Amino Communications expects to ship in October a tiny IP-STB (Internet-protocol set-top box) with built-in PVR (personal video recorder) capabilities. The AmiNet500 runs embedded Linux, and can record 40 hours of content. It targets telco's with IP-TV services.
Amino specializes in amazingly compact STBs that run embedded Linux, such as the AmiNet110 and the AmiNet100 (pictured at right). The AmiNet500 measures 7-1/4 x 9-1/2 x 2-1/4 inches (184 x 240 x 56mm), or about the size of a small book.
The PVR-enabled AmiNet500 will ship with an 80GB hard drive, allowing it to store about 40 hours of content. It includes a Java-based PVR application supporting instant replay, instant record, and pausing of live TV, according to Amino.
Amino says it developed the AmiNet500 for telecommunications carriers wishing to supply a small PVR-capable STB with their IP-TV services. IP-TV includes video-on-demand and interactive services delivered over various broadband networks.
On networks where bandwidth is insufficient to provide direct access to on-demand video streams, content can be downloaded to the AmiNET500 for later playback, according to Amino. The box can also stream content to other STBs within a home.
The AmiNet500 features a wealth of A/V I/O connectors, as well as an RJ-45 10/100 Ethernet port
Amino says it is working with middleware vendors to enable scheduling from EPGs (electronic program guides), and with digital rights management software providers to ensure that the movie industry will approve of the product. “Any content which is delivered in encrypted form will also be stored as encrypted content, and each viewing will require validation with the originating server,” said product manager Nick Ebsworth.
Amino earlier this month announced a three-way partnership with DRM provider NS8Corp and media server provider MidStream to market “Secure Content On-Demand Digital Distribution Network.”
Amino says the AmiNet500 will ship in the US in October, with a European version available Q1 2005.
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