Nero debuts today two new additions to its product portfolio: Nero Move it and Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC. In addition, Nero launches Nero 9, the latest version of the popular digital media suite.
Nero, and TiVo the unveilled today Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC. This new offering allows consumers to enjoy Tivo television and recording functions directly from the PC.
The kit will cost $199 when it goes on sale Oct. 15, and includes a remote and a TV tuner that plugs into the PC, a TV tuner card to allow television signals to be received by the PC; and an IR Blaster to create a wireless, infrared connection between the cable or satellite box and the PC.
The interface on the computer screen looks just like the one on a TV equipped with a TiVo box.
"For more than a decade, the world's largest mobile and consumer electronics brands have trusted Nero for technology leadership and category creation," said Udo Eberlein, CEO, Nero AG. "Now, with Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC, we are providing a next-generation DVR application that integrates the renowned TiVo service with the PC. This solution is truly a platform on which our vision for liquid media - where content can be easily accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device -- will become a reality."
The Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC will go on sale initially in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It will also launch in Britain next year. Britain is the only European country where TiVo currently has subscribers.
For people who already have a tuner-equipped PC, Nero will sell the TV recording software separately, for $99. Either way, buyers will get a one-year subscription to TiVo's program guide updates. Renewal will cost $99 per year.
The renewal cost sets the product apart from the digital video recording features of Windows Vista, which has a free program guide. However, Nero and TiVo are counting on the popularity of the TiVo interface and brand to overcome that hurdle.
LiquidTV will also allow users to transfer shows recorded on other TiVo devices in the home to the PC's hard drive, and bring shows out of the home, either on a laptop's drive or on an iPod or PlayStation Portable. LiquidTV also allows users to burn shows onto DVDs if the computer has a DVD burner.
Nero also today announced the release of Nero 9, the next generation of one of popular integrated digital media and home entertainment software solution. Nero 9 gives consumers ONE solution to create, edit, rip, copy, backup, convert and share their music, videos and photos within their connected digital home, on online communities or on portable devices.
Nero 9 features an enhanced, easy-to-use user interface. The Nero StartSmart intuitive command center, now integrates new playback, ripping, burning, copying and backup functions with one-click tabs for quick completion of digital tasks. In addition, Nero StartSmart now offers Autobackup, an automatic backup function accessed directly through Nero StartSmart one-click tabs. New file playback capabilities have also been included within Nero StartSmart for music, videos and photos, and ability to create playlists. Furthermore, Nero StartSmart now integrates Gracenote music recognition service providing song and artist information for audio files.
Capture video from AVCHD camcorders and create stunning movies with 3D animated menu templates for a professional presentation. New tape-scan feature allows quick previews and scene selections from digital (DV) or high-definition videos (HDV) for the seamless import of video into creative projects, saving time and hard drive space. Easily burn high definition projects with high definition menu templates to AVCHD Disc using standard recordable DVD media - save time and ensure quality with Nero's SmartEncoding for AVCHD. In addition, Nero now offers Blu-ray Disc Authoring Plug-in online enabling high-definition menu authoring and burning of HD video to Blu-ray Disc, ensuring playback on Playstation 3 and other Blu-ray Disc players.
Nero 9's multimedia player, Nero ShowTime, now incorporates a new look and playback design as well as convenient docking and stand-by modes of both the browser window and playlists. The playback options now include Gracenote music services providing song and artist information as well as album art, shuffle playback for playlist and audio CD tracks plus support for latest digital formats.
New Video Editing Options
Nero 9 provides video editing tools to allow for greater personalization of home videos and slideshows. The new Ad Spotter detects and removes commercials from a movie and joins the movie content pieces seamlessly together. The new Music Grabber feature identifies music clips in a movie or music video and automatically extracts the audio, to save as MP3 and add to playlist. The new Movie Wizard allows creativity with an easy-to-use library of templates including themes for special occasions like birthdays, holidays and weddings, plus soundtracks and special effects.
Live TV experience
Nero Live is a new addition to Nero 9 for the viewing of live TV on the PC. As a stand-alone application or to enhance Windows Media Center, Nero Live makes it easy to watch live TV/HDTV, record TV shows, watch two channels at once with Picture-in-Picture capabilities, time shift for up to 60-minutes, listen to DVB radio, and watch live TV in Windows Vista Sidebar with Nero Live Gadget.
Autobackup and Data Protection
The new Autobackup feature in Nero 9 allows users to backup digital entertainment content from their PCs including files, folders, drives, and even the entire system via a simple wizard interface that leads consumers through a scheduling process for backing up and saving content - offline or online. Also offered with Nero 9 is Nero BackItUp 4 which allows consumers to protect against a system crash or accidental loss of important data by providing easy disaster recovery and backup password protection for extra security. With Nero RescueAgent technology integrated into Nero 9, securely recover data from damaged or scratched discs, hard drives, USB and flash sticks, and other memory devices.
Nero 9 is currently available worldwide with a suggested retail price of €69,99 and online at www.nero.com. The Blu-ray Disc Authoring Plug-in will be sold as a downloadable product at www.nero.com for €6,99. Current Nero consumers can upgrade to Nero 9 online at a special discounted price at www.nero.com.
Nero Move It
With the introduction of Nero Move it, even the most non-technical consumer can easily convert music, videos, and photos from one file format to another for use across a broad range of portable devices.
All a user needs to do is plug their portable device into their PC and select the output. Nero Move it instantly recognizes the device and with a few clicks of the mouse, files are converted into the desired format for easy transfer between PCs, digital cameras, mobile phones, game devices and online communities such as My Nero, YouTube and MySpace.
Nero Move it automatically syncs with the world's most popular portable devices, allowing for the transfer of one file to multiple devices simultaneously. Offline transcoding allows for the preparation and staging of content when the device is not plugged in. This ensures that when users are ready to synchronize devices, that the converted content can be quickly shared.
Nero Move it is currently available worldwide at suggested retail price of €49,99 and online at www.nero.com.