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QNAP adds NAS lines with XBMC support, skips the home theater middleman

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
February 6, 2013
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High-rolling (or just highly nerdy) home theater PC setups often have network-attached storage to hold the reams of video that invariably won't fit on the PC itself. QNAP wonders why we don't just cut to the chase -- both of its TS-x69L and TS-x69 Pro entries in the Turbo NAS range support XBMC's home theater software out of the gate, letting either NAS serve as the front-end as long as they're hooked up through HDMI. They won't be the most powerful when they're powered by dual-core, 2.13GHz Atom chips; that might be forgiven when there's space for as many as eight hard drives shareable across the entire home. The lineups start at $479 for empty two-bay editions and scale up to $1,099 for eight. Not cheap, we know, but they may be relative bargains for any movie-watchers looking to simplify the living room.

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QNAP Launches Turbo NAS Series Featuring XBMC

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--QNAP, Inc. launches its latest mid level NAS Series, the TS-x69 Pro and TS-x69L Series with XBMC.

"We are very thrilled to bring the exciting, feature loaded XBMC Media Center to QNAP users"
XBMC Support

The TS-x69 Pro and L series are powered by an Intel® Atom™ 2.13 GHz Dual-Core processor with expandable memory up to 3GB. The XBMC Media Center feature allows users to directly connect the NAS through their TV's HDMI port for direct media playback. Users can now watch their favorite movies, videos, listen to their favorite music, and view their photos directly on their TV. With XBMC, users can also manage their video library, create/manage their own personal music playlists and create their own photo slideshows. "We are very thrilled to bring the exciting, feature loaded XBMC Media Center to QNAP users," said Ivan Hsu, Marketing Sales Director for QNAP. "XBMC has a very strong, loyal following and their user community is ever growing. The addition of this revolutionary application turns your NAS device into a home multimedia component," he added.

Pricing and Availability

The TS-x69 Pro and L series come in 2, 4, 5, 6 and 8 bay models with prices ranging from $479 for the 2-bay models to $1,099 for the 8 bay models. To find our products, please visit our where to by section at: http://www.qnap.com/useng/index.php?lang=en-us&sn=899.

The XBMC Media Center feature can be downloaded for free in the QNAP QPKG Center at: http://www.qnap.com/useng/index.php?lang=en-us&sn=899.

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