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- Access files on any networked PC from the armchair
- Play Music, Video and Pictures in the living room

London, England – 16 September 2003 - Hauppauge Digital, a leading developer and manufacturer of digital video and TV products for PCs, today announced its first network media receiver product. The Hauppauge MediaMVP (Music, Video, Pictures), priced at £99.99 inc VAT and available in the UK from October, is designed to pull digital media from PCs via local area networks, and to decode and play the media onto TV sets and hifi systems.

The MediaMVP is an Ethernet set-top decoder device which provides PC users greater convenience and versatility with their audio/visual entertainment systems, by allowing them to view media stored in PCs on their TV set or through their home entertainment systems. Unlike other products, the Hauppauge MediaMVP will play video thanks to its high-speed Ethernet capabilities.

"Our MediaMVP will turn any TV set or home entertainment system into a multimedia playback device via the home network," said Yehia Oweiss, Hauppauge's UK Managing Director. "Now, from the comfort of the living room sofa, or indeed their bed, anyone can access and enjoy videos, MP3 music, family photos or other multimedia files on a TV set, without physically going to their PC. MediaMVP will also be great for setting up music and picture slideshows for parties."

Using MediaMVP, for example, individuals can play a video on their bedroom TV that's stored on a PC in the study, or show JPEG photos of a recent holiday - accompanied by MP3 music - on the living room TV with the MP3 music played through their audio system. Any hard drive that's available on the network is eligible for access to media stored there.

MediaMVP is suitable for home theatre systems as well as plasma screens, TV monitors, and conventional TV sets. It supports MPEG-1/MPEG-2 videos, JPEG and GIF digital pictures, and MP3 music files. The MediaMVP supports 10- and 100-Mbit/sec Ethernet local area networks; other versions to be introduced in 2004 will support the emerging high-speed wireless (802.11g) network connections.

Onscreen Menu
Navigating multimedia files from the TV is easy using MediaMVP's remote control and TV onscreen menu. Music titles can be accessed individually for random or organised playback; date, artist, or style can also group specific songs into playlists.

Photos are simple to select using the thumbnails displayed in MediaMVP's photo directories. Simply click on the "Play" or "OK" buttons on the remote control, and the selected photo will appear on the TV screen. With MediaMVP's slideshow function, it's easy to view digital pictures on a TV set while listening to digital music played from the PC through the TV or HiFi. Videos are played in the same way, with stop, pause, and fast forward/reverse controls available on the remote.

Continuous picture and music shows can be set up for family parties on the PC, and then played through the TV or home entertainment system via the home network. MediaMVP will play M3U, B4S, PLS and ASX music playlists from Music Match, Windows Media Player and Winamp.

Powerful Expansion Capabilities
In addition to its other features, MediaMVP is designed to accommodate a wide variety of add-ons and user enhancements. By installing a Hauppauge WinTV-PVR to a PC, for example, users can create a complete home TV and digital media distribution system. TV shows, sporting events, movies and more can be recorded or time shifted; viewers can even see their own custom instant replays without missing any of the remaining program.

MediaMVP also runs on the Linux open-source operating system, enabling it to support numerous upgrades via the network. Future options planned for the MediaMVP include smart card security access, On TV instant messaging and Internet games.

A/V connection options include S-video, composite video and RGB, plus stereo audio output. The MediaMVP is compatible with any PC running Windows XP or XP Professional. Client software, supplied, is required on the server PC(s).

Pricing and Availability
Hauppauge's MediaMVP set-top decoder device is priced at just £99.99 inc VAT, including a remote control and all cables. Units will be appearing in major consumer electronics, computer, and specialty retailers in October. For more information about the MediaMVP, or any of Hauppauge's other digital video TV and data broadcast receiver products, visit

Hauppauge Digital, is the world leader in desktop TV products, with a range covering PC and Mac, analogue and digital, satellite television broadcast, teletext, FM stereo radio, Dolby surround and video capture. In addition the company has recently moved into the set-top box market with the Freeview receiver range. Prices range from £39 to £199 inc VAT.

Contacts for information:

Yehia Oweiss
020 7378 1997
Peter Linton
Media Link
0118 984 3386

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