July 10, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Kodak may be a part of your family vacation, but will it be a part of your family TV routine? If anything is going to get them in there, it will be the Kodak Theatre HD Player.
This slim set-top looks like your DVD player, but can display photos, video, podcasts, music and other web-based content right on your HDTV—via Wi-Fi. Stream them off your PC or just pop a card into one of the unit’s card slots.
“With the KODAK Theatre HD Player, consumers will relive the most cherished moments of their lives on their HDTV—the largest and highest quality display device in their home,” said John Blake, Kodak’s VP and general manager of digital capture and devices. “Consumers will have the ability to do more than ever with their pictures, music and videos with easier and more interactive access to their personal content, as well as content from family and friends from around the globe.”
For photo sharing, Kodak offers access to the Kodak Gallery, as well as Flickr. Alliances have also been made with YouTube and RadioTime, for a variety of video content.
The unit can display high-def still images (16:9) and videos (720p). It’s also got a USB port and plenty of outputs, including HDMI.
The Kodak Theatre HD Player will be available this September at Best Buy, Kodak.com and Amazon. The MSRP is $299.99.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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