It plays video files, streams Netflix and is available a few days before the expected release date.
If you've been looking for a cheap media player that handles all the basics, you may want to take a look at the NexTV VMP75, which was made available today, just a few days before the anticipated July 19th release date.
It was available on Amazon earlier today, but it's recently been updated to a preorder. We spoke with NewEgg customer service though, and they assured us that the item available for shipping now.
It's got Netflix capabilities baked right in, but it also handles a full range of video, audio and picture formats. You can stream MPEG, DivX, XviD, MKV, FLV and a variety of other video files from your networked computer, or simply play them from a USB storage device.
The NexTV VMP75 is no slouch on the audio side. It handles the usuals, like MP3 and AAC, as well as a few others like FLAC, Dolby Digital, and DTS. It's also compatible with the full range of picture files such as JPEG, GIF, PNG and TIFF. It's even subtitle compatible.
The one thing it doesn't do out of the box is network wirelessly. You can pick up a WiFi adapter, but if you don't, you'll need to plug it in if you want to stream.