Toshiba announces a trio of Digital Media Frames, we go hands-on


At an event today in NYC at Rockefeller Center, Toshiba unveiled their new line of Digital Media Frames. Toshiba has partnered up with FrameChannel to bring live content to an otherwise static digital photo frame. With over 1000 free channels, the Toshiba Digital Media Frames can stream live traffic updates, weather, Flickr streams, Facebook updates, New York Times headlines, etc. all on an 8- or 10-inch frame. Due out next month for $180 and $230, respectively. Oh, the 8-inch model comes in white or black.

It’s a digital frame with live content. Not groundbreaking, but they sure look purdy. So long as the content from FrameChannel is updated and worthwhile, I don’t see a problem with these moving off the shelves. And besides, the Barefoot Contessa had these in her “Kitchen of the Year.” That lady sure makes a mean filet sandwich and cornbread topped with cheddar. Oh, the chicken salad was also divine. Damn, I should have had more.


‘House Beautiful Magazine’s Kitchen of the Year’, New York — July 20, 2009 — Toshiba America Consumer Products L.L.C. (“Toshiba”), a market leader in home entertainment products, today announced cutting-edge advancements for today’s connected home. Taking photo sharing to new heights, Toshiba’s Digital Media Frames deliver real-time information through its partnership with FrameChannel®, such as personalized weather, traffic, and sports scores as well as music and video to any room in the connected home.

Toshiba is creating a new trend-setting product category with its new Digital Media Frame models. Picture the possibilities of a fun, interactive product that not only displays photos but also makes it possible for users to automatically share priceless memories with friends and family anywhere in the world thanks to FrameChannel®. Simply set up a FrameChannel® account and upload images or link favorite photos, music and videos from popular sites like Flickr®, Photobucket®, and Facebook®. Friends and family can stay updated with new photos when their frames are connected to the account.

“Toshiba is dedicated to creating innovative and entertaining products to enhance the needs of today’s connected home,” said Jodi Sally, Vice President of Marketing, Digital A/V Group. “Through Toshiba’s partnership with FrameChannel®, our new Digital Media Frames allow the user to not only display and share photos, but also customize their frame with personalized digital content, all in one sleek package.”

Not Just a Photo Frame
The feature-packed channels available through Toshiba’s FrameChannel® partnership can be customized to an individual’s passions. Currently there are over 1000 free channels to choose from in 19 categories with selections like, Men’s Tennis, 3-Day Forecast, Stock Quotes and Facebook®, to name a few. Users can subscribe to their favorite channels and their Toshiba Digital Media Frame will automatically update with real-time information.

“FrameChannel® was created to provide a wide range of personalized content to the next generation of digital devices,” said Alan Phillips, co-founder and CEO of Frame Media. “With over one thousand current channels, FrameChannel® subscribers can find virtually anything they’re looking for and Toshiba’s new Digital Media Frames take this market to the next level with their intuitive interface and great looking design.”

In a true function meets fashion manner, Toshiba’s tradition of high-gloss design and brilliant screens adorn the frames; Toshiba’s Digital Media Frames offer rich, vibrant, high-resolution screens that make photos pop with crisp color. A tilt senor automatically adjusts to view photos in portrait or landscape formats when the frame is turned on. Easy-to-navigate home screens boast touch sensitive controls that light up when pressed. Home screens are customizable with a calendar, clock and streamed online feature channels to match personal interests and hobbies.

The new Digital Media Frames were announced at House Beautiful Magazine’s Kitchen of the Year in New York City, an event celebrating the intersection of dining, entertaining and design. Kitchen of the Year is an ideal venue to showcase how Toshiba’s Digital Media Frames can seamlessly bring engaging content to every room of the digital home.

Toshiba’s Digital Media Frames come in two sizes – 8-inch frames available in black (DMF82XKU) or white (DMF82XWU) with an acrylic front finish and eye-catching reflective trim and black 10-inch frames (DMF102XKU) offering a striking faceplate design and a slim profile.

Pricing and Availability:

Digital Media Frames
White 8-inch Frame, DMF82XWU (available August 2009, MSRP $179.99)
Black 8-inch Frame, DMF82XKU (available August 2009, MSRP $179.99)
Black 10-inch Frame, DMF102XKU (available August 2009, MSRP $229.99)