Netgear to ship HD network media players

Netgear announces two new HD Internet-ready DH Media Players, which will hit the market in October.

The new NeoTV media players from Netgear are Internet-ready and offer similar playback capacity as existing players from Seagate or Western Digital, plus support for SD cards.
The new NeoTV media players from Netgear are Internet-ready and offer similar playback capacity as existing players from Seagate or Western Digital, plus support for SD cards. Netgear

There have been a slew of network high-def digital media players on the market lately, and soon there are going to be even more.

Netgear announced Tuesday two new HD media players: the NeoTV 350 HD and the NeoTV 550 Ultimate. Similar to the Seagate GoFlex TV or the WD TV Live Plus, the NeoTV players are designed to play back digital content stored on USB external hard drives, network storage devices, or the Internet.

According to Netgear, the new players support both DLNA and Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming standards, video resolution up to 1080p with Dolby Digital, and DTS surround sound.

The NeoTV 550 also has support for eSATA exernal storage devices and for portable Blu-ray disk readers.
The NeoTV 550 also has support for eSATA external storage devices and for portable Blu-ray disk readers. Netgear

In addition to this, the NeoTV players have a SD slot so they can play back content stored on this type of media as well.

NeoTV 550 Ultimate also has an eSATA port to host faster external storage devices, offers support for portable Blu-ray readers, and sports advanced metadata tagging that lets users browse cover art.

On the downside, despite the fact that they are Internet-ready, at launch the new NeoTVs will not support premium online media streaming services, such as Netfilx, which has been supported by both the Seegate GoFlex TV and the WD TV Live Plus. Netgear says it plans to add this via firmware updates.

The NeoTV 350 HD and NeoTV 550 Ultimate HD Media Players are scheduled to ship in October. The former will be available in Europe for 130 euros ($165), while the latter is for the North America market and will cost $220, which is significantly more expensive than the Seagate GoFlex TV and WD TV Live Plus.

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