Video Without Boundaries announced it is demonstrating its
breakthrough MediaReady 4000(TM) convergent Internet/DVD Player to OEM manufacturers at Computex Taipei 2003.
The MediaReady 4000, one of the world's first integrated consumer set-top devices, combines popular media entertainment options including DVD/MPEG-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 playback, feature-rich television, email, web surfing, karaoke, CD/MP3 playback and more, with an open source, Linux-based architecture that allows it to support virtually any kind of OEM configuration or upgrade.
Video Without Boundaries' MediaReady 4000 has partnered with Lung Hwa Electronics to produce the convergent device.
Defining the power of Video Without Boundaries' MediaReady 4000 is its on-board PC components and connection options. A disk drive storage unit, Ethernet 10/100BT wired and wireless connections, and USB 2.0 and 1394 hookups enable the MediaReady 4000 to store and/or access music, movies, TV programs, photos -- virtually any form of digital entertainment -- either from its integrated storage sources, or via one or more PCs located on a home network.
MediaReady 4000 supports the downloading of music, karaoke, and videotitles from the Internet for playback on a television or home theater system.
A browser interface, full-sized wireless keyboard, and wireless
remote control make navigation easy.
Similar in size to a standard DVD player, the MediaReady 4000 offers 5.1 Surround Sound, picture-in-picture capability, karaoke microphone jack, microphone, and other popular features.
The unit will begin shipping to retailers in the United States in Q4 of this year, and will carry a suggested retail price of $399.00 (U.S.).