LaCie has revamped its LaCinema Classic multimedia hard drive to be a media player with up 2TB internal storage, optional 802.11n Wi-Fi and a built-in DLNA server that lets users browse, play and share HD 1080p media collections from anywhere in the home, directly on an HDTV.

Designed by Neil Poulton and in keeping with the look of a range of its storage devices, the LaCinema Classic HD sports an HDMI 1.3 connection and is compatible with a wide variety of media formats – from the most popular DivX to high-quality MKV H.264 video format. Add in support for Dolby Digital audio and you have a great entertainment package in a very sleek black box.

The LaCinema Classic HD can be used as an external hard drive to load media from a Mac or PC and can be connected to an HDTV for instant playback. Acting as a DLNA media player, the LaCinema Classic HD also plays movies, music, and photos from a computer or network storage device. LaCie says the LaCinema Classic HD even offers network access to easily transfer files from your Mac and PC, while keeping it connected to the TV. It can also stream content to compatible players, like a PlayStation3 or Xbox 360.

The LaCinema Classic HD also features the option of connecting a USB Wi-Fi 802.11n adapter (sold separately) for wireless access to the home network.

The remote control and navigation interface gives users quick and convenient access to their media libraries (up to 2TB internal storage), while the front USB port provides easy connection of a USB drive or digital camera to view photos on an HDTV.

"LaCinema Classic HD is all you need to store, play and share your movies, music and photos at home. We believe organizing and playing should be simple for everyone, without concern for media compatibility or how to access media, no matter where it’s stored in your home," said Salem Tirane, Digital Home Product Manager.

The LaCinema Classic HD is packaged with an HDMI cable, Ethernet cable and the renowned DLNA Twonky Media Server for Mac and Windows. A USB Wi-Fi 802.11n adapter for wireless access to the home network is sold separately.

LaCie's 1TB capacity LaCinema Classic HD is available for pre-order for US$249.99.

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