Linksys launches DVD player with multimedia adaptor

Two of the hottest consumer technology trends will come together early this year in a combined DVD player and wireless multimedia adapter from Cisco Systems’ Linksys division, introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Linksys DVD Player with Wireless-G Media Link (WMLD54G) plugs into a TV and home stereo via standard composite, component or S-video cables. It operates normally as a DVD player but can also bring in streaming audio and video and still images from a PC over an 802.11g wireless LAN, according to the company.

Users will be able to stream video files in MPEG2, MPEG4 and Divx formats and audio files in MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) formats from a PC or other storage device to the TV or stereo. The files can be sent over the wireless LAN or over wired 10/100M bps Ethernet. The 802.11g standard allows for a maximum carrying capacity of 54Mbps.

Users can also send digital photos from a wirelessly connected device for viewing on the TV, along with music to accompany them. Viewing and listening can be controlled using the included remote control.

The DVD player can even be linked directly to an Internet connection, over either a wired or wireless connection, and stream music from Internet radio stations without the need for a PC, according to Linksys.

The device would go on sale through resellers, at stores and online before the end of March, priced under $US300, Linksys spokesperson, Karen Sohl, said.