MediaREADY 5000 is a living room set-top device that offers PVR (Personal Video Recorder), DVD/CD/MP3 record and playback, email, Internet browsing, media on-demand, TV electronic program guide, karaoke, onboard and home-networked photo and music access and much more. Enabling the joint technology are:
— VWB MediaREADY(TM) 5000 - Connectivity to a wide range of consumer electronics through inputs and outputs ranging from USB and Firewire to component and
composite video. The MediaREADY 5000 includes a wireless QWERTY keyboard, remote control and karaoke microphone;
— SageTV Media Center Software - SageTV Media Center for Linux offers a user interface even technology-challenged consumers find friendly. With SageTV Media Center, users can enjoy advanced functions such as intelligent recording of TV shows based on household viewing habits as well as easy access to home media libraries;
— Hauppauge WinTVÂ®-PVR-150 - An innovative TV tuner that also allows users to watch, pause and record TV shows. The device’s built-in, hardware-based MPEG-2 encoder adds performance by enabling other software-based functions to take place while recording.
Driven by the penetration of broadband into the majority of American homes, home entertainment devices are finally beginning to achieve the promise of convergence that runs the full range of television, removable media (DVD/CD), Internet (email, web browsing and media on-demand), advanced time-shifting (DVR), and network-based storage (MP3, photos and video via local or LAN-based hard drives).