|Japan's Leading Internet Video on Demand GyaO Service From USEN Embraces New Home TV Application|
Thursday February 1, 8:00 am ET
USEN's GyaO Plus Developed by I-O DATA DEVICE and Powered by Sigma Designs' Media Processors
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--I-O DATA DEVICE, INC., a worldwide distributor of PCs and consumer electronics, today announced the GyaO Plus, a "TV connected PC" that can be connected to the GyaO Internet Video on Demand (VOD) free service operated by USEN CORPORATION. GyaO Plus comes with a ten foot interface remote controller and makes it easy for all consumers to access GyaO Internet content on their TV, anytime. Initially available online at tv.gyao.jp, the GyaO Plus has a suggested retail price of Yen 24,800 ($234 USD) which includes all tax, shipping and handling costs.
I-O DATA DEVICE, INC. co-developed GyaO Plus with USEN CORPORATION, I-O DATA DEVICE USA, INC. and Sigma Designs, Inc. The product offering is part of the USEN Group's evolution into a "Media Contents Company" which officially began in 2005 when GyaO became Japan's brand new broadcasting service for the PC. Today, approximately 13 million users enjoy GyaO Internet, TV, movie and music content free of charge as the service is fully operated by advertising revenue.
"We are pleased to work with USEN to help bring the company's GyaO customers, including non-PC holders, a new and exciting free Internet content offering," said Jack Akita, director of business development of I-O DATA DEVICE USA, INC. "The GyaO Plus TV connected PC will strengthen our already number one place in the market three years running with the LinkPlayer series of digital media adapters also powered by Sigma Designs' media processors."
"Our media processors have become the de facto standard for use in consumer electronics products worldwide," said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing, Sigma Designs. "With the rise in demand for connecting content between the PC to the TV in home consumer electronics, our breadths of technologies offer consumer equipment vendors and service companies a complete development platform for a whole new generation of products."