3view OTA HD digital TV box packs IPTV, Z-Wave, Opera

The GoogleTV is gaining a lot of buzz, so here’s something that sneaked in over the UK from 3View that combines a ton of various content. I think it’s just common sense for companies to begin integrating traditional TV with IPTV…but that’s just me.

The hardware consists of a STB with dual DVB-T2 HD digital TV tuners for OTA high-definition broadcasts, along with a 500GB hard-drive, UPnP and DLNA streaming, and two USB 2.0 ports.  There’s also 10/100 ethernet connectivity (though 3view will sell you a USB WiFi dongle if you ask nicely), HDMI, SCART and S/PDIF.  Out of the box, the 3view software will support YouTube videos, MPEG 1, 2 and 4 H.264, Windows Media (with and without DRM) and both 720p and 1080p HD.  BBC iPlayer support is expected to be added in a subsequent upgrade.