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ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 adds WiFi-N to 1080p media streamer

ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 adds WiFi-N to 1080p media streamer

Back when ASUS announced their O!Play HDP-R1 media streamer in June 2009 we criticized it for leaving out WiFi.  Now the company have launched a new version, and the ASUS O!Play Air HDP-R3 does indeed bring WiFi 802.11n to the table.  The HDP-R3 is capable of playing back local 1080p HD content from attached memory sticks and hard-drives, as well as sucking streaming content over your high-speed wireless network.

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Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Planex MZK-WDPR Rugby router/touchscreen media player

Remember the unusually rugby-ball shaped Qisda router that was spotted leaping through the FCC back in early December?  The touchscreen media-player-cum-router has now been spotted - on sale - in Japan, as the Planex MZK-WDPR "Rugby" wireless network router.  As the Qisda manual suggested, the wireless networking device supports WiFi b/g/n, has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen and can play YouTube videos, locally stored media and internet radio stations.

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Hulu $4.99 paywall rumored: Could this pave way to official Boxee support?

Hulu $4.99 paywall rumored: Could this pave way to official Boxee support?

Mutterings of premium content continue to sweep across the streaming media space, with Hulu the latest to be tipped as preparing to move some of the more popular shows behind a paywall.  The news - which suggests Hulu are considering asking a $4.99 per month subscription for older episodes of shows like 30 Rock, Modern Family and House - comes after Boxee announced their own plans to launch premium content over the summer.

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Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee adding paid-content support Summer 2010

Boxee have announced that they intend to add payments support to their media center platform, allowing users to purchase pay-per-view and subscription content from the company's media partners.  Expected to roll out over the Summer, the payments system will work in tandem with the existing free content, with media owners able to charge for none, some or all of their offerings.

Iomega iConnect hands-on

Iomega iConnect hands-on

We called Iomega's iConnect a Pogoplug derivative back when the company announced it last week, but having caught up with the company at CES 2010 it seems we may have been a bit too harsh.  Ostensibly a straightforward way to get USB storage hooked up to your network, in fact sharing HDDs and flash drives is just one string to the iConnect's bow.  Check out our demo video and more details after the cut.

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