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Windows Home Server to get PVConnect

HP announced that as part of their February update, the HP MediaSmart Server would include free media server software from PVConnect. The software also comes bundled with the new Fujitsu-Siemens SCALEO Home Server. The real benefits that PVConnect brings over a standard WHS installation: The key things include the ability to stream a very wide range of media formats to a range of DMRs including the Xbox 360, PS3 and others, as well as transcoding ability for photos which ensures that your photos are shown at the most appropriate resolution for the specific display you’re serving them to.

According to PacketVideo, the software for Windows Home Server will also be made available to buy spearately through their website, along with a 30 day evaluation version. If you have a MediaSmart Server, you get it for free.

PVConnect released their own announcement regarding their partnership with HP yesterday – here’s the release:

PacketVideo’s (PV) PVConnect media server software will be included in new products launching this year to allow for media content to be shared among a variety of compatible home consumer electronic and mobile devices. In particular, PVConnect will be the media server software for the HP Media Vault 2100 and 5100 network-attached storage devices, both expected to ship in the spring.

PVConnect media server software can manage literally tens of thousands of individual media files without negatively influencing CPU performance. This capability makes it the perfect choice for high-capacity storage units such as the HP Media Vault devices, which can hold up to 1.5 terabyte of capacity and have multiple bays and USB ports for adding even more capacity.

“As the world continues its transformation to digital media, consumers are amassing mammoth amounts of video, music and photo files — files that add up quickly and can become a nightmare to manage and share,” said PV CEO James C. Brailean, Ph.D. “PVConnect is a powerful tool to create order out of media files, and to extend their reach to other home network devices.”

PVConnect server software will also be part of an early spring software update for the newly released HP MediaSmart Server, which is based on the Windows(TM) Home Server platform.

“Our MediaSmart Server and Media Vault products have created exciting new ways for people to connect to their digital content and share experiences with friends and family no matter where they are,” said Carlos Montalvo, vice president of marketing, Managed Home Business Unit, HP. “The integration of PacketVideo’s PVConnect software into our server product suite makes it easier than ever to share and enjoy high definition media files through out the home and on the go.”

Full Press Release

WHS, Windows Home Server, HP, MediaSmart, MediaSmart Server, PVConnect, Media, Server, Digital Reciver, Software, CES

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