The Good Network digital media streamer; access to content from various entertainment Web sites; YouTube channel; PlayOn compatible; HDMI out; two USB ports; VuNow and Roxio CinemaNow access; quick, easy-to-use interface.
The Bad Wi-Fi sold separately; some inconsistencies in file type playback.
The Bottom Line The Netgear Digital Entertainer Live is an easy-to-use networked digital media streamer in a small package.
NetGear EVA2000 Digital Entertainer Live
The first few rounds of network media streamers we tested weren't necessarily recommendable. Sure, this was partially because most of these devices depend on Windows Media Center for connectivity and content, but we also had issues with their interfaces and performance.
Unlike the company's previous solutions to home network streaming, Netgear has taken a different path with the Digital Entertainer Live. Sure, it doesn't have the huge internal hard drive and presence as the Digital Entertainer Elite, but the much less expensive Live should appeal to a broader audience, is mostly easy to use, and retains much of the important features of the Elite.
The first thing we were impressed by was the Live's tiny size. About the size of a small router, the Digital Entertainer Live shouldn't take up much real estate in your entertainment center. However, it requires its own power supply and needs a wired Ethernet connection, but you can buy a separate wireless USB adapter.