What does it mean for a DVD player such as the now-available I-O Data AVeL LinkPlayer2 to support Intel’s Media Center Viiv technology? Well, when combined with a Viiv technology-based PC, you’ll be able to access, share and manage your digital media on the computer through the LinkPlayer2. That’ll let you keep your Media Center PC in another room and still access all your TV recordings and other digital video, plus your music and photos. So that’s fun.
The unit will playback standard-def DVDs, but supports high-definition content recorded in Windows Media Video 9 (WMV9) HD, DivX HD, and MPEG2-TS (HD 720p/1080i). What’s weird though, is that while there is digital audio support (optical and coaxial) for 5.1-channel surround sound, there is no standard component or HDMI or DVI outputs. There is a D4 output that can be used as a component out with the appropriate cable. But otherwise you’re stuck with S-Video or composite. Boo. At least it comes with a nice remote control.
The LinkPlayer2 will be available this month at PC Mall and other retailers, as well as on the Internet with an MSRP of $279.
I-O Data AVel LinkPlayer2 [product site]