Kodak Theatre HD Media Player

Kodak is the latest vendor to enter the media player market. They’ve named their product simply Theatre HD Player, although their website implies there may be more models to come.

The Theatre HD Player (we’ll shorten it to THP) connects to your HDTV (via HDMI if you’d like) and to your network either via Ethernet cable or 802.11b/g/n WiFi.

It can suck in audio and video from PCs on your network, Internet Radio, can play back iTunes & M3U playlists, as well as content from USB sticks that you can plug directly into the unit. It also has a mulit-card reader that supports SD, MMC, CF, MS, xD, and SDHC.

The THP comes with a remote and EASYSHARE software. At just $200, Kodak has a seemingly solid entry to the market.

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More info from the manufacturer
Price: $199.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

Sony hopes to make TransferJet fly

TransferJet is Sony’s next shot at taking a leadership role in founding and rallying support behind a new technology standard. TransferJet is a wireless data transfer tech that claims up to 560Mbps speeds. Sony hopes to get this into consumer electronics gadgets next year (2009).

TransferJet is only meant to go short distances, much like Bluetooth, but with a much higher bandwidth so that people can do things like quickly transfer their pictures from their camera to their computer or to a TV or to someone else.

One of the selling points of TransferJet is its touch-to-pair idea, much like Microsoft does with its Surface table, to make it easier to pair up devices quickly for transfer.

Sony now has 14 large CE firms on board, including Canon, Kodak, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba, and has formed a consortium to progress their goals.

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