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Play Multimedia On A TV With LaCie silverscreen Hard Drive


January 23, 2005

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January 24, 2005 One of the most interesting products slated for release in the next few weeks is the LaCie silverscreen, a portable USB hard drive with the ability to plug directly into multi-standard television sets for instant playback of stored movies, music or photos. LaCie silverscreen is ideal for travellers wanting to enjoy digital entertainment or professionals wanting to show clients corporate videos on larger TV screens without the need for a computer.

The ultra slim and quiet drive comes in 40GB or 80GB capacities. The 40GB LaCie silverscreen is immediately available at the suggested retail price of US$249. The 80GB LaCie silverscreen will be available in mid-February at the suggested retail price of US$329.

The LaCie silverscreen is pre-configured to recognize and instantly play back a wide range of movie file formats, including the MPEG-2 ISO format and the popular compressed DivX format. After uploading multimedia from any PC or Mac through the USB interface, LaCie silverscreen enables a real home theater experience with surround sound thanks to the optical digital output that supports compressed Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS pass through. A remote control is included for menu surfing and playback.

This highly portable 10.6oz/300g drive stores up to 14 MPEG-2 movies, 80 MPEG-4/DivX movies, 20,000 MP3s, or one million photos. LaCie silverscreen also includes a Video On-Demand (VOD) feature that allows people to conveniently rent or buy DivX VOD movies directly from the DivX website.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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