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Niveus Media Centers to Ship With HD Media Store

The media server manufacturer has teamed up with MusicGiants to deliver CD lossless quality and multi-channel music downloads directly to Media Center.

Milpitas, CA–Niveus Media Inc. and MusicGiants have announced the availability of high-definition 2.0 stereo and 5.1-surround sound music downloadable on Niveus 2007 Windows Vista-based media centers.

Niveus new HD Media Store provides an intuitive media center interface to access MusicGiants extensive network of digital downloads from major and independent labels. Niveus exclusively designed media store is the first high-definition media portal that enables downloads and purchases through Windows Media Center via MusicGiants. The HD Media Store enables customers to easily browse, purchase, and download music from MusicGiants in the Windows Media Audio Lossless (WMA) format store, and seamlessly access this content from within the Windows Media Center Music menu, providing a single location for ones entire music collection.

Niveus is excited to bring our dealers and customers into the world of HD Media downloads, states Tim Cutting, CEO of Niveus Media. By working closely with MusicGiants, Niveus is the first to launch an integrated music shopping experience that delivers the best in high quality music downloads from the MusicGiants catalog.

Niveus 2007 Vista-based media servers, including the Summit Series, Rainier, and Denali Editions, as well as the Pro Series, n7 and n9, are now shipping and incorporate the live HD Media Store software application. The company says the media servers are a great option for those dealers and custom integrators looking to fill the void from HPs recent decision to discontinue development of its Media Center Edition (MCE)-based Digital Entertainment Center (DEC).

MusicGiants, which launched in 2005, offer high-definition, digital recordings from the top music companies such as EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. The downloads deliver full resolution music at up to 1100 kbps for true CD quality sound. This WMA format boasts up to four times the sound quality of any other download service, including those expected to be available in May 2007 from EMI through Apple. MusicGiants also offers Super HD downloads (as in re-mastered DVD Audio or SACDs available in either 5.1 surround sound or 2.0 stereo) which play at sample rates up to 11,000 kbps.

Were pleased to have Niveus be our first hardware partner to deliver MusicGiants integrated premium HD entertainment to their media centers, said Scott Bahneman, CEO of MusicGiants. The combination of Niveus and the Vista platform now allows consumers to purchase their entertainment at the highest quality available for home use and also transcode it down for all of their portable devices.

Niveus customers with Windows XP-based media centers can visit the website for the latest product and software updates, product information, and software downloads, including the MusicGiants portal. Niveus 2007 media centers are amongst the first Windows Vista Ultimate-based Media Center systems to incorporate Intels Viiv technology including Core 2 Duo processors, HD DVD and CableCARD compatibility for premium HD television viewing and recording.

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