Beyond TV 3.5 gives television viewers more control of their television viewing experience, with new features like multi-tuner, Beyond TV Link and Portable Media Center support.
Oct. 8, 2004, HOUSTON - SnapStream Media, Inc. (www.snapstream.com), a leader in digital home entertainment products, announced today, the release of Beyond TV 3.5. Beyond TV 3.5 offers a series of new features, giving users more ways to control their television viewing experience. New features, such as multiple tuner support and a smarter recording scheduler, maximizes the number of shows users can record. Other offerings such as Beyond TV Link and support for Microsoft Windows Mobile -based Portable Media Center support further delivers the "anytime, anywhere" aspect of Beyond TV 3.
The latest multi -tuner support gives Beyond TV 3.5 users the power to record as many shows at the same time as their PCs can handle. One additional tuner license is included free with Beyond TV 3.5, so users can begin using two TV tuners at the same time right out of the box.
Concurrent with the Beyond TV 3.5 launch is the release of Beyond TV Link. Beyond TV Link is Beyond TV's network client. With Beyond TV Link, users can enjoy all the same great features of Beyond TV, providing full and complete access to their library of recorded shows, from other PCs on the home network. Beyond TV Link offers an experience that is similar to actually having Beyond TV 3 installed on other networked PCs.
SnapStream Media has also been working closely with Microsoft and companies such as, Creative Labs, to provide support for the recently released Portable Media Center. Beyond TV 3 offers built -in Portable Media Center settings, making it easy to both record and compress television shows in PMC -ready formats.
Under the hood, Beyond TV 3.5 has both a new encoder and a new decoder, which speed up processing and are more reliable. It also has a new SDK that allows 3rd party developers, PC OEMs and other partners to take advantage of what Beyond TV has to offer. The new SDK is what makes expandability, such as Beyond TV Link, possible.
Other Beyond TV 3.5 features:
• Search by Keyword - Find out what's airing or discover new shows by searching for an actor, genre or any other keyword that comes to mind.
• Sort by Series - Don't get lost browsing through a long list of recorded shows, save time and find your favorite shows by series.
• Smarter recording scheduler - Better handles recording conflicts by selecting the best time to record a selection. It can also now recognize multi -part series.
• European program guide support - official support for tvtv for PC, which means less setup and configuration for our European users.
"Beyond TV 3.5 is a huge leap forward in PVR technology for SnapStream and for the industry," said Rakesh Agrawal, CEO of SnapStream Media. "Built on the powerful Beyond TV SDK, Beyond TV 3.5 delivers unprecedented power and stability. I'm particularly excited about Beyond TV Link, a new add -on to Beyond TV 3.5 that enables Beyond TV users to experience Beyond TV from any wired or wireless PC or set -top box in the house. SnapStream will continue to deliver the power of digital media while keeping it simple and easy for people around the world."
"Microsoft is committed to working with companies that make it easier to enjoy digital entertainment anywhere, anytime. We are excited that SnapStream's Beyond TV 3.5 will help people record their favorite TV shows in a format that will transfer quickly and easily to the Portable Media Center so they can watch their favorite shows on the go," said Todd Warren, corporate vice president of the Devices, Services and eXperience Group at Microsoft.
Beyond TV 3 is available for purchase both at SnapStream Media's Online Store at http://store.snapstream.com and in retail stores such as Fry's Electronics, Comp USA and Micro Center. It is also available in Canada at Best Buy Canada, Future Shop and London Drugs. Its suggested retail price is US$69.99/CD$89.99.
Current Beyond TV 3 users can upgrade to version 3.5 for free through SnapStream Media's website at www.snapstream.com.
Beyond TV Link and additional television tuner licenses can currently only be purchased through SnapStream Media and retails respectively at US$39.99 and US$19.99.
About Beyond TV 3:
Beyond TV is one of the most powerful PVR/DVR software on the market - it allows PC users to watch, record and playback television broadcasts on a variety of devices. Unlike other PVR solutions, Beyond TV's free electronic program guide has no subscription fees and lets users schedule recordings from an Internet browser, a WAP -enabled cell phone or a web -enabled Pocket PC. The recorded shows can then be viewed on PCs and TVs connected to the home network, downloaded onto handheld Pocket PCs or streamed through the Internet.
About SnapStream Media, Inc.:
SnapStream Media, Inc. is a leading developer of digital entertainment products based in Houston, Texas. SnapStream's vision is to create high -quality consumer entertainment experiences that leverage PC technology. The company's personal video recording (PVR) software, Beyond TV™ was called "dazzlingly cool" by the Los Angeles Times, referred to as "an idea whose time has come" by the Associated Press and declared "better than TiVo" by Maximum PC. Interested parties can find more information about SnapStream Media and its products at http://www.snapstream.com.
About Windows Mobile -Based Portable Media Center:
Windows Mobile -based Portable Media Centers are handheld entertainment devices that make it easy to store and play recorded television, movies, home videos, music and photos transferred from a PC with Windows XP. Consumers can watch and listen to their favorite entertainment any time and anywhere - - in the palm of their hand or through a TV or stereo. It's simple for consumers to sync music, video and pictures from the PC with Windows Media Player 10, and fast and easy for them to find the entertainment they want to play on their device. Portable Media Centers also support Windows Media Audio and Video in addition to other leading file formats, so consumers can choose from a wide range of music, videos and pictures.
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