ZeeVee Elaborates on Integrator-Targeted ZvBox

Rack-mountable ZvBox, to be available Q1 2009, has more connectivity options and cooling provisions.

ZeeVee Elaborates on Integrator-Targeted ZvBox
Robert Archer · October 24, 2008

The phenomenon of DVR has enabled millions of TV fans to watch their favorite programs at their own convenience.

But DVR does have a couple drawbacks:

  • Networks changing times of their to discourage DVR users
  • The monthly subscription fees

With the recent launch of the ZvBox from ZeeVee, however, TV junkies can use the Internet to watch whatever they want whenever they want.

ZvBox connects to a PC and a home’s coax cable runs to access a variety of HD and SD content and distribute it throughout a home.

The company is now set to enter the custom market with an upcoming rack-mountable version of the ZvBox. It includes more connectivity options and cooling provisions to allow it to live in an equipment room safely.

ZeeVee is also readying a beta version graphical user interface (GUI) that’s designed to be more intuitive.

The beta GUI is expected to launch in late October and the custom box, which the company says will be a limited distribution item with other installer incentives, should be available in Q1 2009.

Dave Malin, VP of sales for ZeeVee, says the progression into the custom market is based on ZeeVee’s need to put the product into as many living rooms as possible, while avoiding the technical hurdles some consumers might experience.

“We are asking people to do something [install the product] they’ve probably never done before,” he acknowledges.

“We need the pro market. The CEDIA channel will not have a problem installing it.”

Malin says the rack-mountable product will benefit installers because the content it delivers will help them sell systems. For consumers who love TV and Web-based video content, the box is a problem solver.

“The bullseye for this [the ZvBox and the custom product] is anyone that watches a lot of video online.”

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]

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