Iomega wants to be your media player of choice. You know Iomega right? Zip Disks? Yep, that was them. Now they have unveiled plans to launch an updated series of video streaming boxes which can do full 1080p HD for the home called the ScreenPlay DX HD Media Players which will come in three flavors 1TB, 2TB and no internal storage. That last one is sort of strange if you ask us.
Way back in 2008 they had a 500GB version called the Iomega ScreenPlay HD Multimedia Drive, which was able to stream via HDMI or component outputs. Options for output included 480i/480p/720p/1080i (720p and1080i are achieved through upscaling). Supported media formats include MP3, AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) and JPEG. There were two variations and ranged from $179.99 to $209.95. I had one of those and probably still have got it in a box somewhere. It was quite handy as it game with a little remote that snapped into the base of the unit.
The new Iomega ScreenPlay DX HD Media Players are quite sleek and svelte even though the name is like wielding a redwood as a baseball bat. The three versions include two with 1TB or 2TB of internal storage and a third with no internal storage, the TV Link DX. I imagine the third is more like an Apple TV while the others are more like media servers instead of just streaming devices.
All three are able to stream 1080p and pull from DLNA servers.
- Video Formats
- H.264, WMV, RMVB (SD), MPEG-1/2/4 (part 2, ASP), VC-1, DivX®, DivX Plus™ HD (MKV), Xvid
- File Types - .avi, .asf, .iso, .vob, .ifo, .mp4, .mov, WMV, FLV, .mkv, AVCHD, M2TS
- Subtitles - SRT, SSA, SUB, SMI
- Audio Formats
- MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, AC3, PCM, M4A, DTS
- Playlist - M3U, PLS, WPL
- Photo Formats - JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG, TIFF
They also come with a QWERTY remote for easy surfing and typing.
- Non-stop Entertainment: Stream movies from Netflix and music from Pandora (US only); Access videos, movies, photos, and songs on the Internet using the built-in web browser
- Outstanding Quality: 1080p HD video playback; DivX Plus HD certified, Dolby Digital Audio and DTS for superior sound
- Supports many formats: Extensive audio and video compatibility including H.264, WMV, RMVB, MPEG-1/2/4, DivX
- Easy Setup: Easy connection to your entertainment system with HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, and Optical Audio cable connections
- DLNA Certified: Includes media player and media server functionality allowing you to stream content from anywhere in the house
The units have HDMI, ethernet, composite video out, component video out, Coaxial Optical S/PDIF, USB 2.0. They work with both Windows and Mac OS.
The retail prices are £178/€ 199.90/$229.99 for the 1TB, and £213/€ 239.90 for the 2TB (I couldn't find the US price on that). The TV Link DX HD is £116/$149.99
They've also got a DX Wi-Fi Adapter for $49.95 that basically is just a USB Wi-Fi dongle for the ScreenPlays. In addition they also make an Iomega TV unit which is Boxee (for those looking for a Boxee solution).