A closer look at the ZvBox
by Brad Linder, posted Jun 25th 2008 5:09PM
The ZvBox, which was announced in May, is a set top box that brings the PC experience to your TV. Like other media extenders, this means you can watch movies or listen to music stored on your computer, or you can access web content from sites like YouTube and Hulu.
What makes the ZvBox a bit different from other media extenders is that it works with your home's existing coaxial cables. In other words, you plug it into your PC so it can connect to the internet, and into your wall so it can broadcast throughout the house. Now any TV plugged into the wall can pick up your ZvBox content.
ZvBox makers ZeeVee were showing off the device at CONNECTIONS 2008, and eHomeUpgrade got chance to shoot some video of the $499 box in action. A few things I learned:
- The ZvBox remote controls your computer, so whatever your PC is doing is what shows up on the TV
- The other side of that coin is that you can't use your PC to do something else while someone is watching ZvBox content
- There's a good look at the web video interface, with content from Hulu, Jaman, YouTube, ABC News, and other sites