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#89634 6-Sep-2011 15:17
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Can someone please explain how this media player works..
NETGEAR NTV350-100AUS NeoTV350 HD Media Player
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=DVANGR1224368&name=NETGEAR-NTV350-100AUS-NeoTV350-HD-Media-Player

I am assuming you plug it into your tv...network it with your computer..and are able to play media from your computer to the tv using the nifty remote control?

I currently do this by using a media center remote control, but most times it just does not work on some files and it takes forever to get things to show up on my tv.

So I am looking at a faster solution...possibly one with a hard-drive that I could move around the house to other tv's in other rooms that connects easily.





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  #517569 6-Sep-2011 15:26
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yeah mostly network device with USB inputs (usb hdd, usb memory stick etc), plays network stuff via dlna and wmp 11 media sharing.

if all your tvs have hdmi inputs i would recommend a AppleTV 2 (basically same price, just a few dollars more, cheaper if you buy from apple.co.nz though (well refurbished ones are)) and then just put xbmc on it.



for one with a builtin hdd, i have a noontec v7, doesnt have network abilities (i think the v8 does), plays stuff fine, menus are pretty bland, but it was cheap (around $115 i believe) and you just put in your own SATA hdd (i have plently of these lying around so that didnt cost me anything).   i wouldnt really recommend it, unless you just wanted something cheap for the kids or something.  personally i would spend more for something more advanced.  but its a pretty good cheap device, and seems to playback everything ive tried so far (1080p mkvs, xvid 720p, divx etc) 

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  #518232 7-Sep-2011 18:49
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I would get the WD TV Live. Cheaper ($149 at Leemings in their flyer), more mainstream with regular updates and a good user community and, unlike the Apple TV (which only does up to 720p), it will do 1080p and doesn't require jailbreaking. I love mine.

 
 
 
 


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  #518255 7-Sep-2011 19:30
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get a samsung tv. plays everything from pc/hdd/media share :) via wifi/lan/usb :) i would not ask for more for the past 3 month i got an samsung tv.

before that i had noname hdd media player and wd tv live (which was awesome but also was a middle man for the job, which is now done by TV itself)




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  #518289 7-Sep-2011 21:27
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JimmyH: I would get the WD TV Live. Cheaper ($149 at Leemings in their flyer), more mainstream with regular updates and a good user community and, unlike the Apple TV (which only does up to 720p), it will do 1080p and doesn't require jailbreaking. I love mine.


true apple tv doesnt do 1080p, but you can do netflix on it and you can rent movies from itunes on it, WD TV Live is a great choice, it just depends on what you want: 1080p or itunes store and netflix

note: netflix requires vpn or similar to work.

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  #518310 7-Sep-2011 22:20
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Not sure whether or not the Live will do Netflix (the Live Hub definitely will, and also has an internal HD which the original poster seemed interested in, but costs a bit more), and don't have a VPN & Netflix account to test it. That's one of the things on my wish list that I have yet to get round to. Fair point about Itunes though.

Have also heard good things about the AC Ryan and Popcorn Hour units, but haven't tried them myself.



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  #518362 8-Sep-2011 07:58
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Thanks for all your replies guys.

The WD TV Live with the Hard drive looks more up my ally.  I really want something that can be portable and moved around.  Can't really move a samsung telly around and plus we already have a large LCD tv at the moment.  And I could move it to other TV's in the house.

But when we upgrade in a few years - TV's with those options will be something we will look into.  And I am sure by then, technology will have changed and there will be lots more options.

I have not got a VPN yet...but will be looking at getting one to be able to use Netflix.  But not sure what Netflix offers yet, as I you can't see anything if you live outside the US.   So will find that out most likely when I get a VPN.




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  #519430 11-Sep-2011 00:49
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I'm using Netflix with a VPN - great content, but not so much new releases - and be prepared to use at least 1 GB a day of data watching movies and TV.

 
 
 
 


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I'm using Netflix with a VPN - great content, but not so much new releases - and be prepared to use at least 1 GB a day of data watching movies and TV.

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I'm using Netflix with a VPN - great content, but not so much new releases - and be prepared to use at least 1 GB a day of data watching movies and TV.

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