September 22, 2010
| by Julie Jacobson
Fusion Research offers some of the more affordable multiroom media servers for the custom integration channel. And now the company adds streaming media to the line, most notably Boxee.
We’re looking at all of the specialty multiroom movie servers in the custom channel, and few of them implement Boxee in a unified interface.
Crestron’s ADMS has it; Windows Media Center machines from S1Digital and Vidabox certainly allow it, although the WMC implementation is pretty kludgy; Request, one of the first to bring streaming media to dedicated content management systems, doesn’t seem to have Boxee yet.
Fusion integrates the many Boxee services into a content management system that already includes the user’s own DVDs, CDs and downloaded movies and music, “creating a single entertainment solution for both storage and streaming digital media,” according to the company.
All of the content is available via a TV interface or through third-party control systems such as Control4.
“Utilizing the Boxee application has been a main goal of ours,” says Fusion president Joseph Storm. “While other media servers offer single applications with limited functionality, the Boxee service currently includes 200 applications and a further 200 TV shows and we believe they will continue to be a leading provider of streaming content for a very long time.”
The service will be included on future Fusion media servers at no charge. Fusion’s multiroom media systems start at $2,995.
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.