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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/Model No. Of Ads $ Low $ High $ Median
BOSE LIFESTYLE-321 217 998.00 999.99 999.00
SONY DAVS-500 171 479.00 599.99 599.99
PIONEER HTD-510DV 166 497.00 499.99 499.99
PIONEER HTD-510 118 497.00 499.99 499.99
SONY DAVC-700 111 598.88 699.99 699.99
RCA RT-2280 104 299.00 299.99 299.99
SONY HTDDW-830 93 339.00 399.99 399.99
SONY HT-5100D 92 698.00 699.99 699.99
PANASONIC SCDK-10 68 299.00 499.99 449.97
YAMAHA YHT-24 68 698.00 699.99 699.99
VENTURER STS-31S 68 199.99 269.99 234.99
PHILIPS MX-995D 60 599.99 599.99 599.99
SONY HT-1300D 60 599.97 599.99 599.99
KLH DVD-33 58 199.92 199.92 199.92
ONKYO LSV-925 58 798.88 899.99 899.99
PANASONIC SCHT-70 53 399.00 449.99 449.99
KENWOOD HTB-204 48 249.99 299.97 249.99
AUDIOVOX DVD-31AAST 48 219.99 219.99 219.99
RCA RT-2500 43 399.00 399.99 399.99
SONY DAVL-8100 41 899.95 999.97 899.97
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/Model No. Of Ads $ Low $ High $ Median
SONY STRDE-575 124 199.97 999.99 249.99
SONY STRDE-675 119 299.00 299.99 299.99
PIONEER VSXD-510 90 149.00 199.92 199.92
SONY STRDE-475 89 179.97 199.99 199.99
TECHNICS SAEX-140 78 49.90 129.99 129.95
SONY STRDE-975 74 498.88 499.99 499.99
SONY STRDE-875 73 299.00 399.99 399.95
AIWA AVD-58 61 169.99 179.00 169.99
PIONEER VSXD-810S 60 399.99 399.99 399.99
KLH R-3000 58 79.92 79.92 79.92
KENWOOD VR-505 55 169.00 199.99 179.99
KENWOOD AR-404 52 119.97 127.00 119.99
TECHNICS SADX-950 50 149.99 229.99 199.99
SONY STRDB-1070 49 699.00 799.95 699.99
DENON AVR-2802 45 799.00 799.99 799.99
HARM.KARDON AVR-120 43 398.00 399.99 399.99
KENWOOD VR-507 40 269.99 298.00 269.99
ONKYO TXDS-595 40 498.88 499.99 499.99
SHERWOOD RX-4103 36 74.99 74.99 74.99
YAMAHA RXV-520 33 299.98 399.95 399.95
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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