Media Servers

Theo Kalomirakis Hosts A Celebration of the ‘Art and Soul of Home Theater’
July 18, 2014

Home theater designer Theo Kalomirakis not only talks the talk; he walks the walk.
The renowned custom integration expert is a movie buff who is owner of around 14,000 DVDs that are neatly arranged in a floor-to-ceiling series of shelves just outside the dedicated home theater he has had built in his Brooklyn, N.Y. apartment.

Hisense Targets Holidays with Google TV Box, New Panels; Shows 4K TV
October 18, 2012

Hisense, the Chinese electronics company which two years ago expanded beyond OEM manufacturing to launch its own brand in the U.S., will step up its product line deployment stateside for the holiday sales season with the availability of the Hisense Pulse with Google TV set-top box that allows viewers to both “smarten” their legacy flat-panel TVs and access any of 2,000 TV-optimized apps from the Google Play store, via a minimally layered interface.

Roku XD HDTV Digital Media Receiver Review
March 30, 2011

As cool as it is, the Apple TV has a lot of limitations. Fortunately, it’s not the only digital media streamer on the market. Featuring 1080p and hundreds of content partners, Roku’s HD, XD, and XDS seem like the solution to the Apple blues.

Roku’s three identical-looking models have access to the same content and overall functionality is the same. The base model HD is 720p from HDMI, but still has wired and Wi-Fi and analog video outputs (composite only). 

Are Media Servers’ Days Numbered?
January 5, 2011

As content storage moves to the cloud, at-home storage may become an antiquated technology. As content storage moves to the cloud, at-home storage may become an antiquated technology. Today if there’s a movie or a album we like, we will download it into the hard drive of some type of storage device (media server, cable box, iPhone, etc). The content is there forever to play again and again. In the not so distance future, though, consumers will begin storing their entertainment content elsewhere … far, far away from the living room and even the house. Companies like ActiveVideo Networks

Theaters Strike Back Against Early VOD Releases
December 29, 2010

Theater owners are naturally nervous about plans from Sony and Warner Bros to push the window from the time a movie hits theaters to the time you can watch it at home even narrower. As little as 30 days from theatrical release, a new film could be playing in your house for a premium price of $30-60, just as the revenue split between the studios and the theaters approaches even-steven. Gathering a group of investment houses and bigwigs like James Cameron