digital media hub - Computer Definition
A device that funnels multimedia content streamed from the Internet to a stereo or home theater system. It may also stream photos, music and videos from the user's computer to the playback system. For example, Apple TV is a popular media hub. It provides access to Netflix, Hulu and other providers but can also stream content from computers in the home network that are running Apple's iTunes software. The digital media hub is connected to the router in the home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Also called a "set-top box" and an overabundance of other names (see digital media hubs), the media hub is generally located in the stereo or home theater cabinet and connects to the analog or digital inputs of the A/V receiver. This same media hub functionality is also built into new Blu-ray players, A/V receivers and smart TVs. For digital photo, music and video collections on the computer, software such as Windows Media Player and iTunes is used to organize the content, and the media hub allows it to play on the TV or stereo. See digital media server, smart TV, Apple TV, Google TV, Roku, Media Center Extender, jukebox and digital convergence.
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