Category: Set-top-boxes

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A message to Boxee about the Boxee payments system

Posted by Charbax – January 20, 2010

I posted this comment to Avner Ronen's announcement about the upcoming Boxee payments system:

It was nice to film Boxee Box at CES.

And congratulations to them with all those people thinking they were the best of the show.

I wish the Boxee project good luck in revolutionizing the TV world. It’s a big deal though, I think that industry is not only a multi-trillion dollar industry worldwide, they also basically control the minds of people. TV stations are decisive in elections, they make or break politicians and one cannot become famous without TV.

While I am amazed to see all Boxee's cool TV remote interfaces work so smoothly on an ARM Powered Tegra2 device, I’d like to see confirmation that Boxee Box definitely support everything and all codecs on that platform. If they really will support all the same content sources such as Youtube HD, Hulu, all the podcasts, BitTorrent RSS and more.

Since Boxee is building an open system, perhaps the best way to implement pay-per-view would be to implement an open platform that not only supports Boxee payments but could support any other payment system where Boxee might not even see 1% of the transaction revenues. It’d probably be weird though for Boxee to be that open even on the payment opportunity side of things.

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Sheeva Plug 2.0 and Plug Computer 3.0 at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 19, 2010

Here is one of the cheapest NAS and home networked computer system available on the market. For less than $100 you get a Marvell powered plug computer which functions not only as a NAS, it can host a bunch of applications and runs on open source embedded Linux software.

Marvell slim desktop solution Ebox based on the Marvell Armada 510 processor

Posted by Charbax – January 18, 2010

Marvell is showing an awesome looking full Ubuntu 9.10 desktop solution, based on their Marvell Armada 510 processor and system on chip design, manufacturers can now make desktop computers running Ubuntu to be sold for as little as $100 to $150 depending on volumes and margins taken by retailers. You get HDMI output, e-sata, 3 USB ports, audio in/out, all integrated in one ultra slim and light desktop box. It can playback 1080p video, output 1080p Ubuntu user interfaces and also render 3D games like Quake3 at the same time. This ebox Ubuntu desktop example is manufactured by Quanta.

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Sling Media at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2010

Sling releases a new interesting type of Slingbox that connects to existing USB host port on DVRs and then enables to encode the TV channels and broadcast them in real-time over the Internet upload connection onto a Sling Player that the user would have on the Internet.

Marvell Armada 610 powers Android Tablet reference design

Posted by Charbax – January 9, 2010

Greg Stearman from Marvell showcases the amazing new Armada 610 processor from Marvell in a prototype reference design tablet that can run Windows Mobile or Android OS and which can playback 1080p video and render 3D graphics at the same time. Amazing stuff right here.

Boxee Box at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 8, 2010

Boxee now works on an ARM Cortex A9 Tegra2 based set-top-box, to be sold below $200, it plays all codecs, streams all sources of videos from the web and also comes with an awesome looking and smooth user interface. It also has 3 USB ports to connect a USB keyboard, USB hard drives and other peripherals. It is manufactured by D-Link, it is awesome.

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Nvidia Tegra 2 press conference at CES 2010

Posted by Charbax – January 8, 2010

Absolutely one of the most awesome press conferences of this year's CES so far, with Nvidia co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang talking about the huge ambition that Nvidia has with being the worlds first company to introduce ARM Cortex A9 technology with very powerful graphics hardware acceleration for Android Laptops and Tablets and many other devices.

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$30 USB video to HDMI/AV media player by Midte

Posted by Charbax – September 6, 2009

This little box only costs $30 when purchased in large quantities. There is also a $38 version with space for a 2.5" hard drive. optical audio output and USB slave connection.

BenQ Joybee GP1 mini Projector review

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2009

Review showing this very compact and light 3LED projector, one of the first in the world with built-in USB host functionality to playback DivX mpeg4 files from a USB flash memory or from a FAT32 formatted hard drive. It has great colors and performs great for its size. Having a built-in USB reader means you can play movies on it directly without the need to use a computer or a video player device to playback the video formats. Yet the BenQ Joybee GP1 mini projector does not yet support Mp3 audio nor AC3 audio in DivX/XviD Mpeg4 files, thus audio contents has to be re-encoded mostly thus far to the PCM or the AAC format. BenQ can update the firmware so I will update this description if I hear any confirmation by them that they are adding Mp3 audio support on it.

These type of super compact 3LED projectors are getting cheap enough, bright enough, sharp enough, with very nice colors and easy to use enough so I think that it may become a very popular product.

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