Boxee Media Center Gets Official Hardware

At a press event Monday Boxee, the open source media center, unveiled it's new beta as well as a prototype dedicated set-top box they built with partner D-Link. The Boxee Box will cost around $200 with a RF remote, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and outputs for HDMI (the only video output), optical audio, analog stereo audio, as well as two USB slots the company envisions being used to add a webcam, external hard drive or antenna for receiving over-the-air programming. It comes with a simple multi-directional remote. The new beta version of the Boxee software, which launches to the general public over the next four weeks and goes fully public in January features a completely redone interface as well as several new social networking features. You can follow the development and view some of the beta's screen shots at the Boxee Blog.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Austin Energy to keynote Smart Energy Summit

Industry event focuses on impact of stimulus funding for consumers and energy management

Aaudio Imports Introduces The Tube MK11 Audio Preamplifier by Einstein of Germany

Stylish 19-Tube Preamp Ingeniously Lets Users Select Input Tubes For Each Audio Source; Only One in the World to Do So

SmartLabs' CEO Joe Dada to Speak at Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer; SmartLabs' INSTEON Joins Event as Featured Sponsor

SmartLabs, Inc. CEO Joe Dada will be a panel speaker at the inaugural Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, January 26, 2010 in Austin, TX. SmartLabs' award-winning home area network technology, INSTEON, has also been named as an event sponsor.

McIntosh MXA60 Integrated Audio System Now Available

Time-Honored McIntosh® Craftsmanship, Incomparable Aesthetics and Audio Superiority Now Available in Compact Integrated System

k2 Dealer Services Teams Up with D -Tools to Provide Innovative Training and Consulting Services for System Integrator™ Software

D-Tools, Inc. announced that system integration consulting firm k2 Dealer Services has joined D-Tools Certified Partner Program.

CONNECTIONS™ to focus on business strategies, new connectivity solutions in Digital Living Markets

Research firm Parks Associates announces Call For Papers for CONNECTIONS™ 2010

WHDI Releases 1.0 Specification

WHDI is the Only Full 1080p/60Hz HD Wireless Solution for All CE, PC and Mobile Devices Across the Home Quality, Robustness and No Latency

Pass Labs Introduces New X260.5 Power Amplifier

Powerful Mono-Block Design Boasts Low-Noise Super-Symmetry Circuit, Explosive Dynamics, and Sweet, Clear, Highly Detailed Performance

FCC Admits CableCARD Is A Failure

Last week the FCC admitted that CableCARD, a system originally designed to open up the market for video content, is a failure. According to their own document, “The Commission’s CableCARD rules have resulted in limited success in developing a retail market for navigation devices. Certification for plug-and-play devices is costly and complex.”  Ars Technica points out that in the FCC report, a grand total of fourteen non-leased set top boxes were available in the US at retail in 2008. That means that nearly every set-top box in the US is leased by a cable company, allowing them virtually unlimited pricing control and no incentive to innovate. Until very recently, you couldn't even get your Windows PC to be a DVR unless you bought it OEM from HP or Dell or someone, where they would install the CableCARD for you at the time of purchase. The FCC is currently taking suggestions on how to replace CableCARD with something that would actually make the network open.

Just in Time for Christmas! Invictus Wine Group's V3 -Basic Wine Cellar Management System Is Now Available For $3,995!

IWG offers the V3-Basic Wine Cellar management system for $3,995

Best Integrated Home System Award from Leading Home Automation Manufacturer Given to DSI Entertainment Systems

DSI Entertainment Systems is a 3rd time Recipient of Crestron's Integration Awards

Analog Way launches a comprehensive range of Hi -Resolution Mixer Seamless Switchers with Tri or Dual Scalers

Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of image converters and presentation switchers, is pleased to announce the release of a new range of Hi-Res. Mixer Seamless Switchers with 6 products featuring Tri or Dual Scalers.

XSTREAMHD™ PARTNERS WITH JENNIC TO INCLUDE GROUNDBREAKING REMOTE CONTROL INNOVATIONS IN ITS REVOLUTIONARY XSTREAMHD RF ONE REMOTE CONTROL

First Direct-to-Home Provider of Full HD (1080p) Entertainment Leverages ZigBee PRO and Ultra-Low Power Microprocessor Technology to Provide Consumers with a Better User Experience

Velodyne Selected as Subwoofer -of -Choice for Crestron Experience Center

Eight Velodyne subwoofers installed in home theater

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