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New Set-Top Combines TiVo, Slingbox, Roku Functions

8/02/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern
SAN MATEO, CALIF. — A device that is supposed to perform the functions of three other set-top boxes, and a few more, is set for shipment this month.

Monsoon Multimedia is shipping the Vulkano in August, whose claimed features include the functions of TiVo, Slingbox and Roku devices.

The Vulkano, which debuted during International CES this year, is an integrated hardware and software platform that has a video processor and local storage.

The 8GB Vulkano will cost $259; the 16GB will be $279; 500GB, $349; and the 1TB, $379.

Initially Vulkano wil l be sold through www.myvulkano.com, Amazon. com, leading retailers and e-tailers, and through strategic OEMs, the company said. Vulkano will be generally available on Aug. 10 through selected e-tailers, retailers and distributors worldwide.

When connected to a set-top box and a TV, the Vulkano enables “a complete video experience across Android, Black- Berry, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and the living room TV. Vulkano allows users for the first time to experience across Android, BlackBerry, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and the living room TV. Vulkano allows users for the first time to experience their TV channels, videos and photos on whichever screen they want, when they want it,” the company said in a statement.

By downloading a free software application on to their device fromwww.myvulkano.com, or for the iPhone/iPad from the Apple App store and installing a Vulkano, consumers can watch and control any home TV channel through a wired, Wi-Fi or 3G connection from anywhere in the world, Monsoon explained.

Consumers can schedule a recording through an included electronic program guide and transfer and watch these recordings at any time on their TV, computers, smartphones or iPad-type devices. Software players for PCs/Macs and iPads also come with pause/live functions.

By using universal plug and play, Vulkano users can stream video and photos from their smartphones, computers and cameras wirelessly onto their living room TV without having to use cables.

In the near future, Vulkano will offer free service upgrades such as Google TV, Yahoo! Widgets, Netflix, Hulu and others.
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