January 16, 2008 Lacie has announced a new multimedia hard drive with up to 1TB of storage capacity that plugs directly into a television for playback of a wide range of video, audio and photo formats.

Designed to provide simple access personal digital media collections, the LaCinema Premier is available in 500GB, 700GB, or 1TB capacities - the latter being enough to store 1000 movies (900MB per MPEG-4 movie), 320,000 songs (3MB per MP3 song) or 1,000,000 photos (1MB per JPEG photo file).

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Direct TV playback is complemented by silent operation and surround sound via the unit's optical output capability. The LaCinema Premier can also adapt video content up to a 1080i resolution via a component cable to give optimal viewing on most current LCD and Plasma TV screens.

Also doubling as an external hard drive for data storage, the LaCinema Premier connects to a PC or Mac via USB 2.0 and LaCie's "1-Click’ Backup Software" is included in the package.

Expected to ship in February 2008, Lacie is now taking pre-orders for the LaCinema Premier Multimedia Hard Drive which costs USD$249.99, $329.99 and $469.00 for the 500GB, 750GB and 1TB versions respectively.

LaCinema Premier compatibility:

  • Audio:MP3, WMA, AC3, OGG Vorbis
  • Video: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DVD-Video (ISO, IFO, VOB)
  • Photo: JPEG
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