rampy-> Looks like a pretty cool bundle of SnapStream’s BeyondTV with a low-ish cost Diamond DVR hardware cards. Although calling it a “media center” is kinda confusing to me, marketing wise as that made me think it was a full STB integrated solution. Not that getting good quality software with a dvr card wouldn’t be a welcome change, just that dubbing it a media center has certain connotations in my mind.
Copy of press release in read more for the link following impaired:
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DIAMOND MULTIMEDIA LAUNCHES “XTREMETV” PVR MEDIA CENTER POWER-PACK EDITIONS.
PVR/TV Tuners Include MPEG-2 Hardware Acceleration As Well As “Beyond TV” From SnapStream Media and the Firefly PC Remote Control
Los Angeles, California – January 27, 2005 – Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of peripherals and accessories for getting the most out of PCs, today announced the launch of their new Diamond XtremeTV PVR TV Tuner products. XtremeTV includes both USB and PCI versions of the product, as well as special “Power Pack” editions that enable users to easily convert their standard PC into a high-end media center featuring a state-of-the-art interface and long-range RF universal PC remote control.
With XtremeTV, users can watch TV on their PC or laptop, pause and rewind live TV, use an integrated program guide to record shows with a single click, and burn shows to DVD. They can also take advantage of advanced features like using multiple TV tuners, setting recording remotely via the Internet, streaming shows from their PC to another computer either at home or at work, purchasing and downloading MP3’s and movies on their TV, and much more.
“We are very pleased to announce the launch of our new XtremeTV PVR/Media Center product family,” said Diamond Multimedia CEO, Bruce Zaman. “The Media Center market is undergoing rapid growth and we are taking a leadership position in helping customers take advantage of this exciting new technology.”
MPEG-2 Hardware Acceleration
Diamond XtremeTV PVR and TV tuner products feature the latest in digital video processing technology. The PVR 550 and PVR 600, for PCI and USB respectively, feature on-board MPEG-2 hardware acceleration for faster video encoding. This enables XtremeTV to provide outstanding visual quality even for processor-intensive tasks like timeshifting and pausing live TV, without putting a strain on the computer’s central processor.
Also, these products feature an RF (radio frequency) PC remote control which, unlike IR (infra-red) remote controls, can transmit signals through walls and even floors to a distance of up to 30 feet or more. Combined with the Beyond TV and Beyond Media, XtremeTV gives users a TV watching and recording experience that simply cannot be matched by any other PVR product.
The XtremeTV product family includes the following SKUs:
1. XtremeTV PVR600RC – USB PVR with MPEG-2 hardware acceleration in a sleek, compact design. Also includes Beyond TV and Beyond Media powered by SnapStream Media as well as the Firefly PC Remote Control – Suggested retail $149.
2. XtremeTV PVR550RC – PCI version of the PVR600RC, includes Beyond TV, Beyond Media, and Firefly PC Remote Control – Sugg. retail $129.
3. XtremeTV PVR550 – Same as PVR550RC without the bundled Firefly PC Remote Control – Sugg. retail $99.
4. XtremeTV TV200 – USB TV Tuner with remote control – Sugg. retail $79.
5. XtremeTV TV150 – PCI TV Tuner with remote control – Sugg. retail $49.
6. Firefly PC Remote Control – Standalone SKU of the Firefly PC Remote Control, awarded 4 out of 5 stars by PC Magazine – Sugg. retail – $49.
Partnership With SnapStream Media
Diamond also announced today a strategic partnership with SnapStream Media, leading provider of PVR interface software. Mr. Zaman, CEO of Diamond, said, “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with SnapStream Media. By including SnapStream’s Beyond TV and Beyond Media as well as their Firefly PC Remote Control with our ‘Power Pack’ Editions, we give customers a superior complete package to enjoy all the features and benefits of the media center on their PC.”
Tim Corcoran, SnapStream Media’s chief operating officer and senior vice president of sales said, “SnapStream is very excited to partner with Diamond Multimedia for the launch of XtremeTV. Diamond is well-known for manufacturing PC peripherals of the highest quality and value as well as providing outstanding customer service. We are confident Diamond will be a leader in the PVR/Media Center space for many years to come and we look forward to working with them to provide the best customer experience available.”
About Diamond Multimedia
For the past two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the graphics industry and key player in launching the multimedia revolution. Diamond provides superior quality advanced graphics and communications hardware solutions for home and business users, enabling them to create, access and experience compelling new media content from their desktops and through the Internet. Available through US-based retailers, resellers and systems integrators, Diamond products stand for performance, quality and value. Corporate headquarters are located in Chatsworth, California. For more information, visit www.diamondmm.com.