Stream media from Intel Viiv PCs

Netgear announced early this week its set top streaming media box, the Digital Entertainer EVA700. Netgear states the EVA700 is the first of its kinds to be compatible and verified for Intel Viiv technology. This helps ensure the device will communicate seamlessly with a number of Intel Viiv compatible PCs.

The EVA700 is able to connect to local networks through standard 10/100 Ethernet or through wireless connections that hold to the 802.11g standard at up to 54Mbps with its twin antennas. The wireless connection is also capable of adhering to WEP based encryption at 40/64-bit and 128-bit encryption strengths. WPA-PSK security is also an option with a firmware upgrade.

Outputs include RCA jacks for standard-definition video and RCA component outputs for high-definition video as well as an SCART connector for international use. Audio can be output using standard RCA stereo jacks or digital coaxial.

The EVA700 can play a variety of media formats listed below:

  • MP3s up to 320 Kbps or variable bit rate (VBR)
  • WMA8 and WMA9 files up to 192Kbps or variable bit rate(VBR)
  • WMV up to 1080p (down-converted)
  • Internet Radio (streaming MP3)
  • Video Formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, Xvid
  • Audio Formats: MP3, WAV, WMA, M3U, PLS, ACC
  • Photo Formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF, GIF
  • Playlist Formats: M3U, PLS

One detail that sticks out is the ability to play back Windows Media Video files at up to 1080p resolution, which is down-converted, but it’s a start. Pricing has been set at $269 for the retail package and is available through some retailers.

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