By Keri Algar

SYDNEY, NSW: Japanese innovation has hit shelves in Australia with the release of a new digital media player by Buffalo.

The LinkTheatre offers networking via Ethernet connection, digital audio output, two USB ports, HDMI and composite video outputs. It can stream digital movies, music and photos over home networks and multimedia storage devices to full high definition televisions.

The player improves on its predecessor by providing users more versatility. It is compatible with cameras, video cameras, iPod devices, desktop computers, laptops, USB flash drives, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, DLNA-certified media servers and other multimedia storage devices.

Files supported by the player also include MPEG-1/2/4, Xvid, WMV9, RealVideo and FLV and various audio and image files like jpeg, bmp, png, gif, tiff, WMA, Mp3, WAV and FLAC.

Brad Hales of Uniden, who distributes Buffalo in Australia, said the LinkTheater would impress media enthusiasts.

“By bringing all this content together in the one place and optimising it for HD televisions and integrated hi-fi equipment, the LinkTheater is the missing piece in the home entertainment system,” Hales said.

The Buffalo LinkTheatre (LT-V100) is RRP $149.