RCA Akimbo Touts Movielink, Free Upgrade


A few days ago, we posted about Akimbo partnering with RCA to laucnh a second gen Akimbo IPTV box. For those of you not familiar with the service, Akimbo allows you to d/l TV shows off the net and uses Movielink to download movies. What you might not have caught on the last announcement is that this box is a free upgrade for owners of the original box. As evident by the missing HD connections, there is a pretty good chance we will not see HD service from this particular box.

From the article:

The new RCA Akimbo Player is available for pre-order now, and is
expected to hit retailers in mid-October. The unit offers over 100 hours of
video storage, and integrates with your
home network via Ethernet and/or 802.11g Wi-Fi. Video outputs include composite,
component, and S-video; audio outputs include optical and coax digital
output,along with RCA outs and S/PDIF. The unit comes with an 80 GB hard drive
and easy-to-use remote control. What's missing? HDMI and high-definition

As a pre-order special, the RCA Akimbo Player is available for $179.99
with two months of free Akimbo Service; once the players hit retail in
mid-October the price jumps to $199.99, and Akimbo Service will be $9.99 a
month. However, if you're a current Akimbo owner, a limited-time promotion will
let you upgrade to the RCA
Akimbo Player for free
for a limited time if you purchased an
AP1200 Akimbo Player on or before September 27, 2006, and have an active Akimbo
subscription as of October 1, 2006. The upgrade offer runs through December 15,