September 11, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
Tired of looking at your old home control? ReQuest is adding a bit of flair to its graphical user interface—high-def.
The new HD-TV GUI works with the company’s N-Series and F-Series media servers, as well as any large-screen TV that accepts signals that are 720p or better. It can be used with a conventional IR remote; ReQuest has a library of codes for your installer to set you up.
“The HD GUI delivers crisp, great-looking 16:9 images and fast, incredibly easy response, thanks to its big, 720p HD output and wonderfully simple on-screen interface,” says ReQuest’s CEO, Peter Cholnoky. “The user needs just five commands—Up, Down, Left, Right, and Enter—to perform any operation, which can be issued by virtually any available IR remote controller. There’s no learning curve to climb because navigation and use are entirely self-prompting.”
Users can select genres, make playlists or search content via the HD-TV GUI. It also provides access to web radio, AM/FM or any satellite radio services. Other features include “widgets,” which provide quickie access to news, weather, webcams, and more.
According to ReQuest, users will need a VGA-component converter or other means of accepting or converting VGA signals. Existing ReQuest users can get the software update online. However, the ReQuest HD-TV GUI will be included into ReQuest’s operating system v4.6.3, which is available now.
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