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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