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Reycom to Launch Windows Media Center Set-Top Box in US for $499

Reycom RECReycom, of Aarau Switzerland, is at CES displaying an amazing new box called the REC at Microsoft’s booth. The REC is a set-top box built upon Windows Embedded Standard 7, utilizing Windows 7 Media Center as it’s user interface. Inside it packs an Intel CPU, Nvidia graphics, dual ATSC tuners, hard drive (320GB or 500GB) and optional DVD or Blu-ray. All of this should be available in Q1 2011 in the United States starting at $499. It sounds like the Blu-ray option will cost more, although it was not specified as to how much more it will cost.

The box will be capable of full 1080p video playback, along with Silverlight, Flash, HTML5, YouTube, and DLNA support. Because it is built on Windows 7 Media Center it will be able to display and stream all of your content from other Windows PCs on your home network, giving you access to all of your music, videos, and photos from across your home. You will also be able to connect  XBOX 360s to it as Media Center Extenders, giving you access to this media in other rooms of your house. It will come with an RF remote, but it is also stated that you will be able to control the device via Windows Phone 7.

The two models, the REC 100 and REC 1000 mainly only differ in hard drive capacity (320GB vs 500GB) and optical drives. The REC 100 includes a DVD-RW, while the 1000 includes a Blu-ray drive.

REC 100 Features:

  • Two HDTV ATSC tuner:
  • 14 days EPG
  • Timeshift TV: Pause-TV, Catchup TV
  • Support for HDTV resolution until 1080i/p
  • 320GB harddrive for TV-recordings, your music, pictures or videos
  • Connected TV, Catchup TV: Access to Internet TV content
  • DVD R/W (or blu-ray REC1000)
  • 4 USB
  • Microsoft Xbox360 as Multimedia-Extender
  • DLNA
  • Games
  • Phone 7 or I-Phone as remote
  • RF remote
  • Standby ≈ 1W
  • best quality

Connections:

1x HDMI, 1x DCIN, 1x TV-IN,  1x LAN, 4x USB2.0, 1x Analog Stereo Out, 1x SP/DIF Coaxial Out.

REC 1000 Features:

  • Two HDTV ATSC tuner:
  • 14 days EPG
  • Timeshift TV: Pause-TV, Catchup TV
  • Support for HDTV resolution until 1080i/p
  • 500GB harddrive for TV-recordings, your music, pictures or videos
  • Connected TV, Catchup TV: Access to Internet TV content
  • blu-ray
  • 4 USB
  • Microsoft Xbox360 as Multimedia-Extender
  • DLNA
  • Games
  • Phone 7 or I-Phone as remote
  • RF remote
  • Standby ≈ 1W
  • best quality

Connections:

1x HDMI, 1x DCIN, 1x TV-IN,  1x LAN, 4x USB2.0, 1x Analog Stereo Out, 1x SP/DIF Coaxial Out.

Source: Press Site, Press Release (pdf)

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Josh Pollard

Josh has been writing software since his parents brought home their first computer. His love for gadgets and technology eventually spurred a passion for home theater technology. After starting the DMZ, he received Microsoft’s MVP award for Windows Media Center. Even though the beloved home theater PC platform is all but dead he continues to tinker with consumer entertainment technology. He’s a life-long gamer and DIY smart home enthusiast. He co-hosts the Entertainment 2.0 podcast with Richard Gunther and the DMZ’s gaming podcast, Story Players, with Joe DeStazio.