I-O DATA AVeL LinkPlayer2 Also Connects to Sling Media's Slingbox™ for Remote Viewing Over the Internet And Includes Free Offer for High Definition Titles from HDNet
SAN JOSE, Calif. - July 10, 2006 - I -O DATA DEVICE USA, INC., (I -O DATA) today announced the retail availability of the number one selling High Definition DVD player in Japan. The AVeL LinkPLayer2 is a networked digital media player and DVD player with support for High Definition (HD) file formats such as Microsoft Windows Media® Video 9 (WMV9) HD, MPEG2 -TS, and DivX® HD. Starting August 1, the award -winning AVeL Linkplayer2 will be sold at CompUSA stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of US$249.00. CompUSA customers will also receive a mail -in coupon for one HDNet video title (WMV9/780p) with qualifying purchase of the AVeL LinkPlayer2.
Designed for home theaters and digital media networks, the AVeL LinkPlayer2 features 1080i/780p HD video playback capability (1920x1080 resolution), with support for nearly every digital media file format, including MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG2 -TS, MPEG4, DivX®, XviD, and WMV9 for video; MP3, AAC, WMA, PCM, and Ogg Vorbis for audio; and JPEG, BMP, GIF, and PNG for photos. The AVeL LinkPlayer2 reads media from a wide variety of data sources, including CD/DVD dics, USB memory sticks and hard disk drives, digital cameras, memory card readers, iPods and MP3 players, and Windows®, Macintosh, and Linux PCs.
Separately, I -O DATA DEVICE USA announced that the AVeL LinkPlayer2 now supports Sling Media's award -winning Slingbox. With the AVeL LinkPlayer2 connected to a Slingbox customers can view and control their own home entertainment content anywhere, anytime using a Windows laptop or desktop computer or a Windows Mobile handheld or mobile phone. The agreement is part of a broader alliance that also names I -O DATA DEVICE, Inc (Japan) as the distributor of Sling Media products in Japan.
"The AVeL LinkPlayer2 and Slingbox are highly complementary products that enhance each other's benefits for users," said Jason Krikorian, Co -Founder and Vice President of Business Development, Sling Media, Inc. "The Slingbox will allow LinkPlayer2 customers to enjoy their content anywhere, anytime, while the LinkPlayer2 will enable Slingbox customers to access a much wider range of media file formats, including High Definition content."
"The Slingbox is a great product -simple, smart, and affordable," said Jack Akita, Director of Business Development, I -O DATA DEVICE USA. "This agreement is a natural extension of the recent tie -up between I -O DATA and Sling Media in Japan. Now customers on both sides of the Pacific can enjoy the benefits of combining AVeL LinkPlayer2 with Slingbox."
Pricing and Availability
Beginning August 1, 2006, the AVeL LinkPlayer2 Digital Media DVD Player (AVLP2/DVDLA) will be available at CompUSA stores nationwide with a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of US$249.00.
High Def WMV9 playback on the AVeL LinkPlayer2 Digital Media DVD Player requires an HDTV Display with 720p or larger resolution on RCA components. Remote AVeL LinkPlayer2 viewing with Slingbox requires:
· Microsoft Windows® XP / Windows 2000 operating system
· Slingbox with SlingPlayer Ver.1.2 or later
· Wired or wireless router, cable or DSL modem
· 256Kbps upstream speed
CompUSA, Inc., a Dallas -based company, is one of the nation's leading retailers and resellers of technology product and services. CompUSA currently operates more than 240 locations in more than 90 major metropolitan markets across the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition, CompUSA's Web site offers an assortment of more than 170,000 items. Visit them at http://www.compusa.com/
Co -founded by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, HDNet (www.hd.net) provides viewers with exciting and topical news, sports, music and entertainment programming. The 24 -hour all -high definition network features up to 20 hours of new original programming each week, all produced in the highest quality 1080i HDTV format - more original high -definition programming than any other network. HDNet Titles, the company's second network, is the exclusive home of day and date title releases including the Academy Award nominated "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," "The War Within," and "Bubble." HDNet Titles also features a wide selection of major studio theatrical releases as well as features produced and finished in true 1080i high -definition. The HDNet networks are available on Adelphia, Bright House, Charter, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies. For more information, visit http://www.hd.net/
About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc. is a digital lifestyle products company creating a family of consumer electronics solutions that are a natural extension of today's digital way of life. The first member of the Sling Media family is the award -winning Slingbox™, a device that allows consumers to access their living room television experience at any time, from any location, using a variety of different displays including laptops and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones. The Slingbox is available from leading retailers nationwide and through Sling Media's own website. For more information on Sling Media or the Slingbox, visit http://www.slingmedia.com.
About I -O DATA
I -O DATA DEVICE USA, INC. is a joint venture between I -O DATA DEVICE of Japan and Kaga Electronics of Japan. Established in 2001 to address US markets, I -O DATA DEVICE USA combines I -O DATA's leading position in the PC peripheral market and Kaga Electronics' worldwide presence as a distributor. I -O DATA DEVICE USA offers top quality products with an efficient sales/distribution network and expertise that can respond to the rapid changes and challenges of the PC market. I -O DATA DEVICE USA is located at 2480 North First Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95131. For more information, please visit http://www.iodata.com/usa/.
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