Computex 2007: Philips Takes on AppleTV

Computex 2007: Philips previews upcoming set top multimedia box.

The AppleTV may have already been hacked to pieces, making it a lot more convenient to us with downloaded files than it is out of the box. However, for those overly zealous Mac haters, or just those that don’t like the idea of having to crack open their £200 piece of hardware just to play DivX movies, there is soon to be an easy and beautiful alternative.

This brushed aluminium wonder from Philips contains a 40GB hard drive for storing media locally but can also stream video and audio wirelessly from any networked drive. HDMI and optical audio outputs are available and local storage can also be bolstered by attaching extra USB hard drives.

The interface wasn’t ready for demoing yet so I can’t vouch for its usability, I just hope it doesn’t let down what is otherwise a stunning piece of kit. There are a few other details still to confirm, like file format support, but I’ll be sure to update this piece as soon as I found out (hopefully on Monday). For now, though, let’s just marvel at its beauty and dream what it might be capable of.

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