EchoStar PocketDISH media players. Available now for $599, $499 and $329 SRPs. EchoStar and its satellite TV service DISH Network now have a line of portable media players, in 2.2-inch, 4-inch or 7-inch LCD screen sizes. The devices can download and store MP3s and photos, as well as video transferred from DISH Network DVRs. Call (800) 333-DISH or visit www.dishnetwork.com.
Apple G5 with Front Row. Available now for SRPs starting at $1,299. While Apple's iPod Video took center stage in a slew of recent announcements, it is perhaps the new G5 desktop that is more significant. It ships with "Front Row", Apple's answer to Microsoft's Media Center platform. Front Row allows users to access content through an interface that is different than the computer desktop and can be controlled by a remote. Does this mean we'll see a home iPod set-top box soon? Only Apple knows for sure. Call (408) 996-1010 or visit www.apple.com.
Prismiq Commander wireless router (model IWR-5010). Available now for $79.95 SRP. This product is being billed as a router for parents. The Commander has built-in software that monitors internet traffic and sends a log of sites visited to one computer on the network. It can also monitor and log instant messaging and e-mail usage. It has built-in 802.11g/b wireless and four Ethernet ports. Call (805) 564-4828 or visit www.prismiq.com.