Have you ever been disappointed from the likelihood of trying to hire out the most recent blockbuster DVD, having to get to your closest outlet and then learn “they are all booked out”. Now there’s an alternative utilizing fast Media Streaming devices via the internet direct to your Plasma television. In this post you can find out which device may well suit the needs of yours!
This was the experience of mine recently when endeavoring to lease the Blu-ray Cowboys and Aliens. That got me thinking, what about buying on the list of new Media Streamers and adding it to my Plasma television?
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Having a rather fast internet speed of 11MBytes/sec would permit me to unlock a complete new realm of downloadable media, from streaming music files and web radio to HD movies from the likes of Netflix and Blinkbox. But which product would match the system of mine, as my internet router is situated in my study upstairs.
I could get a keyboard such as pricier D Link Boxee including a wireless connection or perhaps spend a lot less and choose the new Sony SMP-N200 that is more of a straightforward streamer at 50 % the price.
Since being made available a few years ago the D-Link Boxee that had been allowed to enjoy a broad range of video and music files has undergone a software update. It is price tag is 200 and can play top quality sound formats (FLAC and WAV) as well as HD video (inc MKV files).Outputs include 2 USB sockets to enable it to hook up to external equipment which may include an external Hard drive. This will effectively produce an affordable server. Also the Boxee will communicate with any NAS (Networked Storage Device) on your system that will allow you to browse the library of yours of video,music and media data.
Interestingly, Boxee at this point has a specific BBC iPlayer app onboard that could mean it is a lot easier to navigate around and as long as you’ve a minimum of 2MB/sec internet speed, browsing quality should not be a problem.
However what struck the interest of mine the most was the basic fact that the movie-streaming provider Blinkbox had now opted to include your own Film app as well. YouTube was also catered for and a huge plus for music fans the addition of Spotify.
It would seem D Link are onto a winner here!!
What about a viable choice? Well as I pointed out previously the Sony SMP N200 is able to give a simple Smart-TV upgrade.Coming in at just under 99 it is able to also play a variety of video and audio files, even thought 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 also similar to those found on its Blu-ray players as well as TVs. A large plus for those people with older TVs would be the reality that the SMP-N200 also sports analogue audio and component video outputs.
If you do own a 3D Flat Screen TV, Sony may also display 3D Video each online and via USB. Whether you are streaming the BBC iPlayer in HD or possibly using its Video Unlimited film service, we have been told the audio and picture quality is outstanding.