Monsoon will be refreshing their Vulkano media hubs with new models that were first seen at CES, with the Blast and Flow models. The former is capable of streaming video up to 1080i with an integrated 160GB hard drive which doubles up as a media storage device while functioning as a DVR for unencrypted TV – all without having to own an external drive. Of course, the majority of its older features will be carried over such as YouTube streaming, local network media sharing via 802.11n Wi-Fi or Ethernet and remote playback from a free desktop app. You do have the option of coughing up $10 for an iOS, BlackBerry or Android mobile apps edition. For those who are rocking to Symbian and Windows Phone 7, respective versions of the viewer apps are on their way, alongside Amazon VOD (Video on Demand), Netflix and Yahoo Widget support that ought to arrive via firmware updates as well. As for the Vulkano Flow, this newer concept for Monsoon will have its sights mainly focused on streaming existing TV to a computer, phone or tablet. Expect both devices to ship later this month, with the Blast and Flow retailing for $199 and $99, respectively.
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