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Silicon Mountain's Allio LCD HDTV Includes Built-in Blu-ray Player and PC Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 November 2008
ImageSilicon Mountain? Allio?  That's right, Silicon Mountain releases the Allio 42-inch HDTV with built-in PC and Blu-ray Player.  Silicon Mountain has blended the media center pc concept directly into the HDTV viewing medium.  The Allio offers a host of features.
The Allio has the ability to display images via picture-in-picture and split-screen.  A TV signal can be viewed in one pane while a Blu-ray watched in another.  With the PC integrated to the HDTV, streaming Internet video is simple.

The systems start at $1,599.  There are 32-inch and 42-inch configurations.  The configurations also include options for a 2.5 GHz Intel dual core processor or 2.54 GHz processor.  Memory ranges from 2GB to 4GB.  Disk storage space ranges from 250GB to 1TB.  All systems are equipped with Windows Vista 64-bit.

Internet Video Comes to the Big Screen

Integrating the television with the Internet brings a new source of content to the digital lifestyle – Internet video. Normally confined to smaller computer monitors, streaming high definition content from providers like Joost, Hulu and TidalTV now can be accessed on the TV, in addition to popular clip sites such as YouTube. Allio's channel choices span cable, satellite and Internet for a truly converged, hybrid entertainment experience. Media libraries can be combined, shared and played from a single device. The Allio HD TV / PC enables users to store their iTunes and DVD collections on a single system.

"The Allio HD TV / PC takes the digital experience into another dimension," said Tré Cates, Silicon Mountain President and CEO. "During product development, we discovered that our testers regularly expressed disappointment in their own large screen television and home theatre configurations after using Allio for just a few hours. The results are clear. The Allio HD TV / PC experience simply suits our modern digital lifestyle better. The converged experience will boost productivity and interactive behaviors, and bring families together around the next generation of appliance, just as the early television and radio did for generations past."

Picture-in-picture and split-screen capabilities allow multiple sources of content to operate together on a single large screen. A Blu-Ray or DVD can be watched in one window, while television is viewed in another pane, with computing tasks occurring simultaneously. The uses of this split-screen capability are seemingly endless. On Sunday, a fantasy football player can watch multiple games simultaneously, while browsing NFL.com for real-time player stats and scores, while chatting on AOL Instant Messenger or Skype with other league owners. A student can watch educational programming from a satellite or cable provider while writing a paper and looking up unfamiliar terms and concepts on Wikipedia, then taking a quick break to update his or her MySpace page. A business executive can view streaming stock quotes while composing email and watching financial news.

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