Have you ever been annoyed at the likelihood of attempting to hire out the latest blockbuster DVD, having to get to your nearest outlet and then learn “they are all booked out”. These days there’s a substitute using fast Media Streaming devices via the internet direct to your Plasma television. In this post you can discover what device may suit your needs!
This was the experience of mine not too long ago when endeavoring to lease the Blu-ray Cowboys & Aliens. That got me thinking, what about purchasing one of the brand new Media Streamers and fixing it to my Plasma television?
Having a relatively rapid internet speed of 11MBytes/sec would allow me to unlock a whole new realm of downloadable media, from streaming music files and internet radio to HD motion pictures from the likes of Blinkbox and Netflix. But which unit will fit the computer of mine, as my internet router is situated in my study upstairs.
I might purchase a keyboard like the more high-priced D-Link Boxee which includes a wireless connection or even spend less money and pick the brand new Sony SMP-N200 that is even more of a straightforward streamer at 50 % the price.
Since being released a few years ago the D Link Boxee which was in a position to enjoy a wide range of video & music files has undergone a software upgrade. It is cost is 200 and may play top quality audio formats (FLAC and WAV) in addition to HD video (inc MKV files).Outputs include 2 USB sockets to allow it to connect to external devices which may have an external Hard drive. This will effectively create a cheap server. Also the Boxee will communicate with any NAS (Networked Storage Device) on the product of yours which will allow you to browse the library of yours of video,music and media information.
Interestingly, Boxee now has a committed BBC iPlayer app onboard which means it is easier to navigate around and also as long as you have at least 2MB/sec internet speed, browsing quality shouldn’t be a problem.
However what struck the interest of mine most was the fact that the movie-streaming provider Blinkbox had now signed up to include a dedicated Film app too. YouTube had also been catered for and also a big plus for music fans the inclusion of Spotify.
It would seem D Link are onto a winner here!!
Have you thought about a viable option? Effectively as I said previously the Sony SMP-N200 can provide a simple Smart-TV upgrade.Coming in at only under 99 it can in addition play a variety of video and sound files, however, it won’t deal with 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 as well as TVs. A major plus for those of us with older TVs may be the basic fact that the SMP N200 also sports analogue audio plus component video outputs.
Should you own a 3D Flat Screen TV, Sony can also display 3D Video each online and via USB. Whether you’re streaming the BBC iPlayer in HD or making use of the Video of its Unlimited movie service, we’ve been told the sound and image quality is superb.