Actiontec Wireless Digital Media Player

From Actiontec’s Press Release:

SUNNYVALE, CA (December 8, 2003) – For consumers who want to enjoy their digital movies, photos, music and online activities from the comfort of their couch without the need to run cables from the home office to the living room, Actiontec Electronics today announced the Actiontec Wireless Digital Media Player — a VCR-sized appliance that wirelessly links PCs to home entertainment centers for a bigger and better media experience.

With this $199 device, high-tech enthusiasts can display digital home movies and snapshots directly on their TV, listen to MP3 files and Internet radio on the family stereo, and surf the Internet using the television as their monitor, thereby taking advantage of the biggest screen and best sound system in the house.

Result? Friends and family no longer need to crowd around your computer screen to view still or video pictures from your trip to the Grand Canyon or the Grand Caymans. Digital camcorder footage does not need to be converted to videotape to show it on your TV. The digital music on your PC can be played in the family room without burning it onto CDs. And Led Zeppelin or Limp Bizkit need no longer be a prisoner of your minuscule computer speakers.

Setup is a simple matter of connecting the TV and stereo to the Actiontec player with the cables provided, inserting the 11 Mbps wireless PC card included in the package into the media player’s PC card slot, and following the configuration instructions on the Quick Start Guide and Actiontec Installation Buddy® CD-ROM. The Actiontec player will then communicate wirelessly with any PC equipped with an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless adapter and the Actiontec Media Buddyâ„¢ even if the computer is in another room.

With the Actiontec Media Buddyâ„¢, users can extract music and images from their computer and then navigate through their media folders via the TV screen with a special remote control included in the package. The system also allows databases from multiple home computers to be merged, making it possible to aggregate the digital media libraries of different family members.

“This product is on the cutting edge of the convergence movement that is beginning to bridge the gap between computers and consumer entertainment,” said Dean Chang, President and CEO of Actiontec Electronics. “By combining the convenience of wireless operation with advanced functionality such as the ability to handle digital video and Web surfing, our Wireless Digital Media Player is making it easier than ever to bring the power of the PC into the center of activity in the home.”

The Actiontec Wireless Digital Media Player supports:

  • MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA and Ogg Vorbis audio formats.
  • JPEG, GIF, TIF, PNG and BMP image formats.
  • S/PDIF digital audio.
  • MPEG1/2/4, DIVX, Xivd and RMP4 video formats.
  • Internet radio.
  • HDTV and S-Video.
  • Digital Optical Output for true sound fidelity without the need for RCA cabling.

Specifications and Availability
The Actiontec Wireless Digital Media Player is available now at www.Actiontec.com and from online retailers. It will ship with an 11 Mbps wireless PC card for wireless connectivity between the PC and the home entertainment center, an audio/video cable with RCA connectors for connection to the television and sound system, and a remote control with two AAA batteries. The package will also contain a Quick Start Guide, an installation CD-ROM with a user guide, the Actiontec Media Buddy™ and the Actiontec Installation Buddy® for easy setup.

Minimum system requirements include a television with Composite Video input; a stereo or A/C receiver with RCA audio input; and a 300 MHz Pentium II computer (700 MHz Pentium II for video playback) with an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless adapter, TCP/IP, and at least 60MB of hard drive space. The product supports all major operating systems including Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 and XP.

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