The latest gadgets of Sony & Western Digital seem to be a leap ahead when it comes to integrating a Internet based entertainment with the Television set and home theater.
I remember about twenty five years back Television was a novelty with only rich could afford. Colour Television was only being talked about. Indian Doordarshan (meaning Far Vision) was the only channel which beamed for four hours every day along with Sunday movie which was a total hit with TV owners. Sundays would be like a cinema theatre at homes and housewives not budging from their TV sets.
The TV revolution today gives us with array of TV choices in terms of hardware, the DTH providers and also hundreds of TV channels some of them in HD format too. As if this was not enough Sony came with Blu-Ray Home theatre system which gave a choice of using DVD, CD and Blu-Ray discs to be played with home theatre. The killer part was the ability to play online content by connecting to streaming video content sources online and integrating online entertainment with home theatre systems.
The BDV-E870 which is priced at INR 40000 (About $900) is certainly a creative piece of entertainment which is sure to delight the owners.
Western Digital latest offering of TV Live Hub has something really unique to offer.
This small box has 1TB of storage space which allows you to store contents on the internal disk and play as and when required. Contents can be anything from movies to songs and photos. The device has all the features of Sony BVD-E870 minus the Blu-ray/DVD drive and speakers, but has additional 1TB storage which can make a big difference mainly in those homes where streaming online content is not possible because of the restricted internet bandwidth, typical to Indian homes. WD is also very pocket friendly with a price tag of about INR 11000 (USD 220).
Home entertainment is certainly going to see a revolution in coming times.