CEDIA 2006: Several new video servers launched

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Music servers from companies like Imerge and Audio Request – which are a bit like giant iPods really – have been around for some time. But video servers, which let you store your entire DVD collection, are now starting to become popular, at least for those with a few quid splashing about.

Displayed at CES was a new server from Kaleidescape which now combines audio and video functionality. What’s particularly neat is that you can store all of your CD or DVD covers as images on your TV screen and simply click on them when you want to play them. The downside is that the system is still quite expensive, costing around £17,000.

A more affordable, but less advanced and even less attractive, solution comes from Xperinet. Expected to retail from around £7000, the entry level Xperinet Polaris has a 1.5 Terabyte storage capacity and can store up to 300 DVDs or 3,300 CDs. Alternatively there’s a model with 2.4 Terabyte capacity which can store up to 480 DVDs or 5,300 DVDs and retails for just under £11,000.

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