updated 06:05 pm EST, Wed January 7, 2009
LaCie LaCinema Classic
LaCie has begun selling the LaCinema Classic, a new hard drive intended to serve as a media streamer for TVs. Users first connect the drive to a Windows, Mac or Linux system via USB, where they load the Classic with music, photo and video files; supported formats include JPEG images, MP3 or WMA audio, and DivX, XviD or MPEG-4 AVI video. A variety of subtitle files can be used as well. Once the files have been copied, the drive can be connected to a TV, where media can be browsed with a remote.
The Classic includes composite and HDMI 1.1 video outputs, and is able upscale resolution to 1080p. Audio options include regular stereo or S/PDIF. Two versions of the drive are being sold: a 500GB model retailing for $170, and a 1TB model whose price is currently unpublished.