p2podBy David Ponce

With a name like P2Pod sounding so darn much like P2P (peer-to-peer), perhaps it’s better to refrain from asking just how it is that the Netherlands based company AHTEurope is able to deliver up to 1,000 TV channels and up to 6,000 radio stations free of charge (well, for the first six months anyway (it’s 10euros/year after that)) via it’s, uh, P2Pod product.

It does this with class, mind you. Video is available in resolutions up to 1080p, with HDMI output.

You can even connect your mp3 or mpeg4 player directly to the P2POD?s USB2.0 port and download directly to the portable device. In addition to the audio and video functions, P2POD also allows you to surf on the web, send emails and more ? all on your regular TV.

Now, there’s precious little additional information about this company (including mentions of the content provider “MyMO Media”), although they are scheduled to be present at CeBit 2006. So I guess we’ll see if they’re for real.

There’s no word on price, though if you come inside, you’ll get a bunch of specs for your reading pleasure.

[P2Pod] VIA [Krunker]

* Embedded CPU with RISC core and integrated I/O and video decoder functions
* 64MB of memory
* 32 MB of Flash memory
* 64MB Video Memory
* MPEG2 video decoder
* H.264/AVC video decoder
* WMV9/VC-1 video decoder
* resolution support up to 1080p
* HMDI output
* Ethernet support
* Support for Windows Media DRM