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Popcorn Hour A-200 networked media tank: $179 from Jan 18th

Popcorn Hour A-200 networked media tank: $179 from Jan 18th

Popcorn Hour have eschewed CES 2010 for their latest media player, and instead stealth-announced it on their user forum.  The Popcorn Hour A-200 is a compact set-top box that slots in-between the company's entry-level A-110 and flagship C-200; you lose the externally-accessed HDD/Blu-ray bay (though you can still internally mount a 2.5/3.5-inch HDD) but still get 1080p HD functionality and the company's new UI and app center.

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Boxee Box by D-Link demo

Boxee Box by D-Link demo

Boxee have already developed something of a cult following with the software incarnation of their media player, and with the unveil at CES 2010 of the standalone Boxee Box by D-Link we've a feeling they're about to go mainstream.  We stopped by to check out the latest version of Boxee, together with the Tegra 2 packing hardware D-Link have put together for it; you can see our hands on video after the cut.

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Boxee Box Tegra 2 confirmed; Boxee Beta goes public

Boxee Box Tegra 2 confirmed; Boxee Beta goes public

Now that the Boxee Box by D-Link is officially official, and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset is the same, Boxee can finally confirm that yes, they've used the low-power 1080p-capable Tegra T20 chip in their upcoming media streamer.  According to a new post on the Boxee blog, the dual-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU means the Boxee Box is capable of Adobe Flash 10.1 decoding, HD streaming and local 1080p playback.

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D-Link Pebble Media Player for local & network streaming

D-Link Pebble Media Player for local & network streaming

D-Link would like to point out that Sling Media aren't the only company who can do place-shifting with interestingly-designed hardware, and to that end the networking specialists have outed the D-Link Pebble Media Player at CES 2010.  A curvaceous lump with both HDMI and ethernet connectivity, the Pebble can stream media from across a network or play it from local memory cards or USB sticks.

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Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD media players announced

Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD media players announced

Iomega has announced their latest digital media devices, the Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD, ScreenPlay Plus HD and the ScreenPlay TV Link Director, each of which promise to funnel your video, audio and image content onto your HDTV.  The top-spec ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player has 1TB of onboard storage together with an ethernet connection for DLNA streaming playback across a network; there are also three USB 2.0 ports, for plugging in external storage, a USB WiFi adapter or cameras for direct playback.

It supports up to 1080p HD 24fps video playback in H.264, WMV and MKV formats (among others) in addition to streaming YouTube, Shoutcast radio, RSS feeds and podcasts.  The Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD will arrive in the US later in January 2010, priced at $249.

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Personal Television is a little blurry for now

Personal Television is a little blurry for now

In a world that's short on all sorts of resources from oil and gas to water, recently we've been asked to cut down our use yet more. Last week, Ralph de la Vega said heavy users of music over data on the AT&T wireless network were bandwidth hogs, that 3% of smartphone users were using 40% of his capacity and frankly, we need to all cut back just a bit. Spectrum is among the few things that they're not making any more of and, with more users than ever, it's going to be hard to come up with the capacity needed to keep everyone happy. One solution to this is to shift some of the capacity off of current networks and come up with new broadcast models for content distribution. The folks at FloTV have done just that. The service has been around for a bit, mostly on handsets from AT&T that carry support for the service. In a reverse trend the FloTV folks have gone from the phone to creating a dedicated device for the service.

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MSI MT-V660 PMP looks to Zune HD for design inspiration

MSI MT-V660 PMP looks to Zune HD for design inspiration

We're not wanting to point fingers here, but we couldn't help but notice some striking design similarities between the new MSI MT-V660 PMP and Microsoft's Zune HD; still, given the number of iPod copycats we've seen over the years, having your industrial design "borrowed" is now practically a sign that you've arrived.  Appearance aside, the MT-V660 gets a 3.2-inch display, TV output and a reasonably broad range of codec support thanks to the Rockchip RK2806 chipset.

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