We wouldn't expect for upper-crust aimed media server setups like the ones offered by VidaBox to play nicely with the common rabble, but apparently that's just what is going on. With the click of a check box, its "Drop-n-Rip" Blu-ray and DVD archiving now includes cover art and other metadata compatible with third party streamers including Popcorn Hour, HDI Dune, TViX, XBMC, Sage TV and others. This probably won't drop the cost of a custom installed setup by much, but if you have one and want to bring your own extender hardware (similar to its recent iPad support) into the mix, it should be a simple upgrade.
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VidaBoxServers Adds Metadata Support for Third-Party Players from HDI Dune, Popcorn Hour, TViX, XBMC, & More


Integrators Can Combine VidaBox Servers with Easy, Simple Disc Archiving and Inexpensive, Third-party Players as a Multizone AV Streaming Solution



Garden City Park, NY, USA - Dec. 15, 2011 - VidaBox, LLC has announced enhanced Media Server compatibility with third-party streamers from Popcorn Hour, HDI Dune, TiVX, XBMC, and other budget-friendly players. Dealers and integrators can take advantage of VidaBox's exclusive Drop-n-Rip™ technologies for Blu-ray, DVD, and CD archiving, and combine them with these media streamers to offer a balance between low-cost and convenience.

"Inexpensive streamers are becoming more and more popular, but lack a mechanism for importing disc-based content," explains Cheung. "Our VidaBox servers' and their 1-step, Drop-n-Rip disc archiving feature solves this issue, and with newly added metadata support for third-party players, integrators can provide similar feature sets for their clients, and allow access to stored music and movies with the basic cover art and metadata. It becomes a very inexpensive alternative for projects where our World-Class extenders may be cost prohibitive."

"Network storage devices and media servers play an important role in this digital age," says Scott Walters, Project Manager at Syabas Technology, Inc., manufacturer of the Popcorn Hour and PopBox media streamers. "Our network media players add value to any server setup by letting you stream content directly to your TV with simple and easy-to-use navigation. Pairing our devices with VidaBox's Drop-n-Rip technology, users now have a complete solution for storing and accessing digital content easily and affordably."

"VidaBox servers add a very exciting dimension for seamless Blu-ray & DVD movie archival and playback," says David Yahng of DVICO, Inc., manufacturer of the TViX line of media players. "VidaBox home servers allow the TViX to provide the highest quality playback demanded by movie enthusiasts. Movies stored on the VidaBox can be browsed by cover art for instant playback on any attached TV without the inconvenience of complicated procedures of digitizing their content using a PC."

"The Drop-n-Rip technology on VidaBox servers can greatly simplify the end user experience for any family," states P.J. Julien, a technical enthusiast and hobbyist using XBMC with VidaBox. "Non-technically inclined people or even children can now archive new movies and music by simply dropping a disc into a VidaBox server – the new content then comes up automatically on my XBMC interface after it's been archived."

"I've used the VidaBox RackServerV2 along with Control4 and HDI Dune Players," explains Steven Short of MediaScape AV, "Since its installation, it's been working flawlessly! The Drop-n-Rip feature is a dream, and perfectly integrates together to provide a complete playback solution for my clients."

Metadata support for third-party players is available now on all new systems, and can be added onto existing systems as an optional upgrade. For more details and specifications on the Drop-n-Rip Technology from VidaBox, their media centers, extenders, and other VidaBox digital entertainment and control solutions, please visit the company website at vidabox.com, call +1-516-730-7500, or visit them at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in stand 9B111.

More information about VidaBox is available at www.vidabox.com.