LAS VEGAS--It's quickly becoming clear that one of the trends at CES 2010 is the prevalence of all-in-one media players and networked streamers. While we already got a taste of the, the company is debuting three new products that launch the device in a more ambitious direction. All of the products still get content to your TV screen, but now offer much more useful ways of doing so.
The first, the ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player, is directed at consumers who want the ability to get their content via a home network, local storage, or the Internet. The device packs a whopping 1TB of storage and supports an array of video types, including DivX and H.264. A total of three USB ports allow you to hook up any device or external storage. An included remote lets you navigate content right on your screen.
The Ethernet-ready ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player (you'll need an adapter for Wi-Fi) also allows you access to preprogrammed Internet sources such as YouTube, Flickr, and ShoutCast. Of course, you can also set up the device with your favorite RSS feed and podcast. The ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player will be available this month for $250.
For fans of offline content, the Iomega ScreenPlay Plus HD Media Player gives you all of the playback options you want (HDMI and 720p/1080i output) minus the Internet and network compatibility. The included 1TB of storage will play back a laundry list of file types including MP3, AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding), WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI-VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DivX/XViD), and JPEG with one USB port for transferring content. The ScreenPlay Plus HD Media Player is available now for $170.
Finally we have the ScreenPlay TV Link Director, which is essentially a bring-your-own-storage version of the ScreenPlay Plus HD Media Player. For $130, you are only getting the player, not the 1TB for holding all of your media. But for just $40 more, we'd say go for the ScreenPlay Plus. The ScreenPlay TV Link Director should be in stores within the coming months.