Xtreamer Promo Video Released, User-Created Demos in Tow


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I have to admit. When we first got the news about a new digital media streamer / NAS called Xtreamer in June, my first thoughts were: this sounds too good to be true; this could be vaporware. Well, neither is the case. Xtreamer is the real deal and the UI that I was curious about is shown in its full glory by numerous demo videos coming online at YouTube. Attached above is the company’s Xtreamer promo video (or mini commercial) and below is a product tour showcasing the UI and some of its functionality — all of which looks pretty impressive. FYI, Xtreamers has a promotion going on where they will throw in the 802.11n wireless USB adapter at no charge (a 20 Euro value), if you purchase the 99 Euro device before 8/1/2009.

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  • Blair

    Aren’t there a million “Network Media Tank” like devices that do this already? Why is this one important?
    I still think a decent Mini ITX PC running a Linux flavor and XBMC beats most of these products hands down. I look forward to the day one of these companies gets it right. The Apple TV is close. Give me a set top box that does 1080p, plays any format, and has a decent GUI a la Aeon “Stark” and I will buy it. (hulu,podcasts, and other online content would be nice too)

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    Different strokes for different folks. Some people would rather buy a sub-$150 plug-n-play digital media adapter / NAS capable product than build a mini-itx based PC and configure all the necessary software. Overall, this product seems to have everything I’m looking for in such a device. I’d love to take it for a spin at some point. FYI, it does output 1080p via HDMI, it can play just about every format available, and it supports playback of online media content. The only thing missing: Gigabit Ethernet (but that’s not a big deal if you don’t have any HD grade video content or you’re planning on using 802.11n for HD video streaming).

    http://www.xtreamer.net/89/content-pages/Specs.aspx

  • RoohBear

    I ordered one of these to check it out but it won't be shipped until August 10th.

    I paid via PayPal, and the payment went to MVix Europe… I think I just accidentally bought another MVix product. I hope this is better than the MVix PVR which is fine but wasn't quite polished.

  • RoohBear

    My XTreamer arrived! It took about a month, and came from Hong Kong. The invoice on the outside said “Sample – No Resale value” on the box so I didn't have to pay customs fees :-)

    Like I thought, this is another MVix product. It seems to be just another MVix PVR without the ability to record, in a smaller box, with a snappier interface. Whatever they use for an OS must let the mfgr create skins, because all the menus seem the same as with the MVix PVR. Even the error messages have the same really bad English translation. For example, I put a 40 GB STAT HD inside and copied some DVD ISO files onto it overnight. When I checked on it in the morning, the hard drive had filled up and displayed the error message “No!”. I then had two buttons to choose: No or OK. Such decisions! :-)

    I don't want to write another giant review of my experiences this time, but I would guess it plays a few more files.

    There is a command in the menus to browse videos through MVix.net but just like with the PVR, it's not done yet.

    One thing is new is that it has an SMB server built-in so I can see it on the network as a machine called “Venus”, and copy files to it. Why is it called Venus? There's no place in the menus to change that. Shouldn't it be called something obvious like XTreamer? I can copy files to it using Windows 7, but my Mac running OSX 10.5 thinks the HD is full. It's just another case of really poor testing.

    Another neat thing is that I can resize the video output during playback. With the MVix PVR, you have some zoom controls but this one lets you stretch any amount horizontally and vertically to remove the black bars. THAT I like :-)

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    Thanks for that! It was informative and entertaining ;) From the videos that were posted online, Xtreamer sounded like it was quite polished. I guess it still needs a little work. Let us know if you see any drastic improvements via future Firmware releases.

  • RoohBear

    My XTreamer arrived! It took about a month, and came from Hong Kong. The invoice on the outside said “Sample – No Resale value” on the box so I didn't have to pay customs fees :-)

    Like I thought, this is another MVix product. It seems to be just another MVix PVR without the ability to record, in a smaller box, with a snappier interface. Whatever they use for an OS must let the mfgr create skins, because all the menus seem the same as with the MVix PVR. Even the error messages have the same really bad English translation. For example, I put a 40 GB STAT HD inside and copied some DVD ISO files onto it overnight. When I checked on it in the morning, the hard drive had filled up and displayed the error message “No!”. I then had two buttons to choose: No or OK. Such decisions! :-)

    I don't want to write another giant review of my experiences this time, but I would guess it plays a few more files.

    There is a command in the menus to browse videos through MVix.net but just like with the PVR, it's not done yet.

    One thing is new is that it has an SMB server built-in so I can see it on the network as a machine called “Venus”, and copy files to it. Why is it called Venus? There's no place in the menus to change that. Shouldn't it be called something obvious like XTreamer? I can copy files to it using Windows 7, but my Mac running OSX 10.5 thinks the HD is full. It's just another case of really poor testing.

    Another neat thing is that I can resize the video output during playback. With the MVix PVR, you have some zoom controls but this one lets you stretch any amount horizontally and vertically to remove the black bars. THAT I like :-)

  • http://www.ehomeupgrade.com Alexander Grundner

    Thanks for that! It was informative and entertaining ;) From the videos that were posted online, Xtreamer sounded like it was quite polished. I guess it still needs a little work. Let us know if you see any drastic improvements via future Firmware releases.