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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 from
www.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.