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The Netgear Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000)
Netgear's new Digital Entertainer HD box could change the way you experience your media

Following the debut of its high-definition PC-to-TV streaming box at CES, Netgear is now shipping the Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) through select e-commerce sites at an MSRP of $399. Similar in size to a standard DVD player, the EV8000 is able to stream media from PC and Mac computers, as well as network storage and USB devices to an HDMI-enabled HDTV.

The device can access media without the assistance of a computer. The EV8000 can play HD movie downloads, including those from BitTorrent’s new online marketplace, as well as stream videos to their TV from sites such as YouTube. The shutterbugs can access photos directly from Flickr without a computer and music lovers can play their iTunes libraries on a home theater system. The Digital Entertainer HD can also play Internet radio directly and can access RSS news feeds and NOAA weather and maps.

The Digital Entertainer HD supports a wide array of codecs, such as audio formats MP3, WMA, FLAC, M4A, AAC and AC3; video formats MPEG1/2/4, WMV, XviD and H.264; and image formats JPEG, BMP, PNG and TIFF. For network and streaming features, the EV8000 integrates a 10/100Base-T Ethernet controller, support for 802.11g wireless networking, and two USB 2.0 ports.

The EV8000 connects to any high resolution display with an HDMI for a video resolution up to 1080p and provides digital audio output via a TOSLINK connector. If the connected PC has a TV tuner installed, the EV8000 can act as a DVR device to schedule recordings and pause or rewind live broadcasts.

Aside from moving computer-based media to the entertainment room, the EV8000 can also help to unify video watching in the home. For example, if there are multiple Digital Entertainer HD boxes in the home, the device has a “Follow Me” feature that enables users to pause a video in one room and resume it in another. In “Party Mode,” users can synchronize music playback for whole-home listening.

“The number of U.S. digital home networks has mushroomed as consumers demand more interconnectivity among their electronic devices, especially personal computers, HDTVs and audio systems,” said Jonathan Gaw, research manager for home networking at IDC. “Set-top digital media receivers such as the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD target the growing demand for a device that is easy to use, supports multiple platforms, and provides smooth content streaming from popular Internet sites, in HD. Products that can meet these criteria should do very well."

Backed by a one-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, the Digital Entertainer HD is available now in North America through select e-commerce sites at an MSRP of $399 and will be available at retail worldwide in the second quarter of 2007.

Other recently launched PC-to-TV devices include the Sony LocationFree, and the Bravia Internet Video Link. Apple was originally set to launch its Apple TV product in February, but was recently delayed into March. Netgear competitor Cisco is also working on a similar device.



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price sucks
By OrSin on 3/15/2007 8:32:03 AM , Rating: 1
Sure it dont need a computer to screeem from the internet. But really who is getting this that dont have a computer int he house already. If you have a computer most of you files are there. You might as well get an 360. It just as easy to setup. You dont even need the premuim. And you can add a HD-dvd to it later. Sorry but if you can't beat the console price I think its waste of money.

And Yes I know micrsoft is losing money on the Xbox. Thats a even better reason to get it. You are getting more then you pay for. With this you are getting less.

PS
I have a cheapo AVS media extender for $50 also and it does pretty much the same thing. This is crazy over priced.




RE: price sucks
By arswihart on 3/15/2007 8:41:37 AM , Rating: 2
MSRP hopefully is higher than street price (unlike the 360). Also, this thing does everything wirelessly in a slim form factor. It seems to have covered almost every feature, and I think it's still a very good looking product, if the price was a little lower.


RE: price sucks
By bhieb on 3/15/2007 8:49:38 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, you can come pretty close to building an entire HTPC for this (including XP MCE 2005). But still my big complaint about the 360 is that you cannot stream VOB files to it.


RE: price sucks
By bhieb on 3/15/2007 8:50:27 AM , Rating: 2
oops I meant excluding MCE.


RE: price sucks
By mackintire on 3/15/2007 9:35:20 AM , Rating: 1
WOW you have a unit that can decode HD video and H.263 for $50!!!

You must be some sort of wiz kid who writes fantastic code.

Can I place my order for a personal quantum computer here?


3 years late
By Mitch101 on 3/15/2007 10:25:42 AM , Rating: 2
The $200.00-$250.00 IODATA Linkplayer 2 has been doing HD streams for about 3 years now. Granted it cant do the newer H264 but there is nothing to prevent you from converting H264 to another HD format for streaming. Preferrably HD-DIVX to conserver space and fit onto a regular DVD.




RE: 3 years late
By Mitch101 on 3/15/2007 10:30:17 AM , Rating: 3
I should add if you use a program called WIZD on your PC you can stream any format your PC has a codec for to the IODATA linkplayer 2. WIZD is a free program.


aTV Killer
By Spiny on 3/15/2007 9:41:15 AM , Rating: 2
DivX + H264 support just made this an apple tv killer for me.




RE: aTV Killer
By Spiny on 3/15/2007 9:59:55 AM , Rating: 2
... although H.264 isn't listed on the specs page...


By stmok on 3/15/2007 12:38:13 PM , Rating: 4
According to the manual...It seems you can use this device with Linux (set up Samba server). You have to enable "Windows Sharing" on OSX.

Although, you don't get all the features of the Windows approach.

In their FAQ: Will this work with Mac and Linux Systems?

=> Yes, but there are some limitations. A Windows PC is required for the following functions: Watching or recording Live TV using a PC TV Tuner card; Watching YouTube Videos; Listening or Watching to DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected content.

I can understand the DRM content. But the capturing video and Youtube? I use an Hauppauge PVR-150MCE under Linux for LiveTV uses, and its fine. I also have no problems viewing Youtube clips as well. It must be the Windows-specific apps they provide...




Awesome
By Chunkylover77 on 3/15/2007 6:59:27 AM , Rating: 2
That looks real nice. At a decent price point too.




VOB support
By bhieb on 3/15/2007 8:38:31 AM , Rating: 2
Wonder if this supports VOB files directly or if they have to be converted to native MPEG?

Wish Netgear would show some better screen shots of the interface, or better yet an interactive demo.

Also wonder how it categorizes movies, currently I use My Movies 2 and XP MCE.




READ the product page...
By ToeCutter on 3/15/2007 7:49:19 PM , Rating: 2
There's ZERO mention of h.264 on the product page. Although MPEG4 is listed, that could include umpteen different formats besides h.264.

They'll have my cash when they list Matroska: Supported up to 1080p




image files
By Homerboy on 3/15/2007 8:08:36 AM , Rating: 1
once it can play .img files I'll jump in. I don't see how something so obvious can be so overlooked




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