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

Digital Signage: The Top 10 Trends for 2011, Pt. I
December 29, 2010

As another year in the digital signage/digital out-of-home industry rolls by, I'm again this year revisiting the biggest trends of 2010 while looking forward to 2011.

The year 2010 brought the industry to its feet by incorporating a new name, the DSA (the Digital Screenmedia Association, formerly the Digital Signage Association), and incorporating the trade show that also has a new name, CETW (or Customer Engagement Technology World, formerly KioskCom and The Digital Signage Show), as the official trade show of the industry.