We’ve told you about XStreamHD once or twice before. You can forget the format war because we all know physical media is going down the pooper. I like where XStreamHD’s head is at with streaming 1080p video and 7.1 channels of DTS-HD Master Audio (lossless audio). But it does more then movies, too. You can watch TV, listen to your music and play games via satellite. Did I mention it acts as a DVR and it has an integrated PBX phone system for VoIP? And you can record three HD broadcasts at once. It even plays nice with DLNA devices like your PS3.
The system consists of three components: small outdoor antenna, media server and media receiver. It won’t be available until Q4 of this year, which really sucks, but it’ll be well worth the wait. It totally blows Vudu out of the water and maybe even Tivo. Storage sizes range from 500GB to 2TB and starts at $399. But don’t worry, you won’t be paying $1,000 for 1TB like you will with Vudu. The 2TB system will be under that price point.
# Satellite delivery of Full HD 1080p video, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4/H.264 in 4:3 or 16:9 screen formats
# Satellite delivery of up to 7.1 channels 96kHz/24bits of lossless DTS-HD™ Master Audio
# View four Full HD video streams simultaneously throughout the home
# Learns users’ choices and preferences to adopt their entertainment profile and continuously updates the Virtual Personal Library with titles they’re likely to enjoy
# Equipped with three ATSC tuners and a Network Video Recorder for viewing and recording three HDTV broadcasts at the same time – even while watching a fourth selection from your Virtual Personal Library™
# Patent Pending Adaptive Recording™ ensures accurate recording of HDTV programs from start to finish, even if broadcast schedules change or are delayed
# Easy-to-use on-screen menus to manage content preferences, parental controls, spending limits
# DLNA v1.5 certified to integrate all compatible devices on the XStreamHD network
# Dual slide-in drive bays enable scalable storage featuring Seagate® Technology hard drive storage – 500GB, 1 TB, 2 TB options – and the ability to configure an external storage subsystem via the eSATA interface
# Includes a feature-rich Personal PBX business-class phone system; also supports VoIP calls and offers free calls between XStreamHD subscribers
# Uses gigabit Ethernet (GigE) permitting the transfer of HD video and audio at 1 gbps throughout the home
# HDMI interface simplifies installation and ensures signal integrity for vibrant 1080p video
# Front panel USB port for MP3 audio downloads