CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta - Niveus Media of Fremont, Calif.,
will go to the CEDIA Expo here with a newly launched networked media player,
which is based on the Windows Vista Premium OS and incorporates built-in DVD/Blu-ray drive.
The new Zone Pro at
$1,999 is three times faster than the company's $1,499 DVD/BD-equipped
Zone player because it uses an 80GB solid-state hard drive in lieu of a
mechanical hard drive with less capacity, said CEO Tim Cutting. Each Zone's
hard drive is used primarily to support the Vista OS but can be used to store
music and photos as well as recorded TV programming when connected to an
optional Niveus Digital Cable Receiver with CableCard tuner.
Zone players network
with other Zone players to share content with one another, included time-shifted
cable programming, but they also stream content from a Niveus' networked Cargo
16-bay Storage Server or from networked servers based on the Windows Home Server
technology. With the Zone Pro and new upgrades to the Zone, HD cable content
can also be shared, the company said.
On the Cargo server,
consumers store music, photos, PC video, and copied DVD
and Blu-ray content. Although the Cargo lacks its own DVD/BD
drive, discs can be copied to the Cargo via the drive-equipped Zone players. Although
copy-protected DVDs and Blu-ray discs can be copied to the Cargo, they can be
played back on the Zone players only if consumers install software that Niveus
does not provide.
The Niveus system is
promoted as Managed Copy-ready so that future Blu-ray discs with Managed Copy
technology can be copied in an authorized way to a Cargo server.
All of the products
are upgradable to Windows 7.