Media Center Extender goodness coming this week ..
You might have heard the buzz around the Media Center scene that at least four of the long awaited "PIKA" Media Center extenders are being launched this week (Thurs 27th) at the "Digital Life" expo in the US..
Anyhow you can tune in to a live webcast of the event at (thanks Mike for the info!) – or catch it afterwards on demand at : http://wm.istreamplanet.com/customers/ms/09272007_100k.asx
NYC 11:15 > 12:15 US EDT – THURSDAY – SEP 27 (thats 1:15am AUST EST FRIDAY for Australians)
I’m really hoping they are going to be able to bring these in at nice cheap prices – ideally sub AUD$200 – (which allow just enough WAF for me to have a few around the house).
I also caught a post on www.xpmediacentre.com.au (see picture/blurb below for more info) where someone had located some info/pics of the Linksys DMA -2100/2200 extenders (one with a DVD player and one basic model) – there’s also some links to hi-res pics down the bottom.
(Please note that this may not actually be one of the new extenders – but it’s looking likely)..
The DVD version has upscaling to HDMI - and it makes me think that if they had a BluRay or HDDVD model – they could potentially get a lot of extra sales from people wanting to upgrade to these new formats (in same manner Sony PS3 is also being bought by some for it’s BluRay player and not the gaming) – although there’s of course still plenty of people who will be pleased with the DVD inclusion.
Bring your digital music, movies and photos
to your TV or Home Theater
It’s great to store photos, music and movies on your computer. But it’s hard to share them with friends and family. What if you could view digital photos, movies and high definition programs on your TV, and listen to downloaded music on your home theater sound system? With the Linksys Media Center Extender you can!
Access digital content and Internet services from your Microsoft Windows Vista Premium or Ultimate Media Center PC and wirelessly stream it to your home entertainment system.
- Easily navigate menus with a single learning remote
- Built-in upscaling DVD player with the DMA2200
- Uses existing high-speed Wireless-N home network
Things are (maybe) starting to look good in media center land… can’t wait for Friday…