updated 11:20 am EST, Sat January 9, 2010
Volcano streams video to smartphones
Monsoon at CES debuted Volcano, an all-in-one home video convergence device. The system combines major features of TiVo, Slingbox/HAVA, and Roku internet video into one package, and supports video streaming and recording to smartphones. Using 3G or Wi-Fi connections, owners can schedule and record TV channels remotely from their mobile phone to the system's hard drive, which can be simultaneously viewed on the smartphone or transferred and stored for later use.
When at home Volcano can be controlled with either the remote control or smartphone, and can be used as a TiVo DVR. Additional features include support for web browsing and the ability to watch YouTube videos or other supported online media services, such as CinemaNow. Locallly, it can handle up to 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Volcano is available in both a regular and pro versions, with the regular model priced at $200 with 4GB of flash memory, while Volcano Pro offers a 250GB hard drive and is priced at $300. Both items are expected for release in March of this year.