What's New: <i>ARN</i> looks at the latest products for the week commencing July 18.

What's New: <i>ARN</i> looks at the latest products for the week commencing July 18.

Netgear EVA8000

Originally announced at CES in Las Vegas in January, the EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD became available in Australia last month. It streams HD videos, music, Internet radio and digital photos from the PC and storage device to a high-definition television. The device automatically finds all the digital media files on the home computer and organises them into a library. Set-up is via an onscreen TV wizard and includes a High-Defi nition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) for HD video resolution up to 1080p. This enables the high definition playback of Windows Media Video 9 or MPEG-4 file formats at up to 1080p resolution on a user's HD TV. Windows Media DRM is also supported in order for users to playback protected downloaded content from major online services. Two or more Digital Entertainer HDs can be placed in different rooms to synchronise music throughout the house or pause a video in one room and resume it in another.

Distributed by BMS Technology, Ingram Micro, Express Online, Synnex and J Mills Distribution.
RRP: $599

NetComm NP200AV

The need for reliable content transmission from a PC with a broadband connection to the television - two entities not usually situated in close proximity - has led NetComm to develop the NP200AV. NetComm HomePlugs allow power circuits in a house or office to act like Ethernet cable and gives users a plug-andplay solution to move content from one location to another without the need for new cabling or rewiring. The NP200AV offers transfer speeds of up to 200Mbps for LAN networking with specific capabilities to serve applications including High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) video distribution, TV over IP (IPTV), networked digital video recorders (DVRs) and media centre PCs.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet, Todaytech, Multimedia Technology, Alepine and Also Technology.
RRP: $299

Altech Maestro Ultima 2

Altech's Maestro Media Centre is built on Intel's ViiV platform and features an Intel Core Duo E6420 CPU. The machine enables users to stream music through their entertainment centre, view and share photos on their television sets, burn and share recorded TV shows, videos and pictures to a DVD or CD, or transfer multimedia content to a notebook, MP3, portable media player or a PDA. The unit can also be set to record DVDs while in sleep mode. Users can manage entertainment content at their own pace with the freedom to plan their own TV schedules and the capability of using technological advances as they appear. Altech claims the Maestro system is flexible and built for the future with solutions in place to take advantage of technological advancements.
Distributed by Altech Computers.

Toshiba Qosmio G30

The Qosmio G30 is an ultra-high-performance notebook and a 4-in-1 entertainment centre. It features a high-definition digital TV tuner that also supports analogue TV and the first-ever HD DVD-R drive in a notebook, enabling users to play and burn high-definition content. For those who want to watch content on the notebook itself, it has a 17-inch, widescreen (UXGA) 1920 x 1280 display with 72 per cent colour saturation. Graphics performance is boosted by an Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 graphics card with 256MB (DDR2) of dedicated video memory. The Qosmio player bypasses the Windows operating system so users can get quick access to TV and digital entertainment at the touch of a button. Sound is driven by an advanced 1-bit digital amplifier - also promoted by Toshiba as the world's first-ever in a notebook. Dual 160GB hard-disk drives (320GB) round out the package.
Distributed by Ingram Micro.
RRP: $4499

Apple TV

Apple TV plays iTunes content, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts, wirelessly from a Mac or PC source on a user's TV. The base model has a 40GB hard drive which can store up to 50 hours of video, 9000 songs, 25,000 photos or a combination of each and is capable of delivering high-definition 720p output. A 160GB model was also recently unveiled. Wireless networking is achieved using AirPort 802.11 wireless networking technology. The unit can auto-sync content from one PC or stream content from up to five additional computers. It can connect to a broad range of widescreen TVs and home theatre systems as it comes standard with HDMI, component video, analogue and optical audio ports. The integration of iTunes lets users choose a range of content to stream through their TV. The included Apple Remote allows users to browse this content from more than 9m away from the device.
Distributed by Simms International, Express Online and Cellnet.
RRP: $449 (40GB); $579 (160GB)

Juniper Networks E120

This broadband services router mirrors the advanced feature set, high-performance and reliability of Juniper's E320 BSR in a smaller form factor. It enables service providers to quickly and cost-effectively extend multiplay services to untapped markets served by smaller points of presence. The service and subscriber-aware device can be used to determine which IPTV or video-on-demand channels viewers watch on a second-by-second basis. Delivering 120Gbps of capacity in a compact chassis - 50 per cent greater capacity than currently shipping competitive platforms - the E120 supports up to 64,000 individual subscribers, enabling providers to generate incremental revenue easily and efficiently. The E120 shares the same JUNOS operating system, line cards and interface modules as the widely-deployed E320. Benefits include ensured service consistency and reduced operational complexity and expenses.
Distributed by ChannelWorx.
RRP: Price on application

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