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Seatback STB runs Linux

Feb 28, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Embedded computer manufacturer and Eurotech Group subsidiary Applied Data Systems (ADS) announced an embedded IP set-top box (STB) intended for seatback applications and digital signage. The Linux-based NetCast Player HD supports high definition live video up to 1080p resolution, says the company.

The… NetCast Player HD is the latest in the ADS ADS NetCast line of single-board computers (SBCs), which includes Streamer models designed for video surveillance as well as Player models. The new NetCast Player HD includes MPEG-4/MPEG-2 decompression technology that is said to play HD video at up to 1080p. and supports HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface). Apparently based on a Sigma processor, the fanless system boasts an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface), WiFi, and USB, and is said to consume minimal power.

NetCast Player HD
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The system is designed to offer flexible, semi-custom product delivery, says ADS. Options include file management over PC, password protection, and touchscreen expandability. A Windows-based server package is included to enable application designers to easily schedule and manage media files over the network, says the company, for example instructing the device to play specific video files during certain times.

Stated Robert Olsen, president of Applied Data Systems. “The NetCast Player HD gives manufacturers of multimedia products choices for various applications such as seat-back entertainment in a stadium or digital signage for a bar or restaurant menu or specials.”


NetCast Player HD is shipping now in customizable standalone or networked versions, including integration with NetCast Streamer.

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