We've seen a couple interesting remote media players
solutions in the past few months, and even some laughable attempts
to merge the two, but this NAS unit from SavitMicro comes the closest we've seen to combining the two devices successfully. In addition to being a standard NAS / USB 2.0 box with a 3.5-inch SATA drive bay, the cineDISK features a host of output options, including a 1080p-capable DVI port (although max resolution is listed at 1080i), component and composite video outs, optical audio out, and two USB host ports for plugging in extra storage. Codec support isn't as full-featured as we'd like, but it covers the major bases: MP3, Ogg, WMA, WMV HD, HDTV@TP, DivX, MPEG-4 and MPEG-1/2. No word on pricing or availability, but if this thing comes in at a reasonable number (and lands in the US) we can see a lot of people being interested. Hit the read link for a couple more beauty shots, including one of the back panel.