Movie Collection Module Now Supports Blu-ray

Hanover MA, Aug 13, 2008, Inteset, has updated its Movie Collection server module to fully support Blu-ray movies. 


One of the major selling features of the Inteset media server has been its ability to store, search, and play back movies seamlessly within the Windows Media Center interface using the proprietary Movie Collection module. Inteset has offered this feature to its dealers for years and has now improved the capabilities by adding full Blu-ray support. In addition, movie profile lookups are simpler than ever. The system will scan the inserted DVD or Blu-ray disc to identify it, and then retrieve full profile information from Inteset’s all-new movie database. Lookups can also be performed based on UPC code and movie title.


“We’re happy to make available this exciting new upgrade of our Movie Collection module,” states David Hirsh, Inteset’s Director of Business Development. “The module with additional Blu-ray support works perfectly with our new 15 terabyte A/V NAS storage server and Vana advanced extender systems as well,” explains Hirsh.


The Inteset Movie Collection module is available on all Inteset media servers. Blu-ray playback is now standard on the Inteset Maximus media server and optional on the Denzel and Vana media servers. The module upgrade is free on all prior and new Inteset servers running Vista Media Center.


To learn more about how to obtain the latest Inteset Movie Collection module and other Inteset products and services, visit www.inteset.com. Get a live demonstration by visiting Inteset at CEDIA 2008, Denver, CO, booth 452.


About Inteset


Inteset, LLC has been creating high-end home entertainment products since 2003. Inteset offers four categories of products: media servers, media extenders, high-capacity storage devices, and exclusive software for its systems. The near silent media servers come with up to 8TB of internal, 15TB external, protected storage. The advanced media extenders are independent systems as well as A/V distribution clients. All systems are shipped with an enriched Microsoft Windows Media Center interface that includes a movie management module and a multi-zone music module among other exclusive software offerings. These systems appeal to A/V dealers and integrators domestically and internationally for their high-integrity construction, reliability, ease-of-use, unique entertainment modules and services, price point, and interoperability with advanced control systems.


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$150 Linksys Extenders at Circuit City

Circuit City has the Linksys DMA2100 Extenders on sale for only $150 (Via Missing Remote).  If you are in the market for a Media Center Extender then I would check your local store to see if they have any in-stock.


According to Circuit City’s website they are sold out online, so your local store might be the only place to get a deal (not sure about raincheck purcahses). All three of my local stores around Houston are showing them in-stock, so check it out.

Cannon PC To Ship Windows Media Center TV Pack

Houston, Texas – August 15, 2008 – Media Center PC innovator and Microsoft OEM Partner, Cannon PC, announced that it will begin shipping the Microsoft Windows Media Center TV Pack with its line for Media Center PCs.


Cannon PC will begin shipping systems with the new TV Pack beginning in early September.  The Microsoft Windows Media Center TV Pack adds native support for up to 4 TV tuners (including digital cable tuners), ClearQAM (Unencrypted Digital Cable) tuners, sharing of unprotected digital content via PlayReady enabled PCs and more.


Cannon PC has always been a pioneer in the Media Center industry.  As a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and an authorized partner for Digital Cable integration, Cannon PC was first to demonstrate the ability to have 6 Digital Cable Card tuners in their Media Centers recording 6 HD digital TV signals at once.


“We are exciting about this new enhancement to the Media Center technology.  It shows the levels of commitment that Microsoft and it partners are taking to make Media Center a powerful and solid success in the home.   We look forward to many more innovations coming from the eHome Group.” says Gregg Cannon, President of Cannon PC.


About Cannon PC


Cannon PC Media Centers are specifically designed for custom installers and integrators in the home automation or home theater business.  Cannon PC Media Centers include features like Blu-Ray drives, RAID storage configurations, 1080p playback and HD audio.  Cannon PC Media Centers are sold through our authorized dealer network as well as through our online store.  Our customers and dealers have access to years of proven, reliable Media Center installations to ensure reliable and trouble free enjoyment.


To learn more about Cannon PC and their Pro A/V line and Home Series Media Center PCs, visit them on the web at www.cannonpc.com.


sales@cannonpc.com


832-364-6608

Fluid Digital Integrates Additional TV Functionality in Windows Vista Media Center

Specialty media server company among licensed Microsoft Partners to deploy Media Center TV Pack 2008


The Woodlands Texas-August 13, 2008– Microsoft OEM Gold Partner and authorized digital-cable media server OEM Fluid Digital is proud to announce the integration of Microsoft’s Media Center TV Pack to enable an enhanced TV viewing experience.


“We’re excited about delivering even more value to our customers with native support for four digital cable tuners, an enhanced electronic program guide, and the ability to share non-protected digital cable content across PlayReady-enabled PCs and portable media devices,” says Chris Morley, Executive Vice President, Fluid Digital. 


Fluid Digital Media Servers will begin shipping with the Media Center TV pack in Q4 of 2008.  In addition to four digital cable tuner support, Fluid Digital will be able to integrate additional Clear QAM tuners in a heterogeneous manner, with the ability to remap channels to various tuners within the system.


“In my 32 years of designing and integrating home theater solutions, I have never experienced a technology progress so far and at such a rapid pace,” said Kevin Buchanan, President of Fluid Digital.  “What Microsoft has been able to accomplish in the living room has been awe inspiring and we are pleased to be a part of the story.”


Fluid Digital media servers are sold through a vetted dealer network and are professionally installed to ensure years of hassle-free TV and media enjoyment.  Fluid Digital Media Servers are a perfect combination of technology, art, and experience in the audio visual industry.


About Fluid Digital


Fluid Digital is among a handful of Microsoft Partners authorized to integrate Windows Vista with Digital Cable support.  Fluid Digital was the first to market with AMD’s 780G chipset integrated in a digital cable media server.  Fluid Digital is the only media server in the business that is wholly owned by a custom A/V hybrid (retailer/installer) that enables them to have the fastest response time in the industry. 


Contact:


For dealer inquiries, please contact Kevin Buchanan at 281-298-8778.  For technical and capabilities inquiries on Fluid Digital media servers, please contact Chris Morley at 512-535-2659.  Please visit our website at www.fluiddigitalmedia.com.


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