Roku on Wednesday introduced a
2.0 beta software update
PhotoBridge HD1000 digital media player, which connects to a home entertainment system and provides a way for computer users to play music, show pictures and play computer-based video. The new 2.0 release will add support for unencrypted AAC music files, commonly used by iTunes users looking to save space on their hard disks compared to MP3 files.
Other changes in the software add support for Universal Plug And Play (UPnP) AV, MPEG-2 “program stream” support — to play back DVD Videos that have been “ripped” to a computer without needing third party software, text display in Japanese, German and French, and support for PAL, the video format used in Europe.
The Roku PhotoBridge HD1000 costs US$299. It works with Mac OS X v10.2.6 or later. The 2.0 beta is ready for download from Roku’s Web site.