Sunfire: Another Media Server Bites the Dust
TGM-100 movie and music server will be replaced with Elan G control system, which integrates with Sony 400-disc Blu-ray changer
The company is phasing out the Theater Grand Media Server (TGM-100) introduced last year at a retal price of about $6,000.
Why bother with it, really, since sister company Elan will offer a media management solution with the forthcoming G control system. Besides, the media server was a strange fit for Sunfire, whose strength is in subwoofers, speakers and related electronics.
“With the release of Elan’s new G system, dealers will get many of the features they have been asking for, like management of Blu-ray changers, plus access to Pandora, Rhapssody and more,” says marketing director Eric Harper.
The Elan G won’t support DVD ripping as Sunfire’s TGM did. With that, Elan joins the likes of Control4 and Crestron which prefer to leave the movie storage business to someone else.
Harper says that phone calls were made to affected Sunfire dealers, “and we are working with them to ensure a smooth transition.”
Meanwhile, perhaps you can get a good deal from Vidabox.
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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