Iomega throws out disk with latest made for TV device
Yonder ScreenPlay TV Link betwixt display and USB storage
Iomega has stripped the hard drive out of its ScreenPlay HD device and is launching a new model that acts as a link between a USB storage device and TV set for displaying high definition media.
The ScreenPlay TV Link supports the same 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i resolutions as the ScreenPlay HD unit (note that the latter two are still achieved through upscaling). The unit links to a display though an HDMI / component/ composite / SCART connection and plays stored media content from external storage.
Supported media formats include MP3, AC3, WAV, WMA, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB), MPEG-4 (AVI/DiVX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x/XViD) and JPEG.
A lack of an enclosed 500GB hard drive makes the TV Link smaller than a deck of playing cards and has it weigh in at a mere 4 ounces. Iomega reckons the form-factor makes the device "ultra-portable" and that's probably true assuming you land at a spot with television, external storage, and cables conveniently located. It also comes bundled with a remote.
The device is available now in the Americas for $99.95. In comparison, the ScreenPlay HD sells for about $220. Iomega said the TV Link will be sold in Europe later this month for €79 (£62.5). ®