Monsoon Multimedia Introduces World's First Convergence Device with 4 Major Disruptive Video Technologies
Monsoon's Vulkano Incorporates Similar Functionalities of TiVo, Slingbox, Roku and Remote DVR All in a Single Convergence Box
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 - Monsoon Multimedia, a leader in video convergence technologies and maker of the popular HAVA place-shifting products, today announced Vulkano, its next generation home video convergence device. Vulkano incorporates major features of TiVo (time shifting), Slingbox/HAVA (place shifting), Roku (Internet video such as Netflix movies) and new functionalities that support streaming and recording video to smartphones, all in one box. Vulkano supports all major smartphone and computer operating systems such as Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Windows and Mac.
Vulkano allows consumers to schedule and record any of their familiar TV channels remotely from a smartphone to the Vulkano's hard-drive and watch the video at the same time or transfer the stored content to a smartphone for later viewing. This can be accomplished through a 3G or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world including airplanes, cars, trains, offices or hotel rooms. Unique, integrated players and EPGs (Electronic Programming Guides) can be downloaded by Vulkano users on to any of the popular smartphones or their Windows/Mac computers.
Smartphone users on average can download 128 hours of video or 84 movies of 90 minutes duration on to their phones thanks to Monsoon's powerful video compression technology. Computer users can download considerably more content on to their hard-drives. A full-length movie can be downloaded on to a smartphone in minutes using a broadband connection. Smartphone users also have the option of viewing any program live without recording it.
With the included hard-drive and a remote control, Vulkano can also be used as a TiVo DVR at home. Slingbox/HAVA features included in Vulkano enable consumers at home or in remote locations to watch their TV programs live on their smartphones or computers. Vulkano is connected to the analog output of a set-top box. At 150kbps uplink speed and by using Monsoon's new technology deploying H.264 compression, Vulkano now allows consumers with lower uplink bandwidth to stream video to the Internet and view the video in high quality in remote locations.
In addition, Vulkano owners can surf the web using the included remote control to watch YouTube videos or view movies from online services including CinemaNow! and others on their big screen TV. Many more television and video applications like Boxee will be added to the Vulkano throughout 2010.
"With the ubiquity of the TiVo, Slingbox/HAVA and Roku (Netflix), consumers have become accustomed to having access to diverse television and Internet infotainment content and services when, where and how they like it," said Colin Stiles, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Monsoon Multimedia. "No one wants a box for each separate feature in addition to their cable/satellite set-top box, or to spend a fortune in acquiring them. Our new Vulkano convergence product provides all of these exciting features plus remote DVR in a single sleek, easy-to-use unit, allowing consumers to have multiple video features for a fraction of the cost. As new disruptive video convergence technologies emerge, Monsoon will integrate them in its Vulkano through software upgrades."
Consumers can also use their smartphones instead of a physical remote controller to control all the Vulkano features at home. The installation of the device is through a simple one step process innovated by Monsoon. Automatic wireless set up is achieved through 801.11n wireless technology embedded in the Vulkano. Vulkano has built-in infrared technology to control the set-top box/TV remotely.
Monsoon Multimedia Vulkano:
- All-in-One video convergence device combines major features of TiVo, Slingbox/HAVA, Roku and Remote DVR features for a fraction of the cost
- High-quality video playback
- Includes hardware remote control; smartphones and computers have on-screen remotes
- Free app with EPG supports Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones
- Streams high-quality video at H.264 and MPEG-4 standards at 150kbps
- Enables full remote control and channel changing capabilities of any TV source such as Cable, Satellite, DVD or TiVo
- Wireless N for video uplink and broadcast throughout the home
- Smooth video over 3G as well as Wi-Fi
- Browse EPG for schedules, series and episode descriptions
- Built in infrared to control set-top box remotely
- Multiple users can have recordings on the Vulkano hard-drive and access them independently
Pricing and Availability
The Vulkano comes in two different configurations. Vulkano and Vulkano Pro have a projected selling price of US$199 and US$299 respectively. Vulkano will come with 4GB of flash memory, while the Pro version will come with a 250GB hard-drive. Vulkano products will be available in March of 2010 through leading on-line etailers, and can be directly purchased with a lifetime or term based subscription from Monsoon.
A customized version of Vulkano is slated to be available at all the leading retailers worldwide starting this summer. This product will be offered by a Monsoon technology licensee.
About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, Smartphone and Consumer Electronics industries. Monsoon licenses and sells highly optimized multimedia solutions comprised of applications, drivers, frameworks, middleware and reference designs. Our customers and partners are semiconductor companies, PC manufacturers, MSO’s, software suppliers and consumer electronics companies.. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company is headquartered in Noida, India with offices in California and Russia. For more information, please visit www.monsoonmultimedia.com.
Catherine Barkley (for Monsoon Multimedia)
What the Media Says
"Monsoon Wireless HD differs from Sling by adding 802.11a/g wireless networking to the mix of transmitting video from a home source (cable, MCE PC, etc.) to your laptop across your home or across the Internet. Vulkano also adds the ability to stream to more than one PC."