LaCie ( has announced new products to expand
their range of Wireless HD media players — the LaCinema Black PLAY
and LaCinema Black RECORD with designs by Neil Poulton. The new
LaCinema Black products are built to optimize how consumers access
and play content right from their HDTV.

LaCinema Black PLAY and RECORD provide home networking capabilities.
Users can choose from a direct network connection, or use the
built-in Wi-Fi connection to store music, movies and photos from any
computer on the local network. A built-in UPnP client player lets you
access media content from a networked Mac or PC.

Designed with High Definition in mind, LaCinema Black PLAY and RECORD
allow users to watch downloaded HD movies and television programs
directly on the television. These new products are capable of
decoding 1080p resolution movies, HD JPEG photos and 1080i upscaling
of Standard Definition movies. Users can also enable surround sound
through the optical audio output.

LaCinema Black RECORD features Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
technology, which allows users to record, pause, and rewind TV shows
with the support of a connected set-top box or cable converter.

With the user interface, families can browse their media, creating
photo slideshows or music playlists with the touch of a button,
according to Patrick Salin, LaCie Multimedia Business Unit manager.
LaCinema Black products also come with a parental control feature to
password-protect files, allowing parents to centralize and secure
their multimedia content with confidence.

The LaCinema Black PLAY and RECORD are available starting at 500GB
and support a broad variety of file formatting options. They’re
capable of storing up to 710 movies, 165,000 songs, 500,000 photos,
or 250 hours of recording. USB ports for peripherals allow users to
expand capacity, or store their photos and videos by directly
connecting video and digital cameras.

The LaCinema Black is available through the LaCie Online Store or
LaCie resellers at the suggested retail price starting at US$429.99.