Iomega has teamed up with Boxee for a new digital home entertainment option that will debut at CES 2011 in Las Vegas this week.
Powered by an Intel CE4100 processor for full HD 1080p playback, the Iomega TV with Boxee set-up sports the obvious (a Boxee media player for accessing Internet-based content), but also optional hard drive space for the owner's personal multimedia collection. With a potential 2TB of hard drive space at one's disposal, that could hold up to 500,000 songs, 800,000 photos, or 770 hours of video.
Using the built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Iomega TV console also doubles as a DLNA server that will stream to any room in the house and also host a personal cloud to share files among Internet-connected devices with approved access to the cloud.
Nothing is complete without some kind of social networking connection these days. So Iomega TV also connects to Facebook, Twitter, and Google Buzz for TV recommendations from friends.
All of this is operated by a remote control that sports a full QWERTY keyboard on one side and a touch mouse with play, pause, fast forward and rewind buttons controls on the reverse side.
Set to start shipping in February, pricing starts at $229.99 for the basic Iomega TV with Boxee system. For 1TB or 2TB of storage, the price is bumped up to $299.99 and $349.99 respectively. Each option includes the QWERTY remote control, an HDMI Cable, a power cable, side stand and quick start guide along with the Iomega TV box.