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Netgear's NeoTV multimedia receiver a steal at $40: First Look

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First Look: Netgear's NeoTV multimedia receiver a steal at $40

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The Netgear NeoTV NTV300 is a hockey-puck-size box that streams dozens of channels to your TV, and dispenses with features like DLNA and laptop mirroring.

Hi, I'm [unk] from CNET.com and this is a review of the Netgear NTV 300. There was a time when Smart TV had some promise when you pay a premium to be on the stream network but a whole bunch of that boxes have come by. That means you can now get your networks pick for $150. They basically come in every packet of cereal. Okay, some point is the Netgear Neo TV NTV 300. It's a little hockie pock size but it streams dozens of channels to your TV and dispenses with other peripherals like DLNA and laptop memory. At the moment, it's only $40. As most of these devices have the same services on them and the neo TV [unk] had Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and even a Slingbox app, what it really boils down to is the ease of use and interface. And here is where the neo TV falls down - first off, [unk] remote pretty terrible. It has smooshy buttons and wide too easy to hit the colored button as a part of the 4-way direction pad. As a result, you can very easily start moving off on the round on the frame by knocking the blue button without realizing. In comparison to the simplicity of the rotor, the Netgear's interface is just another wall of icon. But at least, as we found, the shortcut, I cut the [unk] even if accidentally. There are some other [unk] with the Netgear. For example, occasionally, it will understand and leave a black [unk] consent and sometimes the flap installed and cause video and audio to go out of sync even on the usually steadfast Netflix. Well, the Netgear is one of the cheapest devices. Others I've seen are not quite as robust or quick as its competitors. And so, I'd recommend a rotor LC instead. This is [unk] for CNET.com

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