Video Without Boundaries has announced the debut of the MediaReady
Internet/DVD Player (VWB-3000), an easy-to-use home entertainment
device that makes it possible to surf the Web, send email, watch
DVD videos, and even sing karaoke from any television.
Similar in size and appearance to a conventional DVD player, MediaReady
combines a DVD player and Web browser with a full-sized wireless
keyboard, a media player for playback of Web-based streaming media,
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, picture-in-picture capability,
a karaoke microphone jack, and other features that enable consumers
to access all popular forms of home entertainment from the comfort
of their couch. The DVD player supports CDs, VCDs, SVCDs and CDs
with MP3 files as well as DVDs, allowing users to play the latest
video and audio.
An official release informs that MediaReady supports all forms
of Internet connection including 56 kbps modem, dynamic DSL and
cable modems, and 10/100 Base-T Ethernet. The built-in Web browser
includes SSL 3.0 for secure online shopping. MediaReady turns any
television into a convergent home entertainment device. Now it's
possible to watch TV while surfing the Internet, or easily read
and respond to email, from the convenience of a living room chair.
MediaReady also forms the basis of a state-of-the-art home theater
system, thanks to its Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound capability.
MediaReady's VWB Internet PIP(TM) picture-in-picture feature allows
users to multi-task their favorite pastimes, such as viewing the
Web while watching a DVD movie or television programme. The product
supports the most popular inkjet and laser printers, . It is also
compatible with the optional VWB Digital Camera, making it easy
to add photos to outgoing email.
MediaReady's Intel Mobile Pentium 266 MHz MMX processor with 64
MB flash storage and 128 MB DRAM deliver powerful Internet and email
capability. A user-friendly, TV-optimized user interface allows
even first- time users to navigate with ease. The unit also ships
with a remote control, microphone, and all cables needed for easy
Video Without Boundaries claims to be a leader in the converging
digital media on demand, enhanced home entertainment and emerging
interactive consumer electronics markets. VWB is focused on home
entertainment media products and solutions that enhance the consumer
experience, while providing new revenue opportunities for online
music and movie content providers. VWB and its subsidiaries, are
leading suppliers of broadband products, services and content including
its ability to deliver broadcast quality digital video and web interactivity
at transfer rates as low as 56K.