LaCie has updated their LaCinema HD media streamer lineup with the new Play and Record models. As the names imply, the former can playback media while the latter can also function as an HD DVR.
Both of these wireless media players can stream 1080p media from the network to your TV and upscale standard def movies to 1080i. They also come with either 500GB or 1TB of internal storage. However, the Record has added DVR capability for anyone looking to ditch the set top box altogether. Exact pricing and a release date has not been made available, but it appears that prices will start at $US430.
LaCie Enhances the LaCinema Black Series:
LaCinema Black PLAY and RECORD
* Easy-to-use wireless HD media players
* Play HD movies, photos, and music on your HDTV
* Access digital content on your home network
* Control your TV experience: play, pause and record
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Today LaCie announced the latest products to expand their range of Wireless HD media players - LaCinema Black PLAY and LaCinema Black RECORD, Design by Neil Poulton. The new LaCinema Black products are built to optimise how consumers access and play content right from their HDTV.
Access all your media
LaCinema Black PLAY and RECORD provide the latest in home networking capabilities. Users can choose from a direct network connection, or use the built-in Wi-Fi connection, making it easy to store music, movies and photos from any computer on the local network. A built-in UPnP client player makes it fast and easy for users to access media content from a networked PC or Mac from anywhere in the home.
Built for High Definition
Designed with High Definition in mind, LaCinema Black PLAY and RECORD allow users to watch downloaded HD movies and television programs directly on the television. Promoting a greater use of HDTVs, these new products are capable of decoding 1080p resolution movies, HD JPEG photos and 1080i upscaling of Standard Definition movies. Consumers can enjoy movies with more detail, clarity and sharpness, making the LaCinema Black products a vital part of their viewing and entertainment experience. Users can even enable surround sound through the optical audio output.
LaCinema Black RECORD features Digital Video Recorder (DVR) technology, which allows users to record, pause, and rewind their favourite TV shows with the support of a connected set-top box or cable converter.
"Now that families are beginning to consume masses of digital content, they need a multimedia device that will allow them to easily store and play their favourite content right from their existing home entertainment center," said Patrick Salin, LaCie Multimedia Business Unit Manager. "With LaCinema Black products, users can access media over their network, listen to music, sort photos, record TV programs, and ultimately get the desired experience from their media collection - all from one product."
Easy use for the entire family
With the help of an intuitive user interface, families can easily browse their media, creating photo slideshows or music playlists with the touch of a button. LaCinema Black products also come with a parental control feature to password-protect files, allowing parents to centralize and secure their multimedia content with confidence.
The LaCinema Black PLAY and RECORD are available starting at 500GB* and support a broad variety of file formatting options. They are capable of storing up to 710 movies, 165,000 songs, 500,000 photos, or 250 hours of recording**. USB ports for peripherals allow users to expand capacity, or store their photos and videos by directly connecting video and digital cameras.
The LaCinema Black is available through the LaCie Online Store or LaCie resellers at the suggested retail price starting at $429.99. For more product information, visit www.lacie.com.