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Ucentric Readies A/V, Data Network

3/11/2002 02:00:00 AM Eastern

Ucentric Systems expects a second-half commercial rollout of a home-network platform that distributes audio, video and data throughout the house from a hard-drive-equipped set-top box that will be marketed initially by cable operators.

The platform has been in field trials for more than a year. At least one cable operator will deploy it, said product management director Tim Collins.

Ucentric software will appear in a cable box that incorporates a cable modem, Web browser, streaming Internet audio and video capability, and a hard drive, which operates as a PVR and an MP3 jukebox.

Audio, video and data will be distributed via wired Ethernet, wireless Wi-Fi 802.11b, HomePNA, and HomePNA over coax. Simultaneously, consumers will be able to stream multiple independent sessions of recorded video and MP3 audio to multiple rooms in the house.

The device also makes it unnecessary for consumers to add a cable box to each TV to access premium or pay-per-view cable channels.

The device could be built to support internal DVD/CD player or connection to a DVD/CD changer whose discs could be accessed from multiple rooms.

The system will support a single high-definition stream.

Advertised Home-Theater-In-A-Box Price January 2002
Brand/ModelNo. Of Ads$ Low$ High$ Median
BOSE LIFESTYLE-321217998.00999.99999.00
SONY DAVS-500171479.00599.99599.99
PIONEER HTD-510DV166497.00499.99499.99
PIONEER HTD-510118497.00499.99499.99
SONY DAVC-700111598.88699.99699.99
RCA RT-2280104299.00299.99299.99
SONY HTDDW-83093339.00399.99399.99
SONY HT-5100D92698.00699.99699.99
PANASONIC SCDK-1068299.00499.99449.97
YAMAHA YHT-2468698.00699.99699.99
VENTURER STS-31S68199.99269.99234.99
PHILIPS MX-995D60599.99599.99599.99
SONY HT-1300D60599.97599.99599.99
KLH DVD-3358199.92199.92199.92
ONKYO LSV-92558798.88899.99899.99
PANASONIC SCHT-7053399.00449.99449.99
KENWOOD HTB-20448249.99299.97249.99
AUDIOVOX DVD-31AAST48219.99219.99219.99
RCA RT-250043399.00399.99399.99
SONY DAVL-810041899.95999.97899.97
Based on advertising in more than 100 U.S. newspapers. Packages and systems excluded from statistics to create a more accurate average.
Source: Beyen, Niagara Falls, N.Y. ©TWICE 2002

Advertised Receiver Prices January 2002
Brand/ModelNo. Of Ads$ Low$ High$ Median
SONY STRDE-575124199.97999.99249.99
SONY STRDE-675119299.00299.99299.99
PIONEER VSXD-51090149.00199.92199.92
SONY STRDE-47589179.97199.99199.99
TECHNICS SAEX-1407849.90129.99129.95
SONY STRDE-97574498.88499.99499.99
SONY STRDE-87573299.00399.99399.95
AIWA AVD-5861169.99179.00169.99
PIONEER VSXD-810S60399.99399.99399.99
KLH R-30005879.9279.9279.92
KENWOOD VR-50555169.00199.99179.99
KENWOOD AR-40452119.97127.00119.99
TECHNICS SADX-95050149.99229.99199.99
SONY STRDB-107049699.00799.95699.99
DENON AVR-280245799.00799.99799.99
HARM.KARDON AVR-12043398.00399.99399.99
KENWOOD VR-50740269.99298.00269.99
ONKYO TXDS-59540498.88499.99499.99
SHERWOOD RX-41033674.9974.9974.99
YAMAHA RXV-52033299.98399.95399.95
Based on advertising in more than 100 U.S. newspapers. Packages and systems excluded from statistics to create a more accurate average.
Source: Beyen, Niagara Falls, N.Y. ©TWICE 2002

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