Monsoon Multimedia Announces Vulkano Lava Availability
Six-in-One Media Convergence Device Lets Cable and Satellite Customers Worldwide Embrace the Smartphone, Tablet and Smart TV Explosion
San Mateo, CA - September 15, 2011 - Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced the launch and general availability of the Vulkano Lava. The TV companion device Vulkano Lava gives millions of cable and satellite subscribers the ultimate flexibility to enjoy their TV via capabilities including DVR, Web TV, TV Anywhere, Remote TV, Mobile DVR and Mobile to TV Media Streaming anywhere in the world for $199.
Monsoon's Vulkano Lava is the world's first 6-in-one convergence device. The Vulkano Lava connects to a set-top box, enabling users to schedule and record any program (DVR); stream hi-quality TV to smartphones, tablets and computers anywhere in the world (placeshifting); watch YouTube on a TV (Web video); watch TV in a different room in or out of the home without an additional set-top box (Remote TV); stream music, photos, video from smartphones, computers, tablets and cameras to TV wirelessly (UPnP/DLNA); and record content directly to smartphones, tablets and computers with encryption (sideloading).
"The Vulkano Lava is the perfect TV companion for consumers who are looking for the ultimate flexibility in enjoying their television programming and personal entertainment content anytime, anywhere," said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. "We believe that not only should you be able to view your television content wherever you want, whether that be on your iPad or on the TV at a vacation home, but we also want you to enjoy videos, music and digital photos captured on your mobile device by streaming them directly onto your big screen TV at home."
Vulkano users can begin watching and controlling all of their TV channels and content through a wired ethernet, Wi-Fi or 3G connection on a PC or Mac, by downloading the appropriate Vulkano Lava Player from www.myvulkano.com. Vulkano Lava Mobile Players are available for $12.99 for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and Android tablets and smartphones from the respective app stores.
Later this Fall, Monsoon will also be offering the Vulkano Blast with an enhanced feature set and a 340GB built in hard drive for $249. In the future, the Vulkano Blast will sport a Browser and a significant number of web applications through an automatic software upgrade. Monsoon also sells the popular Vulkano Flow mobile accessory for $99. The Vulkano Flow is currently available at Radio Shack, Fry's Electronics, MicroCenter, TigerDirect, Amazon and other retailers and online etailers.
Summary of Vulkano Lava Features:
- Transforms smartphones, tablets, iPod touches, PCs and Macs into Mobile Video Recorders
- Recorded programs play back on smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs
- Direct record mode allows for Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, even on iPhone and iPad
- Schedule TV recording by show, channel or date and time
- Remote TV enables users to view their TV on a second television hooked up to a Vulkano, anywhere
- Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
- Mark channels as Favorite for quick access
- Watch and control your live TV on the go via Wi-Fi or 3G
- Watch at home on tablets and computers in near HD resolution
- Change channels just like at home
- Search and watch YouTube videos on your home television
- Enjoy photos, video and music on home TV from UPnP supported devices, such as smartphones, PCs/Macs, NAS drives and cameras
- Vulkano apps include built-in UPnP server functionality
- Multiple users can have recordings on Vulkano hard-drive and access independently
- Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television menu
- Connect to all major TV sources - cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
- Stream video at H.264 standards at rates as low as 150kbps
- Includes 4 GB internal storage
- Connects wirelessly through Vulkano's on board .11n Wi-Fi to home router
- TV content is passed from the set-top box's analog output (component, composite) to Vulkano; using resolutions up to 1080i
Pricing and Availability
The Vulkano Lava is now available at Fry's Electronics, Amazon, MicroCenter, The Brick other leading retailers and etailers as well as at www.myvulkano.com for $199. The Vulkano Lava provides free PC and Mac players, while iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, tablet and additional smartphone applications can be purchased for $12.99 each in the respective app stores.
About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.monsoonmultimedia.com.
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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."