Have you ever been frustrated from the likelihood of striving to hire out the most recent blockbuster DVD, having to drive to your nearby outlet simply to find out “they are both booked out”. These days there is an alternative employing fast Media Streaming devices via online direct to your Plasma television. In this informative article you can find out which device may suit the needs of yours!
This was my experience not too long ago when endeavoring to rent the Blu ray Cowboys and Aliens. Which got me thinking, what about buying one of the new Media Streamers and fixing it to my Plasma television?
Having a fairly fast internet speed of 11MBytes/sec would allow me to open up a complete new realm of downloadable media, from streaming music files and internet radio to HD movies from the likes of Blinkbox and Netflix. But which unit will fit the system of mine, because my internet router is situated in my study upstairs.
I might buy a keyboard like the more expensive D Link Boxee including a wireless connection or possibly spend less money and go for the brand new Sony SMP N200 that is even more of a simple streamer at 50 % the expense.
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Since being released a several years ago the D Link Boxee that had been in a position to enjoy a wide variety of video & music files has undergone a software update. It is cost is 200 and also can easily play top quality sound formats (FLAC and WAV) as well as HD video (inc MKV files).Outputs include 2 USB sockets to permit it to connect to external equipment which might include an external Hard drive. This would effectively produce an affordable server. Also the Boxee will communicate with any NAS (Networked Storage Device) on the product of yours that can enable you to browse your library of video,music and media information.
Interestingly, Boxee now features a specific BBC iPlayer app onboard which could mean it’s easier to navigate around and also as long as you have at least 2MB/sec internet speed, browsing quality shouldn’t be an issue.
However what struck the interest of mine likely the most was the point that the movie streaming provider Blinkbox had now opted to include your own Film app as well. YouTube was catered for and also a big plus for music fans the inclusion of Spotify.
It would seem D-Link are onto a winner here!!
Why don’t you consider a viable option? Effectively as I said before the Sony SMP-N200 is able to give a simple Smart TV upgrade.Coming in at just under ninety nine it can in addition play a variety of sound and video files, though it won’t manage AAC or MKV Files over the network.it will however play both these formats via its USB input.
Wifi is included by this device and its software menus are not difficult to navigate around and like those found on its Blu-ray players and also TVs. A big plus for those people with slightly older TVs would be the reality that the SMP-N200 also sports analogue audio and component video outputs.
If you have a 3D Flat Screen TV, Sony could also display 3D Video both online and via USB. Whether you are streaming the BBC iPlayer in HD or even making use of its Video Unlimited movie service, we have been told the sound and photo quality is superb.