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Home-theater goes multiplex

September 30, 1999
Web posted at: 1:13 p.m. EDT (1713 GMT)

by Hartley & Pattie Lesser

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Games.net
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(IDG) -- Soon you can have as many as 200-disc DVDs in your home-theater system's changer and controller thanks to Escient's(r)( www.escient.com) PowerPlay(tm). This IEEE-1394, Internet-enabled, 200-disc DVD changer and controller will be available in December, priced at $5,000, and additional changers that service large collections will be available for $1,500.

PowerPlay makes home-theater systems much easier to use, and provides CEDIA Dealers/Installers with the DVD solution of storing, managing and controlling large numbers of DVDs by daisy chaining and the use of additional Escient changers.
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Then whenever you wish you can use Escient's automatic transport and identification technologies to find and play any DVD or music CD in your collection. And with Escient's Internet DVD and music CD databases, PowerPlay provides cover art and data, such as titles, chapters, reviews, and ratings, to the user's TV or display screen.

PowerPlay is a "plug and play" product as it simplifies it connectivity through the IEEE-1394 FireWire(tm) architecture. In fact, PowerPlay's DVD transport is one of the first A/V home- theater solutions to provide and deliver FireWire technology, and PowerPlay's communications bus handles all audio, video, and control functions on one cable.



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