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Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) has introduced the HomeDock Pro, a new version of its iPod home docking solution. Targeted at custom home entertainment installers, the HomeDock Pro allows users to view and navigate an iPod’s music and videos directly on a TV screen. (DLO’s HomeDock Deluxe only allows users to navigate music menus and not video menus.) “The DLO HomeDock Pro is the world’s first iPod dock that lets you view and select your iPod’s music on your TV screen, and integrate your entire music library and TV shows, Movies and photos into a custom home installation,” says the company. The HomeDock Pro comes with an 18-button remote control and works with 4G and 5G iPods, iPod minis and iPod nanos. Pricing was not available.

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Comments

1

Methinks the iTV might be a better solution.  I’m sure this dock is at least $200.

Posted by Galley on December 4, 2006 at 11:47 AM (PDT)

2

Still no album art display. Why is this feature so difficult to develop???

Posted by DevonS31 in Westfield, NJ on December 4, 2006 at 12:46 PM (PDT)

3

I really agree with the album art thing.

Posted by brad j on December 4, 2006 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

4

Any idea when this will be available?

Posted by Jen on December 4, 2006 at 1:33 PM (PDT)

5

Reading the material from dlo it does not look like it actually can display menus for videos still.  Read it carefully and they are again saying music navigation on screen and the ability to play a video on your tv.  Not navigate video menues on tv.  The rest of the features is somehow adding abilities to it for installation into a home theater system in some fashion more integrated then the deluxe model.

Posted by Adrian on December 4, 2006 at 2:35 PM (PDT)

6

Agreed.  The additions are not video-content menus, but RS-232 and RS-485 support.  RS-485 is very common in the home automation world; my Adicon controller can interface with it.

Posted by TechnoCat on December 4, 2006 at 4:31 PM (PDT)

7

this seems rather pointless. why not just plug your ipod into your stereo? what good does the TV do?

Posted by Papa Hobo on December 4, 2006 at 8:31 PM (PDT)

8

Looking at DLOs website their is no listing of this current model, only the standard and deluxe editions. It would be great if the Pro model can navigate video from the remote. And yes I do agree, what is the problem with getting album art to display in the menu screens?! Their is plenty of space.

Posted by Seth on December 5, 2006 at 6:40 AM (PDT)

9

This must be able to show the video menu. Already the previous model (deluxe) had the ability to show videoes and pictures on a Tv, its just that you couldn’t navigate the video and picture sections of the ipod library on the TV screen.

Posted by dan on December 6, 2006 at 6:59 AM (PDT)

10

Dan, nope, the difference is just the RS232/485 support.  But that’s huge to home automation installers.

Posted by TechnoCat on December 6, 2006 at 3:15 PM (PDT)

11

Why didn’t they come out with this in the first place… What am I supposed to do with the homedock I have?

Posted by podster1 on December 10, 2006 at 2:55 PM (PDT)

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