Samsung’s MediaLive: the Ultimate HDTV Accessory, Bringing Digital Content from the PC to the Big-Screen

Samsung Electronics America Inc., the leader in the U.S.
digital television market, lets consumers view PC-content on a Samsung HDTV with
the retail launch of the companys MediaLive adaptor.
Samsungs MediaLive delivers digital content (including
HD content) in real-time from Windows Media Center on a PC running Windows
Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate operating systems to the big
screen of a Samsung HDTV via a wireless or wired home network. From photos,
music, feature films, home movies, and live and recorded TV programs, Samsungs MediaLive is the ideal plug-and-play complement to most
2008-model Samsung HDTVs.

“The PC is quickly becoming the hub for entertainment
in the home and Samsung’s MediaLive gives consumers the freedom to enjoy and
manage movies, photos, and music on the bigger screen of an HDTV,” said
John Revie, Vice President of Visual Display Marketing at Samsung Electronics
America. “Samsung’s MediaLive opens up a constantly expanding world of
content for consumers, adding yet another connectivity option to the latest
Samsung HDTVs.

Easily connected to an existing wireless or wired Internet
connection, Samsung’s MediaLive allows PCs running Windows Vista or Windows
Vista Home Premium to stream a personal movie, photo, music, and video
collection to any 2008-model Samsung HDTV in the home with an HDMI-CEC
connection. With the ability to display content at up to Full HD resolution and
support for a range of video, audio, and image codecs such as AC3, H.264, JPEG,
MPEG2, MPEG4, WMA, and WMV, consumers will be able to enjoy an impressive
variety of video and audio files using Samsung’s MediaLive. Instead of crowding
around a 15-inch PC monitor to share their latest music or movies, users can
transfer the same PC content in real-time and share it on a 50-inch HDTV with a
group of friends. One PC can stream content to up-to five Samsung MediaLive
boxes connected to a TV through a home network – providing total access to
entertainment from most 2008-model Samsung HDTV’s in the home.

Beyond streaming personal entertainment, Samsung’s MediaLive
gives consumers access to a wide range of entertainment options including online
services such as Vongo, MovieLink, Showtime TV, XM Radio, and FOX Sports, as
well as the ability to browse through top news stories from Reuters and NPR.
Additionally, in the U.S., Windows Media Center features the Internet TV beta
program, which offers access to viral videos, news stories, movie trailers,
sports clips, cast interviews, movie concerts and more. For access to live and
recorded TV through the Samsung MediaLive, a simple TV tuner can be connected
to the PC, turning it into a powerful DVR with the ability to watch and record
favorite television shows and movies. In conjunction with FOX Sports, consumers
are able to access SportsLounge to quickly view up-to-date sports scores,
statistics and schedules – a perfect tool for any fantasy sports fan.

Microsoft is pleased to be working
with an industry leader such as Samsung, which shares our commitment to
expanding TV entertainment options through Windows Media Center, said Ron Pessner, General Manager of the Connected TV
Division at Microsoft Corp. Were
seeing the industry recognize the value of delivering these types of integrated
solutions that allow consumers to extend pictures, music and more from their
Windows Vista Home Premium- or Ultimate-based PC to the TV.

Employing the simple-to-navigate user interface and
integrated electronic program guide of Windows Media Center, content browsing
and playback is easily controlled using the arrow and enter buttons available
on either the included MediaLive Simple Remote, or the Samsung HDTVs remote control.

Using the included mounting bracket, the compact device can
be easily mounted to the rear of select Samsung flat-panel TVs for a
clutter-free home theater setup. Operational commands are sent to the MediaLive
via the HDMI-CEC port for a high quality, single-cable connection to the HDTV.
The device connects to a PC via a RJ45 connected LAN cable, or wirelessly
through a built-in 802.11 a/b/g/n receiver.

The Samsung MediaLive will be available in August 2008.

Specifications

Online Content                

  • Windows Media Center
    online media content providers

Audio                   

  • WMA, MP3, AC3

Video                   

  • WMV, MPEG2, MPEG4, H.264
  • HDMI-CEC output
  • Replay
  • Down & Play of recorded TV program In PC
  • AV Streaming with PC (Server)
  • AV Streaming with PC (Client) – WMV, MPEG2 file Streaming

Photo                   

  • JPEG
  • Zoom in/out, Rotation

Input and Output                            

  • DC Power
  • USB 2.0 Slave
  • USB 2.0 Host
  • HDMI-CEC
  • Ethernet (RJ45 LAN cable)

Works With

  • 2008-model Samsung HDTVs 450 series and higher, LCD, Plasma
    and DLP

Dimension (W X H X D, mm)                       

  • 270 x 48 x 155

Weight                                

  • 1.8 kg

Estimated Selling
Price                                 $200

Availability                         August 2008

*Subject to change without notice.

About Samsung
Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics
America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co.,
Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and
home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players,
digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized
innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the
HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit www.samsung.com for more
information.

6 thoughts on “Samsung’s MediaLive: the Ultimate HDTV Accessory, Bringing Digital Content from the PC to the Big-Screen

  1. What happened to the ComedyCentral program that used to be in Online Services? Also I read Vongo is being canceled. When are we going to see new programs like YouTube that can take advantage of this.

  2. I was thinking of getting the Series 9 HDTV when it comes out in August or September. Perhaps I’ll look into also getting this extender. I like how the latest Samsung TVs display the weather, stocks, etc overlayed on top of your TV shows – a feature which I think Media Center should have incorporated a long time ago.

  3. Will we be able to stream the movies we have on our hard drive to this device? Will it pass Dolby Digital and/or DTS to this device? And, yes, can we watch our recorded TV shows?

  4. Is this the crappy 3FPS Sigma Designs chip thats in all the other extenders and all my MediaSmart TV’s ??? Or are they actually doing something interesting here…?

  5. Steve : MTV Networks pulled their apps months ago. I asked, never got an explanation. The last AOL app is also getting ready to go.

    dnr: It will function as a v2 Extender, so yes.

    rob: Not sure about technical specs just yet.

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