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From Multichannel News,

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...=SUPP&nid=2226

Multichannel News: The Cable Industry Book-of-Record

VWB Boxes Up CableCARD


By Karen Brown 12/22/2005 4:54:00 PM


Video Without Boundaries Inc. is rolling out a new Internet multimedia set-top that also tucks in a CableCARD slot for access to cable TV.


The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based maker of Internet devices will unveil its new “MediaREADY 6000†box at the upcoming 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


With DVD, MP3 and CD recording and playback capabilities, the MediaREADY 6000 also includes a built-in CableCARD module. The CableCARD feature will allow users to subscribe to any major cable operator’s service and start receiving digital-video TV content without having to obtain a set-top box from the MSO.


As with its sibling MediaREADY boxes, the new unit is powered by a Linux operating system and supports broadband Internet and either wired or wireless home-networking connections.


It also sports a slew of features, including Internet browser, e-mail capability, a 200-gigabyte upgradeable hard-disk drive, a digital-video recorder, DVD-recording support, support for HD MPEG-2 (Moving Picture Expert Group) and MPEG-4 coded video and support for voice-over-Internet-protocol videoconferencing.


But all of that doesn’t come cheap -- the MediaREADY 6000 will carry a recommended price of $1,249. VWB plans to start shipping the box to computer and consumer electronics retailers starting in the second quarter of 2006.


"The MediaREADY 6000 puts users ahead of the curve, making them ready for the next big waves of opportunity," VWB CEO Jeffrey Harrell said in a release. "MediaREADY 6000 owners will be able to take advantage of emerging technologies such as VoIP phone calling right from their living rooms, while also eliminating the need for separate cable boxes."



Link to Video Without Boundries, Inc,
http://www.vwbinc.com/

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VWB, Inc. Ups Ante In Home Digital Media Center Products Via New MediaREADYâ„¢ 6000


Easy to Use Set-Top Box Offers All Existing MediaREADY Convergence Features Plus New CableCARDâ„¢ Digital Cable Tuning Capability with Dual ATSC/NTSC TV Tuners, H.264 and VC-1 Codec support, VoIP/Video Conferencing


Ft. Lauderdale, FL - (December 22 2005) — Video Without Boundaries, Inc. (OTCBB: VDWB ), a leading provider of interactive, media-convergent home entertainment devices, today announced it has extended the capabilities of its award-winning MediaREADY™ Digital Media Center product line with the introduction of the MediaREADY™ 6000. The electronic TV set-top product, which combines DVD/MP3/CD recording and playback with an Internet browser, email, media jukebox and more, now includes onboard CableCARD™ digital cable tuning and dual ATSC/NTSC/PAL tuners for watch-record, AAC/iPod support, HD MPEG 2-4 (H.264)/DivX/WMV/VC-1 codecs, and VoIP/video conferencing support (camera and microphone), among other new features. The MediaREADY 6000 will be demonstrated live at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at Video Without Boundaries' booth in the Sands Convention Center - IP 240 from January 5 - 8th, 2006.


VWB's MediaREADYâ„¢ 6000 offers all the breakthrough capabilities of the company's MediaREADYâ„¢ 4000 and MediaREADYâ„¢ 5000 products such as Personal Video Recording, DVD/MPEG-1, 2, 4/CD/MP3 recording and playback, electronic program guide, Internet browsing, email, and karaoke. All MediaREADYâ„¢ products support broadband Internet and wired/wireless home network connections and offer a durable Linux operating platform, easy software/hardware upgrades, and exclusive downloadable content from a wide range of entertainment providers.


"VWB recognizes that continuing development is taking place in the worlds of digital communications and entertainment. The MediaREADYâ„¢ 6000 puts users ahead of the curve, making them ready for the next big waves of opportunity," said Jeffrey Harrell, president and CEO of Video Without Boundaries. "MediaREADYâ„¢ 6000 owners will be able to take advantage of emerging technologies such as VoIP phone calling right from their living rooms, while also eliminating the need for separate cable boxes."


All MediaREADYâ„¢ products put a full range of home entertainment at the user's fingertips. Through their networking and onboard storage options, MediaREADYâ„¢ products hold and/or access movies, photos, home video, music collections, and TV shows. In addition to their support for streaming video and audio from the Internet, MediaREADYâ„¢ products include a wireless keyboard for writing email or navigating the World Wide Web, right from the living room sofa


200 Gigabyte HDD

The new MediaREADY 6000 also offers an internal 200GB upgradeable hard disk drive, PVR to DVD read/write support, a room microphone for video calling, and a sleek new case design that compliments home theaters and living room entertainment centers.


Pricing and Availability

VWB's MediaREADYâ„¢ 6000 will carry an MSRP of ($1249) USD and will ship to leading computer and consumer electronics retailers beginning in Q2 of 2006. For more about VWB's innovative MediaREADY product line, or to purchase MediaREADY products, visit www.vwbinc.com


About Video Without Boundaries:


Video Without Boundaries is a leader in digital media-on-demand, enhanced home entertainment, and interactive products that connect people simply. VWB is focused on delivering flexible Consumer Electronics-based products and services that are affordable, easy to use, and simple to understand. For more information, visit www.vwbinc.com
 
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