November 16, 2005 Iomega has announced the new ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive, a portable Pocket-Sized Mobile 60 Gigabyte hard drive with built-in multimedia playback capability that makes it a digital media jukebox for photos, songs and video files that can be used with virtually any television or audio-video system in the world. Designed for families and road warriors that have long struggled with the inconvenience of transporting computer-based digital media (audio, video, and still image files), the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive offers new freedom to anyone who wants to enjoy digital video, photo albums, music collections and work files on any TV or A/V receiver—without the need for a computer.
“The Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive is a great 60GB portable hard drive with built-in multimedia features that make it the ideal digital media player for virtually any television or A/V receiver,” said Brian Still, Manager of Product and Channel Marketing, Iomega Corporation. “People can liberate their audio, video and photo files from the PC and take them anywhere, whether it’s the living room, a hotel, grandmother’s house, the client’s office or the conference room. The Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive brings a new level of convenience and personalization so you can watch and listen to what you want, when you want, without the need of being connected to a computer.”
The ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive is an external hard drive with audio and video outputs, built-in multimedia playback capability, and a set of DVD-style playback buttons.
Tiny and elegant at just 5.20" x 3.07" x 0.70" (132 x 77.2 x 17.8 mm), the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive uses on-screen TV navigation to help users select a video, song list, or slide show. Since the ScreenPlay drive comes with its own wireless remote control, menus are easy to navigate from across the room.
A USB 2.0 port enables fast data transfer with a computer at hard-drive speeds; outputs include NTSC or PAL analog video (using composite or S-Video connectors) and analog stereo audio (using RCA connectors).
When connected to a computer’s USB 2.0 port, the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive operates like a normal 60GB hard drive. Music, photos and video files are easy to add; just copy files from the host computer and off you go.
When connected to a TV or A/V system, the ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive becomes the media jukebox of the digital age. It streams popular video formats directly to TV via its S-Video or composite video connectors; compatible formats include MPEG-1 (AVI, MPG, DAT), MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB), and MPEG-4 (AVI, XviD). It also can handle JPEG photos of up to 8 megapixel resolution, motion JPEG files at 15 or 30 frames per second (digital camera movies), and MP3 digital audio files.
The ScreenPlay Multimedia Drive is compatible with Pentium® III-class or equivalent processor or higher running Microsoft Windows Win98/SE, Me/2000/XP Home or Professional. It is also compatible with Mac OS X (10.2) or higher.
Just in time for holiday shopping, the new Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia drive is now available for a U.S. suggested retail price of US$219.95. The Iomega ScreenPlay Multimedia drive can be purchased at www.iomega.com or from select online and web retailers.