Philips Streamium for Mac Coming?

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by MacRumors, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001
    Streamium is a consumer electroic product line from Philips which promises to bridge your PC movies, music and photos with rest of your house.

    Like the previously mentioned HomePod, these devices work over WiFi and allow you to utilize your PC's multimedia content.

    Philips had previously announced support for Rendezvous in such devices, hinting that it would provide seemless integration with your Mac. Phil Schiller also hinted at the coming of these devices in late 2002.

    According to their FAQ, the 'PC-Link' enabling software to bridge the PC to the components does install on Mac OS 10 (though the download link is not presently available.)
  2. macrumors G4


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    iBox Related???

    Could this rumor be connected to the iBox rumor? If it is, perhaps Streamium will be compatible with or even part of the iBox (if it is in fact released).
  3. macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
  4. macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2003
    Greenvale, NY

    should be very interesting. I hate the night before Steve's Keynote. I never sleep well. Am I a geek?..... yes. :D
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2003
    What with the Sony PSP/PVR box, this and the HomePod it looks like a new market is opening - time for Apple to join it with the iBox. Please ....
  6. macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2003
    Southern California

    This sound exactly like what I have been looking for! Anyone know how much this will cost?

    An Ibox would be even better. I hope they annouce and Ibox!
  7. dak
    macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    Slimp3 and Squeezebox - better! has a couple of great products that have been out for a while now. One is wired, one is 802.11 wireless with optical outputs. I've used them and they're fantastic!
  8. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    This is what MacWorld Paris 2002 was about... wasn't it?

    During the Keynote, Philip's CEO, Gerard Kleisterlee (I think), talked about such a product. I remember him... not a gr8 speaker (understatemant).
  9. macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2001
    This is a couple of dodgy companies trying to start a market for products that should be classed as 'domestic clutter'

    Do we need this? No.

    Drag your ipod to another room and plug it into the stereo.

    You wanna server system in your house?!
    Yeah, you can link it to your Tablet PC.....
  10. macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    If you don't like it... Don't buy it ... some of us don't like wires everywhere.
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2004
    If you take a look at the FAQ, you'll see it is based on (at least) UPnP. I don't know if RendezVous is supported, but it's perfectly possible to implement a UPnP compatible (audio/video) server to use on your Windows, Linux or Mac machine. Some media-bridge vendors are using the MS-SDK for UPnP, won't work on the Mac. Some are using the Intel SDK, but only deliver an app. for Windows. If Philips implements the UPnP server by an Java application, it should work on PC, Mac, Linux, whatever. Ok, still for better integration with Mac, RendezVous might be nice.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2002
    What if we don't want an ipod? Or we don't want to have to syncronize it with our library. this device will just straem audio straight from my computer in a slick and easy way, without having to mess around.
  13. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    only a pc user would want to plug wires to gadgets ;) because they ain't got rendezvous.

    ok now back to the topic.

    according to the website, the connection would be usb. would the streaming be slower?
  14. macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    well .. USB 1.1 is 12MBps ... and original Airport was 11MBps
    and most Cable modem connections don't break the 1 MBps

    So i think the speed of transfer would be fast enough for most audio

    Although i question this solution for Video, particularly HD

    any thoughts?

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