Netgear Unveils a Pair of HD Digital Media Players

Posted Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

Both handle digital media, but only the Neo TV 550 works with external Blu-ray drives.

Digital media players, streamers, netboxes – whatever you call them they're here in a big way. The latest from Netgear are starting to blur the line between netbox and Blu-ray player by adding support for external drives.

Both the Neo TV 350 and Neo TV 550 are capable of playing just about every file you can throw at them, whether it's coming from a USB storage device, SD card or from your network. They'll play back files in 1080p and with 7.1 channel surround.

The Neo TV 550 takes things a step further by adding support for eSATA connectivity – allowing for the attachment of external Blu-ray drives. Unexpectedly, the Neo TV 550 not only supports playback of Blu-ray discs through external drives, but offers BD Live functionality to boot.

Netgear's Neo TV 550 has an MSRP of $219, while the 350 hasn't been priced yet.

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Tags: Industry Trends, Digital Media Players, Netboxes, Netgear (all tags)