The Good Audiovisual dongle allows for the playback of multimedia files from any USB drive (FAT32 or NTFS) source; compatible with most popular audio, video, and image formats; easy setup; included remote control; tiny size; included composite and component breakout cables
The Bad Various connections cause clutter in rear of device; front-mounted USB port would've been more convenient; eSATA, FireWire, or flash media reader options would've been nice as well.
The Bottom Line The Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link offers an easy way to watch digital video files without the need to hook up a computer to your TV.
Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link
There's little doubt that TV is moving more toward an on-demand model powered by content that's pulled from the Internet rather than traditional broadcast sources. But products that pull in video from networked PCs and various online sources--everything from the Roku Netflix Player and Apple TV to the Xbox 360--still require some degree of networking expertise to get up and running. For those that prefer more of a plug-and-play experience, there's the Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link. The little box allows the video files on most USB storage devices (hard drives, flash drives) to be played on your TV.
The TV Link is a tiny black enclosure, about the size of a Post-it pad, that hooks up to any open composite, component, or HDMI input on your TV. If you don't have an HDMI cable handy, you can use the included composite or component breakout cables. Iomega also includes a SCART adapter for use overseas, along with the appropriate power adapters as well.
The ScreenPlay TV Link is a breeze to set up. Simply use one of the breakout cables to connect the device to your TV and switch to the appropriate input. ScreenPlay TV Link's built-in interface will let you change your resolution settings and audio options. If you're connecting via component or HDMI, you'll have the option to upscale all of your video content to 720p or 1080i.