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November 11, 2004

Upcoming Beyond Media Feature List

I found this post on Snapstream's forum, listing the features that will be included in Beyond Media, a new product to directly compete with other media center products.

Here's what will be included:

  • Photos

    • Browse your photo files

    • Play a slideshow

    • Rotate or zoom during a slideshow

    • Pan zoomed photos during a slideshow

    • Supported formats: JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, TIF, TIFF

  • Music

    • Browse your music files

    • Sort your music by album, artist, or genre

    • Playlist creation and playback

    • Current Playlist screen with visualizations

    • Supported formats: AIFF, AU, MID, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA, WPL

    • Play an audio CD

  • Video

    • Browse your video files

    • Fast forward, rewind, 30s skip, 7s back

    • Playback support for Beyond TV SmartChapters

    • Supported formats: WMV, AVI, MPG, MPEG, ASF, M2P, M2V

  • DVD playback

    • DVD codec included (with Dolby 5.1 surround sound)

    • Fast forward, rewind, 30s skip, 7s back

    • Previous and next chapter support

    • Title and root menu support

    • Audio track selection support

    • Subtitle selection support

  • Weather

    • The weather plugin allows you to check out the latest weather conditions in your area

  • SnapStream Spotlight

    • Buy and listen to music from online music download sites like Napster

    • Rent the latest Hollywood movies from Movielink or Cinemanow without leaving the comfort of your living room.

    • Listen to Internet Radio through internet radio sites like Live365

  • Plays well with Beyond TV, Firefly

    • Integrates seamlessly with SnapStream's Beyond TV

    • Works out of the box with SnapStream's Firefly

  • Miscellaneous

    • File browser

    • Start Menu browser

    • "Running applications" browser

    • Full-screen setup wizard

    • Automatic notification when new updates are available

  • Customizability

    • Rich skinning architecture

    • Powerful plug-in architecture (based around .Net)

    • Configurable menus

Sounds pretty cool. I can't wait to try it out.

Posted on November 11, 2004

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