BenQ and Mediabolic introduced a family of high-definition LCD televisions with built-in network media player capabilities.
Designed as an OEM solution for TV and consumer electronics manufacturers, the
BenQ Network LCD TV product line includes 11 different models ranging in size
from 14 to 46 inches and will have on-board Ethernet ports with optional
wireless (802.11 a/b/g) connectivity. Adding networking capabilities to TVs
allows consumers to access music, photo, and video files stored on a PC,
network-attached storage (NAS) device, or other servers from anywhere within
the home. In addition, the new product line is designed to give users the
ability to access remoted applications on the PC and Internet applications so
they can view premium content.
"We saw the market potential for network TV solutions and designed our LCD TV
board to incorporate the powerful Philips PNX1502 media processor and
Mediabolic's DLNA-compliant player software to deliver a tightly integrated
solution," said Peter Chen, vice president and general manager of the Digital
Media Business Group at BenQ Corporation. "The BenQ Network LCD TV product line
will help our OEM customers differentiate their own products because it gives
them the ability to offer entire families of television sets with networking
capabilities - not just one or two models."
Powered by the Philips Nexperia PNX1502 media processor and the network media
player software from Mediabolic, the BenQ Network LCD TV brings together the TV
and home network to create a unified, lean-back, 10-foot user experience. It
can present PC and Internet applications optimized for TV viewing to the
consumer using a remote control to navigate options, rather than a keyboard or
mouse. These applications include playback of personal entertainment content,
including music, photos, and videos, plus access to remoted applications that
deliver premium content services such as full-length movies and real-time news
The BenQ Network LCD TV supports decoding of many leading audio, image, and
video formats and codecs. It supports standard-definition (SD) to
high-definition (HD) up-conversion with motion-adaptive de-interlacing, and
integrates an LCD controller and advanced graphics engine. It also integrates a
10/100 Ethernet controller and optionally supports wireless 802.11 a/b/g
networking. Its Mediabolic software architecture is tested to comply with
digital home interoperability standards, including Universal Plug and Play
(UPnP), Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), and Intel's Networked Media
Product Requirements (NMPR), plus emerging DRM technologies, and major media
Availability and Sales Inquiries
The BenQ family of Network LCD TVs is available immediately for OEM customers.
TV manufacturers interested in specification and pricing information should
contact Michael Goan (michaelgoan@BenQ.com). TV manufacturers in Japan should
contact William Y. Wei (williamywei@BenQ.com).