Uploaded on Jan 6, 2009
Video-on-demand set-top-box by Verismo Networks, a Moutain View California and Bangalore company, is available for $149 at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001UHO7FG?... with HDMI 720p full codec support.
It plays all Youtube videos directly from the Internet using its Texas Instruments DaVinci processor. It also supports live pre-listed webtv streaming channels, it uses http://vtap.com to pull search results for videos accross many more video portals then just Youtube. It also supports pre-listed video-podcast RSS feeds and movie rentals as downloaded or streamed video-on-demand.
During my current test of this box with its initial firmware, I find that a few features are missing but could possibly come from VuNow in upcoming firmware updates:
- 720p Youtube is not available yet in their interface (it'd be nice that it automatically display Youtube's highest available bitrate quality based on the box's detected available bandwidth)
- some other sites then Youtube don't work yet in the vtap search results (does it have a huge amount of video-blog video-podcast RSS feeds within the search results?)
- WPA WiFi using the WiFi dongle is not yet supported (only WEP and FON WiFi hotspots are not yet supported because they require a browser login process)
- My USB1 keyboard is not yet supported for text input when searching videos (but the keyboard is detected, Enter button pauses and resumes video for now. It'd be cool to post Youtube comments using a wireless keyboard. A comments and live chat interface overlay would have a great potential.)
- .mpg, H264 .mp4 720p, DivX .avi 720p from a USB hard drive are not yet working (perhaps I need to activate more codecs somewhere in the interface. Supposed video resolution support is 720p but details about which codecs at what bitrates has not been detailed within the specifications of the device yet.)
- NTFS formatted USB hard drives are not yet supported neither to read or write from.
- There is currently a thin few pixel green line on the right in HDMI output mode on my European PAL LCD HDTV using the VuNow HD box. I will look further if there is something in the settings that I need to change or perhaps VuNow need to fix this in a firmware update.
I am now going to test how BitTorrent is used on this box. If the Box Control feature allows me to add Torrents to the box's download manager remotely using a web based Interface, if there is some way to add video RSS feeds to the box, some way to submit more live web tv stream sources, some way to add BitTorrent RSS feeds to the box and if the box has some way to alert on new available episodes and auto-download new episodes. I will test how it manages NAS storage and if it can use NAS storage to store downloaded video contents.