Feel like connecting a HTPC or even one of the many streamers to your HDTV is overkill? Toshiba's new StorE TV+ is prepared to quietly retain up to 2TB of media (in various formats, check after the break for specs) until called upon, when it can play them back via HDMI, no connected PC required. It can also connect to PCs or other DLNA devices (like, coincidentally enough, Toshiba's new HDTVs
) networked via Ethernet and the included WiFi dongle or load files directly from memory cards and USB drives. Even with all that, a lack of access to internet video sources makes the £199 MSRP a tough sell even with 2TB of space at the ready, but if it works its way into a TV bundle then there may be buyers willing to bite when it ships next month, while an eSATA hard drive only StorE.D10 model will follow later this year for an unknown price.
StorE TV+ Main Features
Storage Capacity: up to 2TB
Video: MPEG1 (DAT, MPG), MPEG2 (VOB, MPG, TS/M2TS/TP/TRP), MPEG4 (AVI, MP4,
MKV), VC-1 (WMV), H.264 (AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4), RM/RMVB (RM/RMVB)
Audio: MP3,WMA,WAV,AAC,OGG,FLAC,Dolby Digital, DTS Digital
Card: 3 in 1 card slot (SD/MMC/MS)
Subtitles: SSA, SMI, SRT, SUB, IDX+SUB (only DVD files)
USB HOST- Connection USB mass storage device
2x USB2.0 - high speed USB2.0 port.
CVBS, Stereo L/R
Internet - RJ45 port,10/100M