Life|ware announced Life|media, a new line of servers built for digital entertainment as well as home control. The company says it used benchmark internal components and the look and feel of a high-end A/V receiver. The result is from 500GB to 4.5 Terabytes of storage for digital music, movies, pictures, and recorded TV as well as instant access to Life|ware’s complete home control. Configurations include Digital CableCARD, NTSC or ATSC tuners, a DVD RW Drive (HD-DVD & Blu-ray coming soon), and with optical audio with Dolby Master Studio decoding.
Basically, other than the networking hardware, Life|Ware has created a one-stop shop with a central GUI for home control and media distribution.
The Life|media Server line includes five models, ranging from a set-top to a four-rack unit high performance edition. All models run Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Operating System, and offer a range of Intel chipsets and processors.
Life|media Servers will start at $4,500 and be available this summer.