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SyncTV Demonstrates Proof-of-Concept Hardware for Viewing HD Downloads on TVs

SyncTV will demonstrate a proof-of-concept device that will play downloads, including 1080p HD video content on a television set at this year's CES show.

The device is one example of how SyncTV will be integrated into a variety of Consumer Electronics devices, as well as work on Windows PCs, Macs and Linux PCs. SyncTV has an open-standards approach which facilitates third-party hardware manufacturers developing compatible devices. Other devices that SyncTV could be integrated into include television sets, in-car video systems and other portable players.

SyncTV is an unlimited TV download service that launched in private beta in November 2007. The service allows users to download entire seasons of home theater-quality TV shows at a low monthly subscription fee. As well as subscriptions, SyncTV also supports purchase and rental models for TV content. Pricing and channel line-ups will be announced when the service enters a public beta later in Q1. During the private beta, channel subscriptions will be available for free to users.

The video and audio quality of SyncTV programming will be the highest available through Internet download. The minimum video quality of all the content is comparable to the same content on DVD, and where possible, HD content will be available across the different channels. SyncTV will also have programming available in discrete 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. SyncTV has a flexible usage model, allowing playback on up to five home devices, such as PCs, set-top boxes or TVs as well as up to ten portable devices.



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