Softening the distinction between computer hard drive and home media server, the new MovieStation maxi t.u, is an external drive available in sizes up to 500GB and comes with a remote control for operating the drive as a media player. The drive works with Windows, Mac and Linux via a USB 2.0 connection. It can be used to play HDTV and multi-channel audio content as well content from popular movie and music download services, such as CinemaNow, MovieLink, and Napster.
When watching a movie that has been downloaded, MovieStation’s built-in zoom function allows users to eliminate any black bars that appear above and below on some movies. The MovieStation plays high definition (720p/1080i) formatted videos to be watched on a suitable TV set. Stored music can be replayed from play lists compiled by the user. When connected to a TV, MovieStation offers an onscreen menu for playing for all content located on the drive.
The MovieStation supports all the most popular video formats including MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (DVD) and MPEG-4 (AVI, DivX3/5, XviD) files. Music and audio books in MP3, WMA, WAV and OGG format and images in JPEG format are also supported. Video pass through is accomplished via high-quality component video connection (YUV/Y/Pb/Pr), or using the composite video connection. Audio signals make their way to the TV set or home stereo system via an optical digital or analog stereo.
Backed by a one-year warranty, the MSRP for the MovieStation maxi t.u is:
- MovieStation maxi t.u 250GB: $299.99
- MovieStation maxi t.u 320GB: $339.99
- MovieStation maxi t.u 400GB: $349.99
- MovieStation maxi t.u 500GB: $399.99