Snapstream ships Firefly remote

— 7:00 AM on May 6, 2004

Snapstream has begun shipping its Firefly PC remote, which looks like a useful accessory for home theater and media-centric PCs. Here's a snippet from the official press release:

HOUSTON, May 6, 2004 – SnapStream Media Inc., a leader in PC entertainment products, announced today that the highly anticipated Firefly™ PC remote is now shipping. Firefly gives users remote access to audio and visual media on their computer. It integrates with more than 80 popular digital media applications like Microsoft® Windows Media® Player and Musicmatch®.

Firefly is sleek, lightweight and designed to fit comfortably in the user’s hand. It is an RF remote and can transmit signals through walls and up to 30 feet away. Five programmable media buttons provide instant access to music, TV, video, photos or DVD applications. Firefly’s mouse mode adds control to applications that are not remote ready.

Out-of-the-box support for over 80 applications is easily one of the Firefly's most appealing features. In addition to Windows Media Player and Musicmatch, the remote also works with Winamp, iTunes, ACDSee, Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, loads of DVD playback software, and a surprising number of TV/PVR apps. Snapstream could have restricted the Firefly's TV/PVR support to the company's own BeyondTV software, but instead they're offering support for competing products like Sage TV, Showshifter, and WinDVR, just to name a few.

The $49.99 Firefly also comes bundled with a basic version of Snapstream's Beyond Media software.

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