Sony Organizes Digital World With Home Entertainment Server

Device Features 500GB Hard Drive, 200 Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Changer

Sep 05, 2007, 01:00 ET from Sony

    DENVER, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- (CEDIA Booth #600) Sony Electronics
 today unveiled an innovative solution for organizing personal collections
 of digital movies, music and photos in a stand-alone device called the
 HES-V1000 Home Entertainment Server.
     The unit features a full HD 1080p 200-disc Blu-ray Disc(TM)/DVD/CD
 changer (196 12cm BD/DVD/CDs and four 8cm BD/DVDs) and 500GB hard disc
 drive that can store up to 137 hours of video, 40,000 songs or 20,000
 digital photos. Additionally, the device is Sony's first Blu-ray
 Disc-capable component other than a VAIO(R) notebook or optical PC drive
 that can burn content to Blu-ray Discs, as well as DVDs.
     "With its extraordinary storage capacity, the HES-V1000 unit is the
 perfect device to store and share personal digital content, such as
 high-definition home movies and photos," said Christopher Fawcett, vice
 president of home video marketing for Sony Electronics. "Not only can you
 burn photo slide shows and home movies directly to BD or DVD to share with
 friends and family, the device's massive storage capacity allows you to
 house an entire collection of movies, digital music and photos."
     In addition to its vast playback and storage capabilities, the
 HES-V1000 unit offers Sony's new x-Application(R) feature that includes
 x-Pict Story(TM) HD and x-ScrapBook(TM) photo slide show so users can
 create customized photo presentations with the click of the remote.
     x-Pict Story HD utilizes unique layouts with sophisticated
 face-recognition technology and syncs transitions with music selected from
 personal content libraries to create a unique photo slide presentation.
     x-ScrapBook offers a compelling slide show that the device
 automatically arranges in a very fast timeframe to explore memories in a
 personalized digital scrapbook. Users can also export both types of slide
 shows to Blu-ray Discs or DVDs to share with family and friends.
     Featuring Sony's Technical Emmy award-winning XMBTM (XrossMediaBar)
 menu, the system offers easy set up and content navigation. Additionally,
 when the system is connected to the Internet via Ethernet or an optional
 wireless adapter (sold separately), it accesses commercial CD, DVD and
 Blu-ray Disc movie and music metadata for discs housed or stored in the
 device, making it fast and easy enjoy content. While connected to the
 Internet via Ethernet, users can also download any firmware updates
 directly to the system.
     The HES-V1000 system can play back music stored on the hard disk drive.
 It has the ability to wirelessly stream music throughout the home with a
 router to other devices, including Sony's CPF-IX001 wireless music player
 and other Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-compatible wireless
 devices, such as PLAYSTATION(R) 3 (PS3) videogame console and select VAIO
 notebook computers. The system can register up to ten devices with four
 independent audio streams.
     Storage, playback and archiving abilities are not the only features
 users will appreciate. The new device has a stylish design featuring a
 mirror black tower measuring about 12 1/4 x 31 5/8 x 15 7/8 inches. The
 cabinet's integrated controls are all backlit touch sensitive. The displays
 can either be read from the front or top of the tower.
     Connectivity is generous with S-video, composite, audio and HDV/DV
 (i.LINK(R)) inputs, as well as HDMI(TM) with BRAVIA Theatre Sync,
 component, optical, coaxial and analog outputs. The unit also features
 Memory Stick(R) media inputs, Secure Digital cards, CompactFlash media and
 xD-Picture CardTM flash memory readers, allowing easy transfer of digital
 image content.
     The HES-V1000 Home Entertainment Server will be available in October
 for about $3,500. It will be offered direct at and at Sony
 Style retail stores nationwide, as well as at military base exchanges and
 authorized dealers around the country.