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ZvBox: Stream PC video to any TV in the house

by Brad Linder, posted May 1st 2008 8:13AM

ZvBoxStartup ZeeVee announced its new set media streaming device, the ZvBox today. Unlik the Apple TV, Windows Media Extenders, or pretty much any other set top box designed to let you watch PC and internet content on your TV, the ZvBox works with your home's coaxial cable network. In other words, you plug the ZvBox into your PC so it can use your internet connection, and plug the other end into a spare cable jack. It will find a TV channel not currently used by your cable provider and allow create a new HD channel you to tune in to on any TV in the house to access the ZvBox service.

So what content can you access? Pretty much anything you can watch on your PC, including YouTube, Hulu, iTunes, BitTorrent, and Netflix content. If your PC has a DVD player, you can access that. If it has a TV tuner, you can use ZvBox to watch live TV.. on your TV. Or more to the point, you can set up a PVR in the bedroom and watch recorded shows on any TV in the house -- assuming you have cable in each room in the house. If you're in a bunny-ears only household, the ZvBox might not be the best solution.

The ZvBox (plus the ZvRemote control and Zview software -- they like the letter Z) will be available in June for $499.

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Sounds very cool, like a remote monitor of my PC on my TV. I can think of a million uses for this, not just video. Right now I have a DVD player hooked up to my HDTV on the wall that I can now get rid of, because I can play it from my computer. I don't have a set-top box for this TV, just the coax, so anything more I can get online (like Hulu or YouTube) is a bonus. Am I reading this right-- I just need to plug ZvBox into my computer and my cable jack?

May 14 2008 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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