ZeeVee Shows Off ZvBox; Custom Product Coming Soon
Although the ZvBox is targeted to consumers, the company says that there are two integrator-targeted products due out in 2009.
The ZvBox makes “everything you do on your PC watchable on your TV,” says ZeeVee’s Dave Malin.
Although the ZvBox is targeted to consumers, the company says that there are two integrator-targeted products due out in the first half of 2009. They’ll be rack-mountable and feature a built-in fan and power supply, he says.
Another step-up feature will be component inputs, allowing installers to hook up an additional set-top box such as a DVR.
ZvBox Localcasts Media to Unlimited HDTVs in a Home
ZeeVee says the ZvBox is the first device that allows end users to watch anything they can get online or on their computers on all their TVs.
It “localcasts” stored local media from hard drives or network-attached storage (NAS) devices to up to any number of high-definition TVs in a home, according to the company.
The device connects via coaxial cable. It has VGA and USB inputs and connects easily to a PC, Malin explains. “It’s one simple insertion.”
The company has already shown content integration with a number of providers, including YouTube, ESPN.com, Fox, Comedy Central and Hulu. Malin expects ZeeVee to announce several more in the coming months.
The remote control is unique. It features a touchpad controller for moving a cursor around on the TV, very similar to those found on laptops.
The company’s Web site includes a video demonstration of the product. Those that live in markets where there are Tweeter stores might recognize ZeeVee’s spokesperson. It’s Chris Bauer, former voice of Tweeter.
Tom has been covering consumer electronics for six years. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Now, as senior writer/technology editor of CE Pro magazine since 2003, he dabbles in all departments and offers expertise in marketing. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Tom at [email protected]
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