Monsoon Multimedia Announces HAVA Support for Microsoft Windows Rally
Monsoon HAVA Microsoft Windows Rally Support Allows Customers to Easily Enjoy the Digital Lifestyle
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – January, 2008
Monsoon Multimedia, an innovative digital video solutions provider, today announced support for Microsoft Windows Rally in its HAVA line of video time- and place-shifting devices allowing customers to effectively integrate Monsoon’s multimedia technologies into their digital lifestyles by easily connecting HAVA devices with their home wireless networks.
The Microsoft Windows Rally platform provides a seamless method for network-connected PCs to effortlessly setup and connect Monsoon’s HAVA devices to the Internet or to other computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. With integrated discovery and automatic configuration, Microsoft Windows Rally offers easy, reliable, secure connectivity to HAVA users, delivering a rich video streaming, place- and time-shifting user experience.
Monsoon’s HAVA line of video streaming devices allow customers to stream video to multiple PCs throughout the home or view and control live home TV from anywhere in the world on a broadband-connected PC, Windows Mobile phone or handheld computer. The included HAVA Player software includes a wide range of familiar virtual remote control designs allowing users to change channels and control other features of their video source as if they were sitting at home.
Monsoon’s HAVA also allows a PC to operate with TiVo-like functionality. Customers can pause, fast forward, rewind and record live TV to a PC hard disk and burn the recorded content to DVD for archiving purposes. In addition, the HAVA can employ WiFi to serve as a wireless network TV tuner for Media Center PCs within the home allowing customers to enjoy the full functionality of their Media Center XP or Vista PC without having to install a TV Tuner Card or place their PC in the living room.
“Monsoon is dedicated creating innovative, easy-to-use technology that lets our customers do more with their TV”, said Colin Stiles EVP, Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. “Our inclusion of Microsoft Windows Rally support is a significant step in Monsoon’s mission to enrich the consumer TV experience for the connected home.”
HAVA features Monsoon’s vBooster technology which provides superior picture quality and enables multicast video allowing an unlimited† number of PCs connected to a home network to view video content while simultaneously transmitting video to a broadband-connected PC or mobile phone anywhere in the world. Monsoon’s vBooster technology allows the local MPEG-2 video streams to bypass the router, effectively doubling the available bandwidth, while simultaneously keeping the PC connected to the router for non-video traffic.
Monsoon HAVA Features:
- Stream Live 1080i HD TV to multiple PCs within the home (Multicast)
- Component input and support for HD video source (1080i, 720p, 480p/576p) played back in the native 16:9 aspect ratio on the client display
- Supports Windows Vista
- Functions as a wireless networked TV Tuner for Microsoft Media Center PCs on home network
- Connects to any TV source including Cable, Satellite, DVD, TiVo or a Camcorder
- Enables TiVo-like functionality on the PC. Users can record, store, pause, rewind and fast forward stored video
- Schedule and record programs for later viewing
- Allows archival of recorded material to DVD
- All inputs include a pass-through connector, eliminating the use of splitters when connecting HAVA to home video equipment
- Streams video at an average of 18-20Mbps directly to PCs in a home network in MPEG-2 at 1080i
- Streams MPEG-2 format over the home network, MPEG-4 format over the Internet
- Supports Windows Mobile 5.0, 6.0 cell phones and PDAs
Pricing and Availability
The Monsoon Multimedia HAVA with true HD streaming will be available Spring 2008 through select retailers and etailers nationwide as well as directly through Monsoon's e-tailing division at www.myhava.com.
About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards based multimedia products
and technologies for the PC and Consumer Electronics industries. Monsoon
Multimedia licenses highly optimized multimedia solutions comprising
applications, drivers, frameworks, middleware and reference designs. Monsoon
Multimedia also distributes and sells its revolutionary TV place shifting
device under its own "HAVA" brand. HAVA lets you watch live home TV or your
own recorded content in multiple rooms around the home, at work, or around
the globe. Monsoon Multimedia's customers and partners are semiconductor
companies, PC manufacturers, software suppliers and consumer electronics
companies. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company is
headquartered in Noida, India with offices in California and Russia. For
more information, please visit www.myhava.com and
Anders Steele (for Monsoon Multimedia)
Public Relations Coordinator of Software Freedom Law Center