Netgear launches new Digital Entertainer Elite media streamer
Media streamers, devices that stream your media from one device onto another (usually your HDTV), have been around for some time, but somehow they never exactly caught on. All manner of companies have tried building them, including LinkSys, NetGear, and more recently, Microsoft with its XBox 360 and even Apple with its Apple TV.
None of them have set the world alight, though. However, that still doesn’t stop people trying. Step forward Netgear, who have just launched the new Netgear EVA9150 Digital Entertainer Elite.
The Digital Entertainer Elite is a bland featureless box that hooks up to your HDTV and streams your music and videos wirelessly directly from your PC or its large 500GB internal hard drive.
Indeed, it’s the size of its drive that Netgear are promoting as the Digital Entertainer’s main advantage. By comparison, Apple TV offers only 160GB, and the XBox 360 120GB.
In addition to media from your PC or the internal hardrive, the Digital Entertainer Elite will also pull in content directly from the Internet via Flickr and YouTube, which is a nice touch, and great timing, too, as YouTube have just announced they’re now able to play videos in HD.
My only problem with the Digital Entertainer Elite is that it looks dull, and although it sounds like it should be a really cool product, it just sounds too utilitarian to excite me enough to want to buy it. Maybe that’s what everyone else thinks as well, as media streamers haven’t exactly captured the public’s imagination.