Media player maker DViCO has taken another stab at the Apple TV with release of the TViX M-6600N, the latest iteration of its line of networked multimedia players and its first to combine a 7-day electronic program guide, high-definition recording, Freeview compatibility, and more lounge room-oriented features.
Designed as an all-in-one multimedia device to sit below your TV, the fifth-generation TViX device is about the size of an Apple TV and packs a 1TB hard drive, 802.11n wireless and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity as well as support for full 1080p high-definition content delivered via HDMI 1.3a interface.
Like its predecessors, the M-6600N has been designed for broad media compatibility, with support for video standards from DiVX and WMV9 HD to H.264, RealMedia, MPG, MKV, VOB and more. MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, FLAC and APE audio files are supported, and the unit also incorporates built-in interfaces to YouTube, Picasa, RSS news feeds, weather channels and features a range of slideshow options for viewing photos. UPnP compatibility ensures easy connectivity across home networks.
Built-in dual high-definition digital TV tuners support recording one or two channels simultaneously, with full PVR-styled time shifting, scheduled recording, EPG support and compliance with the Australian free-to-air networks’ Freeview specifications to ensure feature parity with off-the-shelf PVRs. [UPDATE: on 14/10 Freeview issued a statement saying it has no association with DViCO and that, despite the former company's initial claims, the M-6600N is not Freeview endorsed. This does not change its functionality in any way -- ed.].
The M-6600N costs $499 without a hard drive (for resellers) or $699 with the drive, and also includes a USB port, media card reader, and built-in features for watching and copying digital photos and videos from attached cards and devices.
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