Launched this Easter weekend, the M one is a Windows Home Server based system which combines 2Tb of internal storage with 4 DVB-T digital terrestrial tuners to allow simultaneous multi-channel TV viewing and recording around the home, as well as a multitude of other functions:
- Watch live DVB-T television
- Playback recorded TV programs
- Set-up TV recording schedule
- Electronic Program Guide
- Listen to your music collection
- View your picture albums
- Watch DVD files
- Watch downloaded videos
- Watch online videos (incl HD)
The M one box can be located anywhere that provides a wired network + TV antenna + mains power. As with other products in their home server range, additional storage is available via the easy connection of exetrnal hard drives. Tranquil have been testing the device heavily over the past two months at their HQ in Manchester for stability as well as ensuring the units power consumption is minimised.
The hardware is a customised version of Tranquil’s popular A3 chassis, which was recently awarded PC Pro’s A List status ahead of the HP MediaSmart Server.
We’ll have more details on the M one over the weekend, but for now, it’s great to see more home server innovation coming out of Manchester from Tranquil PC – I think the Media Server arena is going to be a very exciting area we’ll see home servers evolve to, and the fact that this kind of functionality can be achieved with the existing Windows Home Server platform is fantastic news, and a much needed shot in the arm for the home server category.
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