HTPC owners have a reason to get excited about tomorrow's launch of Windows 7, Microsoft's new version of the Windows operating system. While Windows 7 Media Center already had the Netflix Watch instant interface added to the package recently, the final version also ships with support for Adobe Flash to operate the vast amount of Internet television available to users.
Western Digital’s newest contribution to the streaming media player market – formerly known as the WD TV-2 – is now available at Best Buy without much hullabaloo. Sure it’s not an earth shattering product, but for a relatively low price it offers functionality missing on many Blu-ray players, receivers and televisions. For a scant $119, the WD TV Live Media Player allows the streaming of content from Youtube and Pandora, as well as the viewing of photos on Flickr.
The concept of the all in one device is constantly evolving. From the Swiss Army Knife to the Home Theater PC, there are some people who want it all, but they want it all in one tiny package. The new Sony Vaio L Touch HTPC caters to just those people. With a 24” multi touch screen, a terabyte of hard drive space, an HDMI input and a built in tuner the Vaio L Touch features a little bit of everything.
Pioneer’s Project ET, also known as E-Tap, is a set top box that does nearly everything you’d want a set top box to do. Still in the prototype phase, E-Tap’s features aren’t set in stone, but neither is its existence as a consumer product. Pioneer has gone so far as to say that this may be a platform for future releases, rather than a product itself, depending on consumer response.
Wednesday, 02 September 2009
A surprising product announcement from Medion, the X9613 looks to be a fairly capable touch screen HTPC. Featuring a 24” display along with a mini SideShow screen below, the X9613 is impressive looking to be sure, and the internals do little to disappoint.