All missing features available on PlayStation 3
A frequently asked questions section posted by Sony today has confirmed the omission of several features on the PlayStation 4 that the PlayStation 3 supported. At launch, the PlayStation 4 cannot use external storage; will not be able to play audio CDs; will be incompatible with MP3 playback, and possibly most importantly, cannot be used as a media streaming receiver, as Sony's own DLNA protocol will not be supported by the device.
Adaptive streaming format supports 1080p
Rovi has introduced an update to its video software, DivX Plus. The latest version is claimed to reduce video conversion times, while adding an MP4 output option geared for iPhones and iPads. Users can also stream content to DLNA-compatible devices, such as televisions and set-top boxes.
Pioneer adds two Elite AV receivers, AirPlay/DLNA
Pioneer has taken the covers off to new additions to its Elite range of AV receivers. Both the Elite VSX-42 and the Elite VSX-60 sport AirPlay support for lossless iTunes and iOS streaming, as well as support for DLNA (1.5) and Bluetooth audio streaming with an optional Bluetooth adapter. They also come with vTuner Internet radio, which is extended in the VSX-60 to include support for Pandora and Sirius XM.
Nokia Play To gets test version for Lumias
Nokia gave Windows Phone owners a rare experiment Friday. Play To should give at least Nokia's own phones, like the Lumia 800, the ability to share their photos and videos through DLNA. The option allows sharing to Blu-ray players, desktop apps, and some TVs.
Pioneer VSX-x22 series receivers arrive
A late-week release saw Pioneer introduce four new mainstream AV receivers that mostly bring Internet awareness to the core of its lineup. The top three, the VSX-822, VSX-1022, and VSX-1022, all have support for AirPlay, DLNA, and vTuner Internet radio to grab media from iOS devices, iTunes, and some other hardware on the same local network. Ethernet is common across all of them, although the 1122 has the choice of a Wi-Fi adapter to reduce clutter.
Google may tap Android at Home for own speakers
Google may be making its own wireless audio system and dipping into its own hardware, an apaprent leak uncovered Thursday. The unnamed system, purported by the Wall Street Journal to have been in the works for years, would share at least music throughout the home. It would be sold directly under Google's brand, including the speakers, but could talk to other hardware and could use a phone or tablet for control.
Samsung vacuum tube, regular Audio Docks hit CES
Samsung preceded CES with a pair of audio docks aimed both at its Galaxy S smartphones and, ironically, iOS devices. The Audio Dock with Vacuum Tube Amplifier, or the DA-E750, mixes both a digital amp and a vacuum tube pre-amp for what it hopes is a mix of accurate sound with warm tones. Samsung is also promising full wireless support for its own Android devices as well as iOS, including Apple's AirPlay, Samsung's AllShare (DLNA), and Bluetooth.
Free app moves AirPlay beyond Apple devices
Eyecon Resources has launched Eye-C (free, Android Market), an Android media player app. The app normally supports playing music back to any device that supports DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance). In a rarity, however, it also has the option of sending music to systems that use AirPlay, Apple's in-house media streaming method.
Network Audio Player enables diverse audio access
Denon has unveiled a pure digital network hub, the DNP-720AE Network Audio Player. The device like some of Denon's more recent home theater hardware has AirPlay support for streaming music wirelessly from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or iTunes library back to an audio component or home theater system. DLNA 1.5 support eases access with other devices.
Sony Tablet S gets our pre-release review
Sony has often been one to pick its battles carefully: sometimes it enters first, like with the Walkman, while in others it waits until it thinks it can achieve something distinct. With the Tablet S, that's more true than ever: Sony is taking on the iPad in the hopes that an infrared remote, custom apps, and a genuinely unique design will give it an edge. Whether or not Apple or Sony's fellow Android tablet rivals have reason to worry is the core of our Sony Tablet S review.
Sony N200, VW95ES, BDP-S185 arrive
Home theater viewers received three new choices from Sony at the IFA show. The SMP-N200 Network Media Player updates Sony's early digital-only box and adds support for both 3D and HD video streaming as well as a new 'concave' design. It primarily taps into Sony's own music and video services, but it can take media from DLNA-equipped devices on the local network and supports the 'throw' sharing from the Tablet S.
Sony SA-NS500 quietly gets reveal
Sony at the same time as our Tablet S hands-on unveiled an upgraded version of its HomeShare speaker to cater to Apple users. The SA-NS500 HomeShare now takes AirPlay sources along with the DLNA of the NS300, making it a more direct alternative to a Sonos box for iPad and iPhone streaming. Sound arrives omnidirectionally and completely wirelessly if it runs on the roughly six-hour battery.
We take an early look at the Tablet S
Sony's highlight of IFA on Wednesday was its introduction of the Tablet S and the Tablet P. Both Android 3.1 tablets are designed to be more portable than usual tablets as well as tap into Sony's existing services, like Music and Video Unlimited as well as Reader and even home theater equipment. Read ahead for our hands-on time with the Tablet S as well as launch details for both models.
Sony Tablet S details leak out at last minute
Sony's S1 tablet has had some of its launch details spoiled just a week before it's expected to show. Now rechristened the Tablet S, the 9.4-inch slate should now be shipping with Android 3.1. Its support for remote controlling home theaters over IR was known, but Engadget has seen that it will now have a pseudo-AirPlay style "throw" over DLNA and should be groomed for Ice Cream Sandwich when it arrives.
Spotify sued by PacketVideo over music distributio
Just two weeks after it entered the US, Spotify on Wednesday was hit with a lawsuit (below) alleging that it violated a patent. Twonky's creator PacketVideo claimed that the streaming music service violated a patent for a "Device for the Distribution of Music in Digital Form." It insisted that it had told Spotify of the patent in May, two months before Spotify launched, but that Spotify had supposedly ignored the complaint.
Netgear N750 Wi-Fi router ships to stores
Netgear on Monday shipped out the headliner Wi-Fi router from the range it showed at CES. The N750 focuses on speed first and will output as much as 450Mbps on the 5GHz band for 802.11n wireless as well as 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, even at the same time. Wired users get their own performance edge with four gigabit Ethernet ports.
We try MiFI DLNA media sharing
Novatel confirmed on Monday -- accidentally, as it told us -- that it was adding DLNA sharing to MiFi routers. The company gave us a look at the technology on display at the ShowStoppers mini-event for CTIA and gave us a fairly good first impression. Read ahead a quick look.
DLNA Server integrated with MiFi OS
Novatel Wireless has announced that its MiFi 2372 mobile broadband router has received certification from the DLNA, enabling the device to be used as a portable media server. The DLNA Server feature, which is built into the MiFi OS, allows users to add videos, music, photos or other files onto a microSD card and stream the content to other devices.
LIke Skifta, but details are currently unknown
Rovi is joining Skifta in enabling DLNA-based media streaming for Android devices. While the Skifta platform has been detailed and revolves around users downloading an Android application for their mobile device and an app for their desktop to enable media streaming, details of the Rovi solution has not yet been made available.
Samsung unveils SH100 ahead of CES
Samsung added another camera in its pre-CES run today with a unique smartphone angle. The SH100 can make a Wi-Fi connection to at least one of Samsung's own Android phones, such as one of its Galaxy S line, to act as a remote control and sharing hub. It can not only push media to Facebook, Picasa and YouTube but preview the live shot, take the photo and geotag the resulting images.
Take your media and play it anywhere
Skifta has launched a new DLNA-based media streaming app for Android mobile devices running Android 2.2. Skifta, owned by mobile chip fabricator Qualcomm, takes a relatively simple approach to enabling content streaming from a userís mobile. Users download the mobile version of the app to their phone and install the desktop counterpart on their computer or NAS server. Once installed, users can stream their media content including movies, music and photos to any DLNA-enabled device including TVís, gaming consoles and Windows PCs.
Samsung 2011 Android flagship leaked in DLNA cert
Samsung's mystery 2011 Android phone may have been given a name and some early confirmed specs through a DLNA certificate (PDF). A previously unknown device known as the SCH-i510 Stealth V has surfaced with DLNA's media sharing support and has received a handful of specifications in the process, such as 802.11n Wi-Fi. Searching for the phone has likewise validated some details, including a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen and an eight-megapixel camera.
Acer Alive store and clear.fi sharing debut
Acer's live event today brought with it plans to emulate Apple's app and media stores but also introduce a new media sharing feature for PCs. The store, nicknamed Alive, will give computers and mobile devices a "real-time" reaction. As users buy or download titles of any kind, the store will use a Genius-like recommendation system to suggest content and refine results.
Media streaming and NAS, 1TB HDD, for Mac & PC
The WD TV Live Hub media center has been leaked ahead of its formal product launch. The new STB comes with 1TB of storage, 1080p video playback over HDMI 1.4, component and composite video out, and optical S/PDIF. It supports streaming media services including Netflix, Blockbuster, Pandora, and YouTube. Mac and PC compatible, it connects to networks via its gigabit Ethernet and can act as an iTunes server. It is also DLNA compliant and stream media to compatible devices.
LG Optimus 7 to use flicks for DLNA sharing
LG at the end of the IFA show confirmed the existence of the Windows Phone 7-based GW910 and detailed its signature feature. The newly-christened Optimus 7 will support DLNA+ media sharing and can push any audio, photos or video to a host device with a gesture. A flick automatically moves the video to a DLNA-aware TV, a PS3 or a similar hub without the elaborate effort.
Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra uses Orb, TiVo sharing
Netgear upgraded its ReadyNAS network-attached storage in a major form tonight with its first Ultra devices. The four-bay Ultra 4 and six-bay Ultra 6 are built for home users who want to move as much data to a network share as possible and adds an extended amount of media sharing as a result. Both boxes can serve as remote recording space for TiVos on the network, and the spaces can be shared through Orb to be played on iPads and other iOS devices as well as Android and BlackBerry smartphones.
Devices offer DLNA streaming, Pro Logic IIz
Onkyo has introduced three new receivers, each featuring support for 3D video and iPhone/iPod connection. The TX-NR1008, TX-NR808, and TX-NR708 offer an Ethernet port for integration with home networks, enabling DLNA streaming and access to additional content such as Pandora.
QNAP rolls out TS-410 home NAS
QNAP furthered its push into mainstream network-attached storage on Monday with the TS-410. While resembling its work-oriented drives, the NAS is meant for the home and has built-in DLNA and UPnP servers to share media over a local network, including to the PS3, Xbox 360 or to iPhones and iPod touch devices through an iPhone app. It also brings BitTorrent, FTP and HTTP downloaders to grab files no matter which computers are online.
CEA Mulls MP3 Standards
The Consumer Electronics Association is considering implementing technical standards for handhelds and other home electronics, according to an announcement late yesterday. The organization says it has formed a discussion group that would gauge interest in a cross-platform standard that would ensure digital cameras, GPS navigators, MP3 players, and video screens all obey a certain minimum standard for integrating with other devices in the home.
AccuNAS AN2L enclosure
Sans Digital on Friday unveiled the AccuNAS AN2L two-bay RAID NAS enclosure, providing users with a compact storage unit that can link disks in RAID levels 0, 1, JBOD and Spanning. The box is said to share media with Mac, Windows, and Linux boxes, as well as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable, or any UPnP/DLNA-based media player. Sans Digital is selling the AccuNAS AN2L for $365, available from the company's website.
Sony HS1 Home Server
Complementing its TP HD home theater PC, Sony on Wednesday rolled out a new home server. The 1TB HS1 and its 1.5TB HS1S counterpart are some of the first VAIO extenders offered by Sony and are built expressly to share content automatically: PCs with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) compatible software, as well as devices such as the PlayStation 3, can automatically find content from the HS1 and stream it over a gigabit Ethernet link.
NEC Lui Formal Launch
NEC this morning prepped the final launch of its Lui media streaming devices. Essentially more advanced versions of today's media extender devices, all four models provide a network connection to the music and video of a DLNA- or Windows Media Center-capable PC in a reportedly more elegant way than with traditional extender hubs. The Lui RP (pictured) is considered the standout with a UMPC-like handheld design; users are given enough control with a directional pad and QWERTY keyboard to find and play media from its four-inch LCD. The Lui RN offers the same formula in a 10.6-inch notebook that reaches a very thin size by depending on its media source for storage.