Pinnacle released ShowCenter 1.5, the newest
version of its set-top digital media receiver. The new version adds personal
video recorder (PVR), Internet radio and enhanced usability features to its
already long list of capabilities. ShowCenter 1.5 is expected to be available
in retail channels in June 2004.
Pinnacle ShowCenter is a digital media receiver that connects to wireless
and wired home local area networks (LAN) and enables streaming of multimedia
files from any PC on the network to a television or home entertainment system
connected to ShowCenter. Using the ShowCenter remote control, consumers can
easily find and play their digital audio, video and photos stored on the PC.
When used in conjunction with a PC equipped with a Pinnacle PCTV tuner
card, ShowCenter 1.5 enables users to benefit from PVR features such as Time
Shifting, to pause live television, watch instant replays and skip through a
recording in progress, as well as easily program their PC to record their
favorite programs. Recordings are stored on the PC's hard drive and are
accessible from the ShowCenter TV-based interface. Users can also archive
recordings by burning them to CD or DVD in MPEG 2 format. The ShowCenter
1.5 PVR features are compatible with the PCTV Stereo, PCTV, PCTV Pro and PCTV
With ShowCenter 1.5, users can also listen to their favorite Internet
radio stations. ShowCenter 1.5 supports Internet radio stations compatible
with the ShoutCast standard.
Finally, ShowCenter 1.5 includes numerous usability enhancements such as
volume control via the ShowCenter remote, photo thumbnail view of albums and
slideshows, photo rotation, pan and zoom-in and color correction. Both the
ShowCenter Player and the ShowCenter PC application, now support an even wider
range of MPEG4 formats.