MALATA NORTH AMERICA SHIPS FIRST 15-HOUR DVD RECORDER WITH BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS
Toronto-based Malata Ships DIVA Units Across Canada,
Including to Best Buy’s Future Shop, the Brick and Sears
(ONTARIO, CANADA) Malata North America has begun shipping into the Canadian market a revolutionary new consumer hardware platform that combines the industry’s longest DVD recording format (up to 15 hours) with broadband Internet access, VOD and digital video and audio recording and playback capabilities, according to Henry Jung, Malata North America chief executive officer. The units start as low as $399 and will be available through Future Shop (a division of Best Buy), The Brick and Sears Canada by the end of April.
DIVA is an acronym: D DVD Player, I Internet Broadband Streaming Device, V Video Recorder (PVR), and A Audio/Video Playback of Digital Content on a Standard TV, including home movies made on a digital video camera and edited in MovieMaker. The DIVA is the first standalone consumer electronics device to use the ubiquitous Windows Media Player (WMP) found on virtually all personal computers running MS Windows to record television programming.
This offers consumers the ability to record television onto a DVD-R or CD-R with up to 15 hours of quality television programming using WMV, or over 70 hours of WMA music per DVD-R disc. The DIVA also can serve as a broadband Internet browser able to "stream and burn" Internet-based movies and music like a PC, and supports HighMAT Video as well as the ability to play back digital home movies made with Windows Movie Maker 2 in the family room.
The DIVA combines the best of digital VCR capabilities for recording, storing and (unlike most PVRs) transferring content with full media gateway capabilities and a DVD player, all for as little as $399 (DVD + CD/R version). The higher end DIVA-2 includes a full-blown DVD-R plus a separate DVD player and will sell for a street price of $599 (which is competitive to standalone DVD-R components). The DIVA-1 and DIVA-2 are the first devices to support the video capabilities of HighMAT and also support playback of home movies created with Windows Movie Maker 2.
Jung also noted that the ease with which the DIVA plays digital movies created with Microsoft Windows MovieMaker software. “Prior to the DIVA, it was an arduous process to save these digital files to a format that could then be played on a television set, large-screen or otherwise. With the DIVA, it’s automatic save the file to disc, put it in the DIVA and press lay.”
Finally, the DIVA will be the first Windows-powered consumer device that does not require a PC to enjoy. The PVR and streaming capabilities are all usable completely independent of a PC. One can now stream and record WMA songs and WMV9 videos directly from the Internet using its built-in Ethernet connection, which is Broadband, DSL/cable modem ready, and surf the Internet on one’s TV, plus downloads audio and video content without the use of a PC. The DIVA-2, for example, will hold more than 70 hours of WMA songs on a single DVD-R disc.
Both devices were developed in association with Aeon Digital, which developed the navigation-based operating system software and holds the content development rights for the device. Aeon Digital, based in Hollywood, CA, is at the technological forefront of delivering VOD content using the Internet.
The DIVA-1 unit contains everything noted above, but with a CD-RW drive instead of a DV-RW drive. The CD-RW drive is configured to play all digital video formats and record television shows to disc, but at one-sixth the capacity per disc. The DIVA-1 retails for $499 and is expected to sell at a street price of $399.
The DIVA-2 unit, which is the gold standard, adds full-fledged DVD-RW capability to the DIVA package. In addition to recording over 11 hours of television or 70 hours of digital audio per DVD-RW, the unit will also record less-expensive CD-RW format discs for when a smaller recording footprint is required. The DIVA-2 retails for $699 and is expected to sell at a street price of $599.
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