Monsoon Multimedia Launches Vulkano Blast
Monsoon's Universal Video Entertainment Box with DVR, Web TV, TV Anywhere and Mobile DVR at $199
SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today launched the Vulkano Blast, which is very easy to set up and integrates DVR, web video, TV Anywhere, Universal Plug and Play streaming (UPnP), Mobile Video Recording and 160 GB internal storage for just $199.99.
The Vulkano Blast is the most versatile and powerful TV video platform today. It gives consumers the freedom to watch TV and web video content from anywhere in the world, as well as view personal content on the TV from smartphones, tablets, computers or video cameras. The Vulkano Blast can replace multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku, while providing a complete video, photo and music experience across smartphones and tablets (iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry), PCs, Macs, televisions and soon on Windows 7 and Symbian phones.
"The Vulkano Blast allows consumers to access their live, recorded or archived content anytime, anywhere. Today's consumers want access to their content instantly and we are dedicated to bringing this to them at an affordable price," said Colin Stiles , EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon.
After moving through the simplified set up process, users can watch and control all TV channels through a wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi or 3G connection by installing a Vulkano Blast and downloading the appropriate software application onto the supported devices from www.myvulkano.com or from the respective app stores. Then schedule a recording through the Vulkano Blast EPG (electronic program guide) to transfer, watch and control the recordings at any time from the device.
The Vulkano Blast lets users watch YouTube on the TV and by leveraging UPnP they can stream video and photos from their smartphones, computers, NAS drives and cameras wirelessly on to their living room TV. In the near future, Vulkano will offer free service upgrades such as Amazon, Yahoo! Widgets, Netflix and others.
Today Monsoon Multimedia also announced the Vulkano Flow, a smartphone accessory that enables television content to be viewed anywhere on BlackBerry and Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Macs, PCs and soon Windows 7 and Symbian devices, available for just $99. Both devices come pre-loaded with PC and Mac players, while iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, tablet and additional smartphone applications can be purchased at the low price of $9.99 each in the respective app stores.
Summary of Vulkano Blast Features:
- Transforms smartphones, tablets, iPod touches, PCs and Macs into Mobile Video Recorders
- Recorded programs play back on smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs
- Direct record mode allows for Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind
- Schedule TV recording by show, channel or date and time
- Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
- Mark channels as Favorite for quick access
- Watch and control your live TV on the go via Wi-Fi or 3G
- Watch at home on tablets and computers in near HD resolution
- Change channels just like at home
- Search and watch YouTube videos on your home television
- Enjoy photos, video and music on home TV from UPnP supported devices, such as smartphones, PCs/Macs, NAS drives and cameras
- Multiple users can have recordings on Vulkano hard-drive and access independently
- Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television menu
- Connect to all major TV sources - cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
- Stream video at H.264 and MPEG-4 standards at rates as low as 150kbps
- Includes 160 GB internal storage drive
- Connects wirelessly through Vulkano's on board .11n WiFi to home router
- TV content is passed from the set-top box's analog output (component, composite) to Vulkano; using resolutions up to 1080i
Pricing and Availability
Both Vulkano Flow and Vulkano Blast will be available in January at www.myvulkano.com and at leading etailers and retailers. The Vulkano Flow, $99, and Vulkano Blast, $199, come pre-loaded with PC and Mac players, while iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, tablet and additional smartphone applications can be purchased for $9.99 each in the respective app stores.
About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.monsoonmultimedia.com.
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