Helios Labs announces the Helios Odyssey

helios-odyssey.jpgHelios Labs announced the introduction of their newest product called Helios Odyssey. The Odyssey is a networking media hub capable of streaming content to multiple X-Line players as well as any UPnP-enabled devices. The Odyssey supports up to 1 TB storage capacity, features a fan-less, and passive cooling design.

Hong Kong – Sept 25, 2007 – Helios Labs announces today the Helios Odyssey, a networking media hub capable of streaming content to multiple X-Line players as well as any UPnP-enabled devices. The Odyssey supports up to 1 TB storage capacity, features a fan-less, passive cooling design, and will be the centerpiece for the future of digital media entertainment; establishing Helios Labs’ focus on a PC-less home entertainment solution.

The internet is changing every aspect of life, especially how media reaches the people. According to Adams Media Research, annual consumer spending on Internet downloads of movies and TV shows will surpass $4 billion by 2011, a dramatic increase from only $111 million last year. With all of this popular content available and being widely distributed via the internet, the consumer needs the home entertainment industry to evolve to meet their demands.

“The phrase ‘media center’ has been thrown around for more than a decade and has focused on the PC as the center of home communication and entertainment for far too long. We believe the Odyssey’s intuitive, user-friendly design will be much more than just a viable alternative, it will be tailor-made, by you, to meet all the needs of a digital home in today’s world of digital home entertainment,” comments Jean Chen, CEO of Helios Labs.

And with hard drive support of up to 1 TB of space, the Odyssey gives you ample room to fill it up with as much content as you want. That means roughly: 1,300 movies, 250,000 songs, 250 HD movies and innumerable potential for anything else you’d like to store for your own network. Stream all of it via an Ethernet cable or setup a wireless LAN connection to send your media to multiple rooms in your house or office; this is one solution that caters to you, not the other way around.

A media center solution couldn’t be simpler as the Odyssey networks with our X-Line immediately. It will automatically start the media server, whether you’ve connected it to your home PC network to intuitively move all of your media to the Odyssey or you’ve directly connected the Odyssey with an Ethernet cable to instantaneously stream your files to our X-Line players — it will know what to do. The fan-less, industrial designed full aluminum case creates a passive cooling system that allows it to be on 24/7 without worrying about power consumption or noise pollution, making it ideal for the home environment when you’re asleep or the office environment, as there’s no risk of fan-failure.

The Odyssey features an open-source, Linux core that promises a future of innovation and creativity. It will have the option of many features including a P2P client, RSS feeds and many more as new installation packages become available. With the might of the Linux community behind the Odyssey, the potential for innovation is limitless.

“So many companies are going the way of proprietary solutions, locking the consumer into a limited number of formats and forcing them into a media prison of sorts. We are going in a different direction, we are going towards the future; a future that gives you a chance to create your own library of content and stream it to any TV or stereo in the house. This is yet another way we are putting the power back into the hands (and fingers) of the people,” states Jean.

Combine an intuitive, always-on media hub like the Odyssey, with the wide variety of supported formats that our X-Line players provide, and the unlimited potential of the internet and you have the Helios Media Center Solution, the future of digital home entertainment. And with the announcement of the Helios Odyssey, this journey has only just begun.