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MediaGate MG-350HD Info

post #1 of 428
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I e-mailed AL Tech tonight and within an hour I got a response. Below is my e-mail followed by their response:

----- Original Message -----

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am very interested in your upcoming MediaGate MG-350HD, which according to your web site is Coming Soon. Can you provide details about its expected ship date and price? Thank you.

Sincerely,
Mike Abrahamson

--------------- RECEIVED ------------

Dear Sir,

Thanks for your interest.

The MG-350HD under feild testing now and available production early Mar.'06
Our Target price is $135.00/FOB.

EDIT: (anyone know what FOB stands for? Is that some currency and if so how does it equate to US$??)

Best regards,

DK Lee/Sales Director
-------------------------

AL Tech Inc. /Korea

13FL, Mario Tower,222-12, Guro-Dong,Guro-GU,
Seoul, Korea
Tel : 82-2-3011-9223
Fax : 82-2-566-6186
Cell : 82-16-324-9498
post #2 of 428
FOB = Full/Free on board: Cost before freight, customs e.tc.
post #3 of 428
FOB = you need to buy a container of boxes.
post #4 of 428
how about a group buy
post #5 of 428
Not sure how significant this is, but there is an MG-350HD announcement dated Jan 10, 2006 here
post #6 of 428
On Monday, I got the following reply. I can't wait to find out more about this little beauty...

----- Original Message -----

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am very interested in your future product, the MG-350HD.

Can you please tell me when this product may be available to purchase, and
how much you thnk it may cost?

Sincerely,
(My name removed!)

--------------- RECEIVED ------------

Dear Sir,

We just make working sample but performace is not satisfy us.
We will make better one and will make samplr product in factory in End of
Feburary.

You have to wait at least until March.


Best Regards
(Name removed, in case it gets somebody in trouble!)
post #7 of 428
I've been looking at the specs and comparing this to the MG-35. The only thing I really notice is that this support WMV9 format, and this one has integrated wireless. Is there more?
post #8 of 428
Found this link you can get one from here

http://www.pjbox.co.uk/cgi-bin/ca000002.pl

Mvix MV-5000U Multimedia Center 200GB

Price: £175.00 / 253.75 Including VAT at 17.5%

review from

http://tomshardware.co.uk/2006/03/10..._uk/page3.html
post #9 of 428
tried to buy direct and got this response... its a little too much for me

If you directly buy from us, you have to burden freight cost
Warranty have to be done by AL Tech Korea.

- MG-350HD (without HDD) price is USD 262.
- Freight cost(DHL) is USD 85.
Total USD 347.
post #10 of 428
Gmarket has MG-350HD for $250 +shipping cost about $25

http://www.gmarket.co.kr/challenge/n...yword=MG-350HD

The website states 250000 won - coupon = 238000 won about $249.53 US dollars
post #11 of 428
I asked my Korean co-worker to read the website and they ship to everywhere in the world.
post #12 of 428
when will they be released for the UK market.
post #13 of 428
Hi Batman,

The first thing to remember here.. Is that the Mvix is not the same as the MG-350.. Please try to understand that. Totally different products.

Next.. The MG-350 is already available, but no US/UK distributors have it yet. That means you'd have to buy it from a Korean distributor.

Finally, there is no English firmware for it yet. The main text can be set to English, but nearly all of the images in the firmware are accompanied by Korean text. Changing the PNG images to an English or international format would take about an hour at most. Since they haven't yet done this, it tells me that ALTech doesn't give a damn about non-domestic markets.

It's a shame, actually. The same holds true for the MG35 firmware as well. There are additional features in the Korean firmware and it would only take about an hour for them to port the Korean MG35 firmware to English.

pb
post #14 of 428
I'll have to find an alternative product then -- what would you recomend?
post #15 of 428
Hi, how are you?
I'm korean, so I can read G-Marekt Site Information.
Actually, I've ordered 350HD.


Price around $250
Delivery $30
Custom Tax NO [HS 85.21.90]
post #16 of 428
The MG-350-HD is now listed on the pc4usa.com web site, scheduled for end of August delivery.

http://www.pc4usa.com/detailsales.asp?productID=37
post #17 of 428
Can we trust this website? It says
*** This item will be shipped at the end of August ***
In Stock: Usually ships within 2 business days. (After credit approved)
Regular Price: $299
Sale Price: $249

It confused me.
post #18 of 428
To All,

Our United States and Canada distributors will be obtaining these units in the last weeks of August. PC4usa is one of our distributors and yes the site is trustworthy.
post #19 of 428
Im interested in purchasing the new unit, I have the MG-35 and love it, but what I want to do is be able to record hdtv with a htpc and some sort of hdtv card and play the files with this new system, will it do it and will I need to watch what output file the hdtv card saves to? I have tried media center but found to many issue's to play back. Also would it be able to play these files thru the wireless or would that be to slow? Thanks any help
post #20 of 428
Any chance at .iso playback?
post #21 of 428
@pdubyu

.iso is supported (and works quite well) on the MG-35 and is also supported on the Mg-350HD..

Only problem is that Al Tech have a VERY,VERY poor track record on issuing firmware updates that fix MAJOR issues with the MG-35 - So chances are that if any bugs are present in the Mg-350HD , it will be months (or over a year in the case of The MG-35) before Al tech fix these,if at all..

Many MG-35 owners are holding off on buying a MG-350HD because of the above issues... Also Al Tech are in violation of not issuing the required GPL code for the MG-35,this could very well result in them being forced to stop selling both the MG-35 and MG-350HD until they comply..
post #22 of 428
teddystacker,

Thanks for the reply. So .iso plays fine even though it is not listed on the product specs?

If it's not too much trouble, can you list the main defects of the MG-35, the predecessor? I perused the last couple of pages of the MG-35 thread, but couldn't make too much of it.

It sounds like the prudent thing to do is wait until the first user reviews given the track record of firmware fixes.
post #23 of 428
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Originally Posted by pdubyu View Post

teddystacker,

Thanks for the reply. So .iso plays fine even though it is not listed on the product specs?

Yes,on the MG-35,I Rip the DVD with Dvd Decryptor,and then play the .iso on the MG-35.It starts by playing the main movie,but if you hit the MENU key on the remote ,it reverts to the main menu on the dvd and from there you can navigate the dvd as if you were playing it in a real dvd player,play spec features etc etc.

I cannot confim this will be the same on the MG-350HD as I dont have one,but I guess they will be using the same basic code as the MG-35,so it should play them the same.

Ref the problems with the MG-35 firmware , if you check out this thread at the "official" US support forum and you will see these details and many people pleding for fixes.As you will read the lastest Firmware seems to break more than it fixes ,and thats taken almost 5 months for them to issue...

http://mediagateusa.s10.forumsplace....topic.php?t=32

You idea of waiting for reviews is indeed the best one here,reviews given by REAL world people,as websites and magazines often have a vested interested and never really test the unit to any great degree..

If Al Tech get their act together fixing the issues with the MG-35 then I will buy a MG-350HD just to have the added feature of host/slave USB - but somehow I very much doubt they will.
post #24 of 428
we have our MG-350 Coming this month, and we only have 500pcs for US and Canada Customer of the first order, please come to the following website to pre-order it.


http://www.xpcgear.com/

http://www.ewaggle.com/

http://www.pc4usa.com/
post #25 of 428
is someone working on some modded firmware for the MediaGate devices?

MOV support is sorely missing IMO. I think this device could really fly if you could get it to the sort of things XBMC can do.

How are they getting away with not releasing the source code if they are running on Linux anyway?

cheers,
AC
post #26 of 428
Quote:
Originally Posted by rofl View Post

is someone working on some modded firmware for the MediaGate devices?

MOV support is sorely missing IMO. I think this device could really fly if you could get it to the sort of things XBMC can do.

How are they getting away with not releasing the source code if they are running on Linux anyway?

cheers,
AC

Yes ,we have been forced into it by the poor support offered by Al Tech..

But I would have thought that .mov support is a good way off yet , to be honest..

you would never , ever get .mov support from Al Tech , I am pretty sure , as they cannot even fix simple problems..

Go here for details of the project:

http://mediagate.pbwiki.com/MG35Development

They get away with it , as GPL has NOT sued them *YET* , but from reading various foums , I understand this is due to change soon..

I just dont think they understand how serious this is...
post #27 of 428
what are the chances of recompiling VLC (videolan) to work on this thing?

VLC rocks! it plays (almost) everything i throw at it. Whats does everyone else think??

Cheers,
AC
post #28 of 428
btw we have the only MG-350HD in the country on demo in store atm. the firmware definately needs some work. hopefully there are some updates coming before its released.. on a whole tho its very nice...
post #29 of 428
Quote:
Originally Posted by rofl View Post

btw we have the only MG-350HD in the country on demo in store atm. the firmware definately needs some work. hopefully there are some updates coming before its released.. on a whole tho its very nice...

Are you able indicate what areas of the firmware need work as I am interested in buying the MG-350HD when it finally get's released.
post #30 of 428
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChessKing View Post

Are you able indicate what areas of the firmware need work as I am interested in buying the MG-350HD when it finally get's released.

it doesnt remember the screen ratio setting after you reboot it. i have to re-set it everytime i power it on otherwise im watching 16:9 material on a 16:9 screen LETTERBOXED!

and also the device needs to be restarted everytime you finish copying files to it over NDAS if you want to be able to see the files. But thats about it that is a problem atm..

i hope that helps.
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