CES 2008: Another contender in the format war?

From EngadgetHD:

Just a few hours before our live coverage of the XStreamHD press event (11am PST) with Michael Douglas; many of the details have been released and we have to say this thing looks so incredible, we don't see how it can live up to the press release -- this is one of those times when we'd really love to be wrong. For starters, the service promises to deliver "the latest content from leading studios" in 1080p (MPEG-2 and x.264) with 7.1 channels of lossless DTS-HD Master Audio (96kHz/24bits) to your home via satellite, and if it stopped there it would be impressive enough, but no. The content is stored on the internally in your "Virtual Personal Library" until you access it with up to four simultaneous DLNA devices on your gigabit Ethernet home network. If you run out of space, you can use the extra drive bays to expand up to 2TB of storage. And because there is so much great OTA HD content, it features three ATSC tuners which can be used with a "Network Video Recorder" -- not sure what that is, or if its extra. And interestingly even includes a PBX that allows free calling between XStreamHD customers. As if this wasn't unbelievable enough, it all starts at $399 and is expected to hit in the fourth quarter of '08.

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Darkiewonder3938d ago

I knew it would have happened!

I made a comment about this not too long ago ;o

godofthunder103937d ago

i've been saying that dd is a lot closer then people belives

cow moolester3938d ago

It certainly looks like it'll beat any other format out there...Although I don't think it'll completely remove disc based media I do believe it'll have a bigger place in the home...

zafeiriou3938d ago

People will always prefer to have something they can physically hold. I know I would rather have a blu-ray disc collection rather than a box that holds a bunch of digital video files.

Real gamer 4 life3938d ago

I dont understand this DD thing, isn't all the major cable companies doing DD. i mean isn't on demand on comcast and pay per view all digital distribution. What is the difference, why would i go out and buy this contraption if i could just clink on demand on my cable box and watch any movie i want. And what happens when i wanna take a movie to my friends house am i going to have to take this box just to watch the movie over at his house. Does Microsoft really thing that my mom , that takes 2 hours just to find the website she is looking for is really going to understand this. I mean all the older generation is still conputer illiterate.

cow moolester3938d ago

Its basically like your standard Satellite box but it has 2 Terabytes of space (2000gb), you can call people for free and best of all, it'll be the only one to send 1080p with lossless audio over the air.

GIJeff3938d ago

this isnt really anything new...

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