Monsoon Multimedia Announces Retail Availability of HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD

Monsoon Multimedia, an
innovative digital video solutions provider, today announced retail
availability for HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD — two full-featured
video streaming and place-shifting devices that allow customers to view
and control their live TV on PCs connected to the home network or from
anywhere in the world using a broadband-connected PC or mobile phone.
Monsoon’s HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD give customers flexibility in
how, when and where they view their home television at a highly
competitive, low price point.

The Monsoon HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD utilize Monsoon’s vBooster technology providing robust picture
quality and enabling multicast video transmission that allows multiple
PCs within a home to receive video content at the same time. In
addition, the HAVA Platinum HD offers seamless integration with
Microsoft Media Center
PCs, including full personal video recorder (PVR) functionality,
time-shifting, and HD video support. The HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD
are available immediately for purchase at Fry’s Electronics stores, and other select retailers nationwide.

"We are very excited to offer our innovative line of HAVA devices
through retail and e-tail channels at a price point that leads the
pack," said Colin Stiles, EVP, Sales & Marketing at Monsoon.
"Consumers can now conveniently purchase a HAVA online or from a nearby
store and enjoy their home television from multiple PCs within the home
and on an Internet-connected PC or mobile phone from anywhere in the

The HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD enable high-quality MPEG-2 and
MPEG-4 streaming and recording of video content from any video source,
including live TV from set top boxes, DVD players and TiVo, to multiple
PCs in a home or business. Users can also connect to the HAVA using an
Internet-connected PC or mobile phone and begin enjoying their home TV
with familiar remote control functionality from any location globally.

The HAVA Platinum HD also enables the PC to operate as a PVR allowing
users to pause, fast forward, rewind and record live TV content to hard
disk or burn onto DVD. Windows Vista and Windows XP Media Center
Edition users can utilize HAVA as a virtual networked TV tuner,
extending the Media Center TV experience to any room in the house. Xbox
360 users can also use HAVA to stream live TV from their Media Center
PC to an Xbox connected TV to watch favorite programs.

Monsoon HAVA Gold and Platinum HD Features:

  • Supports Windows Vista
  • Multicast to multiple PCs simultaneously
  • Connects to any TV source including Cable, Satellite, DVD, TiVo and Camcorders
  • All inputs include a pass through connector, eliminating the use of splitters when connecting HAVA to home video equipment
  • Streams video at an average of 6 Mbps directly to PCs in home network in MPEG-2 full D1, full screen at 720 x 480 pixels
  • Streams MPEG-2 format over the home network, MPEG-4 format over the Internet
  • Component Input and support for native 16:9 display ratio
  • "HD capable" (HAVA Platinum HD only)
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition integration — appears as an installed TV-tuner card (HAVA Platinum HD only)
  • Enables
    TiVo-like functionality on the PC. Users can record, store, pause,
    rewind and fast forward stored video (HAVA Platinum HD Only)
  • Schedule and record programs for later viewing (HAVA Platinum HD only)
  • Allows burning of stored material to DVD (HAVA Platinum HD only)

Pricing and Availability
The Monsoon Multimedia HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD are available
through Fry’s Electronics, and other select retailers
nationwide at a suggested retail price of $129.99 for the HAVA Gold and
$159.99 for the HAVA Platinum HD. HAVA Gold and HAVA Platinum HD are
also available directly through the ecommerce site

About Monsoon Multimedia
Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards based multimedia
products and technologies for the PC and Consumer Electronics
industries. Monsoon licenses highly optimized multimedia solutions
comprising applications, drivers, frameworks, middleware and reference
designs. Our customers and partners are semiconductor companies, PC

suppliers and consumer electronics companies. Founded by the founders
of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company is headquartered in Noida, India with
offices in California and Russia. For more information, please visit