3. Looks like Meadiasonic and iView are the same company. Mediasonic may have been created to sell products in Canada........
Might not be the same company. If you look on a site called alibaba.com, you will find several developer/manufactures offering different convertor boxes. If you were a buyer for a retailer or an investor you can contract directly with these developer/manufactures to purchase a minimum order (of perhaps 500 to 2000 units depends on items). With those contracts, the developer/manufactures will make changes to their product to suit the buyers needs and/or requirements. Such as branding, packaging, cosmetic details, splash screens, the GUI, and literature, etc..
The question remains.... is iView the developer or just a marketing retailer that purchased from the manufacturer? Since iView is making firmware upgrades they might be doing so in-house or they might be in communications with the developer/manufacture with whom they contracted with.
Since the HomeWorx HW-150PVR offered by MediaSonic, is basically the same unit (and it is since the everything is the same sans the enclosure and the remote). I'd say that MediaSonic or HomeWorx purchased directly from the manufacturer and had the changes made to suit their need to appear different from other same units. Looking at the various items that MediaSonic sells It is very evident that they buy from many if not all the manufacturers one sees on sights like alibaba.com
So, who exactly manufactures the iView STB?
Since this item is listed through Intertek, the following appears in their records;
Who is..... SHENZHEN ZHAONENG ELECTRONIC CO., LTD
Their Web Site :
I was not able to determine if iView is a direct marketing arm of the SHENZHEN ZHAONENG ELECTRONIC CO. or not. My guess would be.....No
Further research on the alibaba site returns this offering:
Something look familiar here?
So.... Here is the question/opportunity.....
Anyone here have an extra $20,000 to $30,000 laying around and a desire to contract with the SHENZHEN ZHAONENG ELECTRONIC CO and develop the perfect low priced DVR?
As could only be designed by the members of this forum.Edited by nickle2 - 6/15/13 at 4:09pm