Digital Multimedia Products
There were a number of multimedia players of various flavors and configurations announced at the show, and I came nowhere near covering them all. Since my focus was with the networking product vendors at the show, that's mostly what I'll report on here.
Buffalo Technology announced its LinkTheater High Definition Wireless Media Player (PC-P3WG/DVD). Its main claims to fame are its support of WMV, WMV HD, DivX, DivX HD and Xvid formats and playback and up-conversion to 720p/1080i from its built-in Progressive Scan DVD player.
Buffalo Technology Link Theatre
It also functions as a media adapter with 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11g wireless network connections and has a USB 2.0 port for media playback from digital cameras, USB flash drives, card readers or external hard drives. Other features are Buffalo's AOSS one-touch secure wireless configuration, composite, S-video and Component Video outputs and 5.1 channel Dolby Sound and DTS. All this for $349 when it goes on sale in February.
My first trip to D-Link's booth in a long time gave them the opportunity to pitch the new additions to their MediaLounge line,
D-Link DSM-320RD Wireless Media Player with DVD and Flash Card Reader
The DSM-320RD shown above is basically their DSM-320 with a progressive-scan DVD player and flash card reader built in. It doesn't support HD and will be available in March for $249 list.
Next out in "early Q2" should be the DSM-5208R Wireless Media Server. This one will support WMV-HD as well as other formats that haven't been finalized. It will have a rather small 80GB internal hard drive and 5-in-1 card reader and USB 2.0 port to support attachment of external drives. No pricing has been set.
D-Link DSM-5208R Wireless Media Server
Further out in "Q3" is the DSM-520 which is essentially the replacement for the DSM-230. It will be a high definition media player that includes upconversion with a target list of $249.
Linksys WMLV54G Wireless-G Media Link
My visit to Linksys also included a view of their WMLV54G Wireless-G Media Link [related story], which gives them a media player that doesn't depend on Microsoft's Windows Media server and can come in at a lower price point since it doesn't have to support Windows Media's rather hunky processing requirements.
NETGEAR had their recently announced MP115 (which was actually shown at last year's CES!) on display.
By the way, I saw no sign of Linksys' DVD Player with Wireless-G Media Link that they announced at last year's CES, but forgot to ask them about it.