Excerpt: Netgear is an established brand when it comes to networking solutions. They’ve been exploring into other avenues out of which, HD media player is one. This is a product segment that’s been mostly dominated by large data storage solution companies and many smaller, lesser known brands. While products from the larger companies are more refined, it’s the smaller brands that have products that are closer to the hearts of movie enthusiasts.
Summary: The Netgear NeoTV with Google TV offers some impressive services, including a plethora of apps and channels, live TV access and access to your personal media files. Netgear keeps getting better and the NeoTV Prime is their best media server to date.
Pros: This streaming player provides access to tons of internet content and Google guides you to the best deals on buying and renting entertainment.
Cons: We experienced occasional choppiness and freezing during playback.
Excerpt: When Netgear introduced the NeoTV 550 last summer, their goals was to make a complete digital media server that plays movies, music, and photos shared on your computer or networked devices including PCs and Macs. The NeoTV 550 displays and plays your media in full 1080p with HD 7.1 Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound. It has a built in SD card slot as well as a couple of USB ports so that you bring over your media directly to the media player without a network.
Summary: Despite a couple of little blemishes, the Netgear NeoTV NTV550 is a solid network streamer that's very easy to use. We like its style and features and it performed as it should in our tests. At Â£136, it's more expensive than smaller media streamers such as the Seagate GoFlex TV and Buffalo LinkTheatre LTV100, but because of its better media handling and menu performance, we think it's a much better buy.
Excerpt: Despite the ongoing march of Blu-ray into homes across the country, there's been no let-up in the number of media devices that enable you to get all the media you've collated on your PC – whether movies, music files or photos – and access them on your TV in another room.
Pros: Easy to set up and use, Huge file support, Great remote, Cover art is useful, Good value for money
Cons: Lack of internet apps, Looks bland, No built-in Wi-Fi, No HDMI cable
Netgear NeoTV NTV550 review: A media streamer with great performance
Good Gear Guide.au
10 July 2011
Summary: The Netgear NeoTV NTV550 is a small yet stylish media streamer with good file support and a great menu system. It makes it easy to play videos and music off network locations and attached hard drives. We did experience an intermittent audio problem when playing some files, but it was easily remedied.
Pros: Easy-to-use menu system, swift menu performance, vast media file support
Cons: Hard to get rid of old network locations, intermittent audio problem at the start of some files
Excerpt: The Netgear NeoTV NTV550 has an easy-to-use interface, a fast processor (which means good responsiveness) and plenty of connectivity features. You can use the NeoTV to play files from attached hard drives, and you can stream content directly off the computers in your network. It's a heck of an improvement over the last Netgear streamer we reviewed, the EVA2000 .
Excerpt: The Neatgear NeoTV follows a more specialist path to streaming nirvana. It comes with next-to-no services built-in (unless you count Flickr and YouTube) and rarely holds your hand through the setup process or day-to-day usage.
Pros: Hugely flexible, loads of connections, extensive format support
Cons: No streaming services to speak of, quite hard to live with