Video, Audio, Email And Online Gaming in One TV Set-Top Box
By Linda
Matsushita products, has manufactured a groundbreaking new set-top box. The ep Station TV set-top box offers online gaming, Personal Video Recording over satellite broadband, interactive access to video and audio broadcasting, email and banking, all in one box.

Seagate's Barracuda ATA IV is a fast 7,200-rpm hard drive, fast enough to copy an hour of MP3 music in under one second, and fast enough to stream eight movies simultaneously, in DVD quality, without dropping a frame.

It is also the quietest available. It's still fits silently into living rooms and bedrooms.

'ep Station presents a brand new Consumer Solution platform and digital experience to general consumers,' said Mr. Aoki, Staff Engineer of Matsushita. 'The low acoustics, high performance and reliability of Barracuda ATA IV, coupled with strong technical support from Seagate's Consumer Electronics (CE) team, have helped us adopt the right storage technology for our set-top box.'

'More and more, TVs, game machines and audio components are using hard drives for storage,' said Joel Stead, Seagate senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. 'A new need for high-performance Barracuda ATA IV hard drives in CE is emerging. In Matsushita's ep Station it gives users rapid access to many applications that bring entertainment and the Internet straight to the TV screen.”

The Barracuda ATA IV hard drive is now recognized as a unique answer for a new breed of high-powered CE applications, joining Seagate's U Series hard drive, which has also been widely adopted by the CE industry and is used by all of the top ten Consumer Electronics makers.

Today, hard drives help people control their TVs with Personal Video Recorders, their music in digital jukeboxes, and the immersive game experiences of the Xbox. Now, with Seagate drives in the ep Station, consumers can control video, music and communication all in one device.

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