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D-Link DSM-330 DivX Connected device   (Source: DivX)
DivX and D-Link agree to bring first DivX Connected device to consumers

Many fans of digital media look forward to the integrated digital home where you can play media from your networked PCs such as music and video at one central location. There are some products out there that try to meet this demand.

Apple TV is one of the devices that allow users to stream video and music from a PC to a TV set for enjoyment on a larger screen. D-Link is better known for their networking devices than for streaming media to most people. Last week DivX and D-Link announced they have signed an agreement to release the first DivX Connected device.

DivX Connected sounds very much like what Apple has going on with the Apple TV with the main feature being the ability to stream movies, photos and music from the PC to the TV. The main difference between the two is DivX Connected allows streaming of HD-quality content.

The D-Link component of the system is the DSM-330 DivX Connected HD Media Player, which is the first DivX connected electronics device. The DSM-330 is expected to release in the UK, France and Germany starting in Q4 2007.

The device allows users to directly control their media via a remote control and deliver high-definition videos, photos, music and Internet services directly to the TV.

DivX previously opened up beta testing for its GejBox media streaming device last June. The GejBox beta device featured HDMI, S-video, composite, SCART, optical and coxial digital audio outputs with Ethernet and wireless connectivity. The new D-Link DSM-330 DivX Connected HD Media Player resembles the DivX GejBox device.

"The availability of low cost wireless networks for the home combined with the proliferation of digital devices has made the digital home a reality for many families. The DSM-330 DivX Connected HD Media Player will make it easy for everyone to share their digital content via their home's most established entertainment centre - the television," said Andrew Mulholland, D-Link Marketing Manager.

D-Link hasn’t released pricing information on the DSM-330 at this time.

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now we need...
By Screwballl on 9/3/2007 1:29:09 PM , Rating: 4
... a "media box" that has all the codecs preinstalled that can stream this to be seen on any other networked PC, music box, network video player, TV, whatever...
for now I am using a linux box (600MHz Celeron) to do just this.

RE: now we need...
By oTAL on 9/3/2007 1:45:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm using something similar. It's called an xbox. If you can find a pre-owned model, I tell you it's well worth the investment. ;)

RE: now we need...
By StevoLincolnite on 9/3/2007 2:02:57 PM , Rating: 3
I have a desktop (Not a tower) case, housing a Pentium 3 800EB, Radeon 9700pro All in wonder, and 256mb of sdram for mine.
Which believe it or not were all given to me over the years :)
so it cost me nothing in the end.
And the AIW cards are awesome with they're tv outputs, remote control etc.

RE: now we need...
By alifbaa on 9/3/2007 2:20:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't own a 360 or PS3, but a major part of my decision making when I get one will be its media playing abilities. My understanding is that the 360 requires media to be at least transcoded to windows media prior to being processed by the 360. Is that true?

For the PS3, I know you can supposedly load your own OS onto the machine and do whatever you want from there, but what codecs (if any) are installed with the base software?

RE: now we need...
By oab on 9/3/2007 9:52:20 PM , Rating: 2
With the PS3 you CAN install Linux onto it. If you want.

However, from what I know, it's far from prime-time yet. You would be better using the existing media functionality built in.

However, with a media centre PC (or vista with media centre in it), and media centre extender (free dl from ms's website), you can stream any video file that plays in media centre to your x-box 360 (from my understanding).

RE: now we need...
By alifbaa on 9/3/2007 10:32:55 PM , Rating: 2

I'm not trying to incite a flame war, but it seems like the PS3 is more versatile in this area since it can connect to any LAN-connected computer with the proper software installed. The 360 (in addition to being unreliable right now) seems to be very fond of artificially restricting users in a number of respects.

Personally, I'm waiting until the new year to save money, see where the prices drop to, see if the 360 gets more reliable and decide what I'm going to get.

RE: now we need...
By Shadowmaster625 on 9/4/2007 2:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
I dont suppose you know how to do that mod for free? I can take it apart and monkey with the cables and even solder np, but I am not buying an action replay or anything else to do it.

RE: now we need...
By oTAL on 9/11/2007 6:54:33 AM , Rating: 2
I have an ORIGINAL xbox with a softmod. No hardware was tampered with.

RE: now we need...
By 457R4LDR34DKN07 on 9/3/2007 3:49:40 PM , Rating: 2
K-lite media player

RE: now we need...
By HrilL on 9/3/2007 4:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I have a PC desktop as well. 1ghz AMD 515MB ddr ram and ATI Radeon 7000 64MB. It works great for just about everything. But I haven't tried HD content. No real point since I don't have a HDTV. But Steaming DVD-Rs it is great and you can do way more with a full pc then one of these devices...

By StevoLincolnite on 9/3/2007 1:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
Its great that things are heading this way, but what I desire is the ability to "Network" several of these machines, each having a hard drive, to share several of these boxes from the lounge, bedrooms, and shed out the back, and to allow my neighbor to access my content, without having to use a PC.
One day... when the world is mine for the taking.

By dice1111 on 9/4/2007 10:45:48 AM , Rating: 2
Is there mention about avaliablility in North America?

DiVX is sooo last year...
By ToeCutter on 9/4/2007 12:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
Divx was once the hallmark of codecs, but no more.

With the advent of HDTV, Matroska and x264 is where it's at.

No Matroska, no deal...

By porfitron on 9/4/2007 6:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
Because DivX devices tend to support Xvid, this would bring a lot of existing content to the consumers' HDTV. Also, I'm part of the beta, and I know there's been mention of WMV and MP4 support. The box does the decoding of the audio/video, while the PC server renders the UI and does the media management, making the box light (no hard drive) and potentially less expensive. The dream would be seeing this client firmware inside of a TV or DVD player, then we'd have fewer boxes under our TV's. Anyway, for people looking for something off-the-shelf (they don't have to crack open a box to hack), this would be an ideal solution.

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