Iomega Gets In On Media Player Action

Iomega’s new range of HD media players can store up to eight million photos

Iomega new family of ScreenPlay HD Media Player products, including the ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player, feature-rich HD media player that makes it easy to browse your home network for stored videos to view on your TV, directly access online content from popular Internet sites, claims the manufacturer.

These units create a link between the home network and the home theatre by allowing users to store content on the ScreenPlay’s hard drive and then use an intuitive remote to play the content on their large screen television.

The ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player has full 1080p HD playback (24fps) and up to 1TB of space to save multimedia files.  The ScreenPlay Director is DivX Home Theatre certified to play DivX video, as well as supporting many of today’s popular CODECs and file types, including H.264, WMV and MKV, as well as plenty of others.

The ScreenPlay Director is compatible with PCs and Macs, and has an Ethernet connection so you can store, access and share videos, photos and music across your home network or store all the files in one location on the ScreenPlay Director.

The ScreenPlay Director also includes a selection of popular online media pre-configured, such as YouTube, Flickr, Shoutcast Internet radio, RSS feeds and podcasts.  You can also configure the ScreenPlay Director to add other RSS feeds and podcasts.  With three USB 2.0 ports onboard, you can attach other external storage devices, a camera, flash drives, or a WiFi adapter.

The ScreenPlay Director HD media player can hold up to 8 million photos, 37,000 hours of music, or 3,000 hours of video.

Another new product in the ScreenPlay product family is the new entry-level HD media player, the ScreenPlay Plus, which acts as both a HD multimedia player as well a storage device for your media library. Available in 1TB capacity, the affordable new ScreenPlay Plus supports native high definition 720p and 1080i video playback, and is DivX Home Theatre certified to play DivX video, too.

The ScreenPlay Plus is compatible with such media formats as MP3, AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI-VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DivX/XViD) and JPEG. The ScreenPlay Plus includes an HDMI connection and a USB 2.0 port for accessing additional storage from a portable hard drive or a USB Flash drive.

1TB ScreenPlay Director $399
1TB ScreenPlay Plus HD $299