Summary: The EVA8000’s excellent user interface makes streaming content from the Internet stupid-simple, with direct links to (and great search tools for) movies and TV shows on BitTorrent’s retail site, digital photo collections on Flickr, and every video on YouTube. (But if you find low-res videos hard to watch on a computer monitor, wait until you see them scaled up to 1080p on a big-screen TV—not good.
Pros: Interface support for popular Internet media; program guide and PVR for PC TV tuners.
Cons: No Rhapsody support; crashed once during testing.
Excerpt: This is the only receiver here that can play H.264 and WMV-HD files. It has a full set of video outputs, including SCART, composite, component and HDMI, plus surround-sound support through optical or coaxial S/PDIF. It was frustrating to set up. It comes with Netgear's Digital Entertainer software. This is supposed to make installation easy, but the software couldn't open the necessary ports in our router's firewall or detect the receiver.
Summary: This media streaming device is cable of streaming videos, music, photos, even YouTube content. It's easy to set up and use, and should please anyone who's looking to broaden their home entertainment palette.
Pros: Can stream YouTube and Flickr content, music, videos and Internet radio stations; it's easy to set up and use; it has HDMI and component video output ports; it has digital audio output ports, it can play content purchased from the iTunes store
Cons: The aspect ratio had to be changed every time in order to watch videos on our 4:3 TV, it lacks 802.11 draft-n networking