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Niveus Launching New Zone Players

CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta
– Niveus
Media of Fremont, Calif.,
is coming to the CEDIA Expo 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.

Also at the show,
the company will unveil a new N7 player, due in 2010, with the ability to
support eight digital cable tuners and with storage capacity of around 80GB or
120GB, he said. Niveus will also announce a service to reduce installation time
and provide remote management of a client’s installs, Cutting said.

Zone players network
with other Zone players to share content with one another, including time-shifted
cable programming from connected third-party CableCard tuners, 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 new Zone Pro and
new upgrades to the existing Zone player, HD cable content can also be shared,
the company said.

On Cargo servers
with capacities from 4TB to 32TB, consumers can 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.