Gateway releases networkable DVD player

The cutting-edge progressive-scan DVD player that doubles as a digital media device is available today at just $250.
The ability to access progressive-scan DVD movies, MP3 music files and digital photos in the living room delivers a host of consumer benefits.  For example, the whole family can now enjoy slide shows of vacation photos on TV. MP3 music files can be retrieved from the PC for playing on the stereo system in dynamic surround sound for family and friends, while digital videos have double the impact when projected on a large screen with realistic audio.
The innovative new product is part of Gateway’s transformation from a traditional PC company into a branded integrator of personalized technology solutions, and a natural complement to the Gateway(TM) 42-inch plasma TV which, at $2,999 (2), has quickly become the best-selling product of its type in the U.S.  Gateway on May 8 announced an ambitious plan to launch 50 new Gateway-branded products in 15 consumer electronics and technology categories by the end of 2003.
“Consumers have been looking for a way to enjoy their music, movies and photos in the most comfortable room of their house,” said Matt Milne, Gateway’s general manager of digital solutions.  “The Gateway Connected DVD Player is a new and affordable means to bring digital content into the living area.  This revolutionary device underscores Gateway’s commitment to deliver solutions that make it easy for consumers to discover, access and control their digital media.”
Using the Gateway(TM) Connected DVD Player, consumers can retrieve content from any PC in the home via a wired Ethernet connection or an 802.11b wireless network.  Advantages of a wireless network include simplified set-up and a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The unit’s progressive-scan DVD technology delivers higher picture resolution and twice the image quality of regular television when playing DVD movies.  The Gateway Connected DVD Player also simplifies digital entertainment with a single remote control for navigating all types of digital media files and controlling the DVD player through a simple user interface on the TV screen.
“This follow-on product to Gateway’s 42-inch plasma TV targets the ever-popular DVD category,” said Danielle Levitas, IDC director, consumer devices and services.  “DVD players continue to enjoy strong sales and the integration of advanced features at an affordable price point — particularly wireless connectivity — will help drive demand for these devices.”

    Cutting-Edge Technology Made Simple
Set-up and installation are quick and easy.  The player works straight out of the box with just a few clicks necessary to install the software on the PC. The system connects through a home network to retrieve data from a designated networked PC and supports MPEG and WMA audio streaming.  Navigation of the Gateway Connected DVD Player is done by a seamless user interface displayed on the TV.  This interface allows easy setup and selection and playback of music, video or photo files located on any Windows 98 or above PC in the home.
The Gateway Connected DVD player is Windows compatible and supports composite, component and s-video signals.  It’s also compatible with multimedia databases such as Windows Media Player and Music Match.  To ensure customers a vast selection of high-quality sound, picture and video, the player runs a wide array of file formats such as DVD, CD-R/RW, JPEG, MP3, Kodak picture CD, Dolby Digital(R) and DTS Digital(R) encoding.  Offering powerful surround sound, six channels are available for audio output including stereo, coaxial digital, optical digital and headphones.

    Pricing, Warranty and Service & Support
The Gateway Connected DVD player is priced at $250, which includes a wireless 802.11b PC card or 10/100 PC card with a 10-foot Ethernet cable and 90-day warranty.  Available upgrades include video cables for component video, a wireless 802.11b router with a 4-port switch and broadband service.

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