The ZeeVee ZvBox allows you to watch streaming online content from your computer on your home HDTV with a remote control.
What the ZeeVee System is All About
ZeeVee ZvBox allows you to stream any HD content from your computer to your HDTVs. It’s a clever system in which the computer broadcasts into the television via an unused cable channel.
Once running, you can basically sit on your couch and use the ZeeVee remote to view online content from your PC. Various sources of ZeeVee ZvBox content from your computer can include:
- Streaming television content from major networks, most in HD (e.g. shows from ABC online like ‘Lost’)
- Movie download services, like NetFlix and iTunes
- The computer’s DVD player, that can be controlled by the remote with any of your HDTVs
- Content from YouTube and BitTorrent peer-to-peer sites
Using the ZeeVee System
Using the remote control with the system, surfing the web becomes a lot easier. The ZvBox gives you access to watching any number of online TV shows and films, stream music with iTunes, browse the web or even check your email. Being able to do this from your HDTV is a convenient novelty.
Setup seems pretty straight-forward: Your computer basically just needs to be hooked up to your existing in-home TV cable wiring, and doesn’t interfere with regular cable-based broadband services.
Video Review of the ZeeVee ZvBox
Online Reviews of the ZeeVee ZvBox
The reviews I read were more or less favorable to this system. PC Magazine praised the device’s ability to display high-definition video from PCs to TVs throughout your house, with no limitations or monthly fees, but they also ripped into the expensive of the system and the complex setup required, as well as the fact that the system isn’t compatable with Mac and Linux.
Reviews from CNET said mostly the same thing, that the system is good in that you can watch web or tv-based video around the house on multiple TVs, but also noted the expensive price as well as it’s setup complexity.
- USB: USB V2, full speed and high speed, Type B connector
- VGA1: High-density 15-pin male DSUB
- VGA2: High-density 15-pin male DSUB
- Cable: F-type female cable TV
- Compatible TVs: HDTV with digital cable ready tuner
- Compatible Computers: Fully tested and qualified for the PC. Mac not supported at this time
- Audio: PCM and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound over USB
- Video Input: VGA (or DVI-A connectors with VGA adaptor)
- Video Output: Up to full HD (1080i)
- Localcasting: RF modulation
- Encoding: MPEG-2
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2; Microsoft Windows Vista
- Processor: 2 Ghz CPU
- Memory: 2 GB DRAM
- Disk space: 50 MB
- USB: Two free USB 1.0 or 2.0, high-speed or full speed ports
ZeeVee ZvBox – Prices, Deals and Discounts
Available to buy at Amazon
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