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VidaBox Begins Shipping LiivNAS

9/05/2012 08:00:00 PM Eastern

INDIANAPOLIS – VidaBox will begin shipping during CEDIA Expo its LiivNAS entry-level storage system designed to archive movies and music for multi-room distribution.

The LiivNAS, which will be on display at the Dune- HD booth No. 5290, is said to differ from conventional network-attached storage devices by adding a built-in Drop-n-Rip disc drive for easy archiving of unencrypted CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

VidaBox does not ship any decrypters with the Liiv- NAS device, and out of the box will only rip unencrypted material. Users would have to get decrypter software from a third-party source to rip most Blu-ray and DVD feature films. However, VidaBox will offer no instructions, support or recommendations on engaging in that activity, according to a company spokesman.

The system uses metadata tagging to automatically label content for archival, and is made available to compatible media player devices such as those made by Dune HD for movies and Sonos for music, the company said.

Integration with Control4 is available as an option, displaying movie and music cover art with metadata on any Control4 touchpanel, iOS or Android device, or TV OSD interface.

Support for additional control systems will follow in the near future.

Steven Cheung, VidaBox president, said the LiivNAS was designed as an “afforadable multi-room video and audio” storage and distribution system. It will retail for “less than half of cost” of the company’s current entrylevel servers and stores up to 330 DVDs or 80 Blu-rays.

Users need only add a Dune HD media player to watch movies on a connected TV. For music, it will store more than 400,000 songs and stream them to a Sonos player.

“You can even run the Sonos Controller software right on the LiivNAS without another PC, eliminating unnecessary cost,” Cheung noted. “LiivNAS’s low cost, combined with Dune HD and Sonos’ expandable architectures, makes them the perfect choice for any project — from a single room, to whole-house distribution.”

To add movies and music from CDs, users insert an unencrypted disc into the system’s Drop-n-Rip drive; archiving and metadata tagging will start automatically. Once complete, the disc is ejected, and the newly stored title shows up immediately on all connected Dune HD (movies) and Sonos (music) devices.

Music can also be manually imported into storage, or auto-synchronized via services like iTunes Match through the network.

An optional upgrade is available to integrate movies and music metadata directly with any third-party control system via a two-way API.

Extra Vegetables, a pioneer of Control4 drivers, has developed seamless integration of the LiivNAS’s metadata for display on Control4 touchpanels, Android/iOS interfaces and TV OSDs, VidaBox said.

The LiivNAS is available this week at a $1,349 suggested retail.