So Long, Stupid Media Streaming Boxes, You Sucked

They were basically obsolete from the beginning: Massive plastic coffins that beamed media from your PC to your TV. That's it. For $400. And now they're returning to the abyss, where they belong. » 5/18/09 9:00pm 5/18/09 9:00pm

Niveus's Sierra Windows Media Centers Goes Intro-Level for Home Builders

Branching out from their full-featured (read: Expensive) Media Centers, Niveus is introducing a Sierra Edition Media Server, which is also designed for the home-builder market. The Sierra, which is half the size of their normal units, also consumes "low power" and uses an HD DVD drive, 500GB storage, a GeForce "Series 8",… » 1/05/08 7:56pm 1/05/08 7:56pm

Niveus EDGE Media Center Extender Ships Now

Our friends at Niveus, whose EDGE media center extender was already seen back in September, tell us that the unit is finally shipping. It's the first Windows MCE unit to receive the ISF Video Quality Certification, but does what other extenders do—stream live and recorded video, plus pictures, plus music from your… » 1/05/08 7:36pm 1/05/08 7:36pm

Niveus EDGE Media Center Extender Does 1080p, is Whisper Quiet, But No …

The fourth and final MCE extender is by niveus is the best looking, has 3 USB ports which is two more than what you probably need for thumbdrive playback, and best of all passive cooling. The passive cooling, if it is like the type in the full sized Niveus Media Center PCs, it uses heatpipes that go from processor… » 9/27/07 11:58am 9/27/07 11:58am

Microsoft Presides Over Linksys, D-Link and Niveus Media Center…

Later today at DigitalLife, Microsoft's Windows Media Center chief Joe Belfiore will demo the new Media Center Extenders you're just now hearing about, including the Linksys DMA2200 and DMA2100, and the D-Link DSM-750 MediaLounge Media Player. Another one he'll show off is the Niveus Media Extender, which we'll cover… » 9/27/07 12:01am 9/27/07 12:01am

Poll: TiVo Series 3 vs. Vista CableCARD Media Centers


With CableCARD HD Media Centers finally shipping, consumers have a tough choice on their hands. Do they go with the cheaper, yet still pricey, TiVo Series 3 (our review here)? Or do they splurge and get the feature-filled CableCARD Vista Media Center (our video preview above)? It's tough to choose. » 5/21/07 5:00pm 5/21/07 5:00pm

Niveus and MusicGiants Offering HD Music Downloads

Apple and EMI stole the spotlight earlier this month with their DRM-free music announcement, but now Niveus and MusicGiants are teaming up to bring you the first joint HD music store. The store will let audiophiles listen to and download music in the Lossless WMA format at rates up to 1,100 kbps. You'll also be able… » 4/12/07 1:43pm 4/12/07 1:43pm

Exclusive: First Hands-On With Niveus' CableCARD Equipped Vista Media…



Click to viewWe got a chance to visit the Niveus headquarters last week, and the founders gave us a nice hands-on with their upcoming CableCARD-capable systems. If you're not familiar with these media centers, they're essentially Windows Vista machines with an external receiver that handle high-def feeds from your… » 4/03/07 2:00pm 4/03/07 2:00pm

Rumor: Niveus CableCARD Media Center Shipping Next Week

We often send our intern blongo to sift through various companies' dumpsters—he gets to keep whatever food he finds—but most of the time all he comes back with is a handful of useless press releases, some pens, and garlic breath. This time, however, he's discovered that Niveus may be planning to unleash their… » 2/21/07 8:30pm 2/21/07 8:30pm

Niveus' Media Center Monoliths Bring HD DVD and CableCard Support to…

Not for the faint of heart, Niveus' new Media Centers are the Rolls Royce of HTPCs. The Vista-based machines bring HDMI output to your PC along with the a next gen HD DVD drive that allows the system to deliver 1080p playback. PVR-wise, the machine will be one of the first PCs to support CableCARDs from your cable… » 1/31/07 10:44am 1/31/07 10:44am