Archive | February 24, 2011

Xtreamer Prodigy to launch in four days, supports AirPlay, USB 3.0, Flash and Netflix, review to follow


Update 2 (09-13-2011) : Xtreamer pushed back the release date to Oct 5 for their Xtreamer Prodigy. Some specs were also updated like 3D support now listed as available and any Netflix mention removed without a trace. The pre-order price was also increased to aroud $200 Euro + shipping. Still interested?

Update: Based on some insider info we got, Xtreamer Prodigy anticipated release date should be sometime mid to end August, bar any production problems and will contain Xtreamer firmware release 3.

Let’s be honest, there are soooo many media streamers on the market but so few that are worthy of your attention. Among them, Boxee Box, WD TV Live Plus and several others. Xtreamer is certainly a big player in Europe, but not that much in US. Let’s hope this will change as the latest media player / streamer box to arrive from the company called Xtreamer Prodigy seems to deliver big time.

Beside support for USB 3.0, a first for any media streamer to date, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channels audio bit-streaming supporting Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD master audio, Xtreamer Prodigy also features Apple AirPlay support streaming music, videos and photos to compatible devices around your house, Opera web browser, a Flash user interface (and Adobe Flash support as well), a SQL-Lite database for storing media info and a search function, DDns (Dynamic DNS for accessing the device from anywhere on the web), native keyboard / mouse support, DVD backup and so on, the device sounds more like a wishlist than a normal media streamer, and all this is promised for a rather low price of €119. We’ll see when it is released (about four days from now) if it lives up to its promises and we also promise to release a comprehensive review as soon as we can get our hands on one unit.

Online services are not left out of the equation either, Xtreamer Prodigy brings support for Last.fm, MLB.TV, Pandora, Yahoo Finance, YouTube XL, Facebook, SHOUTcast radio, Sky.FM, Flickr, Picasa, Wikipedia, Google Search and, very very interesting, Netflix support (altough the details are sketchy about this).

Hardware wise, Xtreamer prodigy is built around RTH Chipset 1185 which promises excellent support for 1080p MKV files and pretty much everything else under the sun.

Check after the break for a photo gallery and a video demonstrating the box in all its splendor. Read More…

Nook controls a quarter of eBooks and eReaders market

In a recent financial report covering the last quarter, Barnes & Noble disclosed that they are representing 25 percent of the eBook market in United States.
The number is actually larger that their share in physical books, which is quite surprising considering that Barnes & Noble has a bunch of stores in many parts of the country (and apparently they are considering opening more, especially where the recently bankrupt Borders will close their own stores).
Going back to the eReaders, it is obvious that in Barnes & Noble case, the strategy of building their own readers (and really nice ones) has paid off. Let’s be honest, Nook and Nook Color just look gorgeous, and, if you also rooted your Nook Color, there are soo many new possibilities for the $250 little tablet.
Read our articles about rooting them and converting Nook Color in a full featured Android tablet and you’ll see what I’m, talking about.

Roku media players / streamers get Rdio music streaming

We love Roku media streamers (see our full Roku review ), especially because they are one of the very very few boxes supporting Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video on Demand (and the new Amazon Prime Instant Streaming) together with hundreds of other TV/radio channels. Just added to their ever growing list is Rdio that allows unlimited music streaming, on-demand songs and playlists for between $4.99 / month for Rdio Web only  to $9.99 / month if you want to access it on other devices.

The Roku channel itself is as usual free to install and you can also have a free trial (for one week), no credit card required. Available in US and Canada, Rdio is not limited though to Roku boxes but can be used on Sonos, iPhone, Blackberry, Android phones and also Windows 7 sets as well. The simple remote works on Roku but for advanced queueing and song selection you’ll need a Web Bowser. Rdio service has access to 8 million tracks and social playlist .Rdio brings the following features:

– Build your music collection

– Listen to existing playlists Read More…