I am not sure what to make of this rumor. We first heard about RIM working on some secretive TV media box at the end of June from N4BB (The mockup above is their imagining of the product). There weren’t many details then but the idea was intriguing. I thought of it as a souped up BlackBerry Presenter since we didn’t know much about features. It simply seemed like the PlayBook with its HDMI connection would do all a presenter could do and more for your TV.
Now we are hearing more rumors along that same vein from NerdBerry with sources telling them that RIM is working on this “BlackBerry Media Box.” According to that source the box is codenamed the BlackBerry Cyclone and has the following features:
- Connect to your TV via HDMI
- WiFI enabled
- Access to media devices on the WiFI network
It is supposedly scheduled for this fall but I would rather RIM be working on QNX superphones. Still the idea is intriguing especially considering some of what RIM was showing off at BlackBerry World concerning the PlayBook connected home concept.