Video Without Boundaries (VWB) will introduce a new Linux-powered set-top digital media center at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. The MediaREADY 6000 combines a PVR (personal video recorder) with multimedia record/playback/jukebox functions, Internet Web and email access, voice/video-over-IP conferencing,… and karaoke capabilities, according to the company.
The MediaREADY 6000 digital media center includes a built-in 200 GB hard drive, and offers DVD/MPEG-1, 2, 4/CD/MP3 recording and playback, in addition to its PVR and other functions, VWB says. It connects to broadband Internet, and to both wired and wireless home networks.
VWB recently partnered with SageTV on an embedded Linux software stack for its MediaReady 5000, which combines PVR, DVD/CD record/playback, Internet access, and other media center functions. VWB's earlier MediaReady 3000 and 4000 designs were powered by a Linux software stack from CAC Media.
VWB will begin shipping the MediaREADY 6000 in Q2 of 2006 at a suggested list price of around $1250, it says.
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