Have you ever been frustrated at the prospect of attempting to employ out the newest blockbuster DVD, having to drive to your closest outlet only to be told "they are all booked out". Now there is an option using fast Media Streaming devices by way of the web direct to your Plasma tv. In this post you can uncover which device may suit your needs!
This was my encounter lately when attempting to rent the Blu-ray Cowboys and Aliens. That got me considering, what about buying one of the new Media Streamers and attaching it to my Plasma television?
Getting a relatively quick internet speed of 11MBytes/sec would permit me to open up a whole new globe of digital media, from streaming music files and web radio to HD films from the likes of Netflix and Blinkbox. But which device would suit my method, simply because my internet router is situated in my study upstairs.
I could buy a device like the more expensive D-Link Boxee which consists of a wireless connection or invest much less money and go for the new Sony SMP-N200 which is more of a straightforward streamer at half the price.
Since being released a few years ago the D-Link Boxee which was in a position to play a wide variety of video and music files has undergone a software upgrade. It's cost is £200 and can play high high quality audio formats (FLAC and WAV) as well as HD video (inc MKV files).Outputs consist of two USB sockets to allow it to connect to external devices and that could consist of an external Hard drive. This would successfully produce an affordable server. Also the Boxee will communicate with any NAS (Networked Storage Device) on your system which will allow you to browse your library of video,music and media information.
Interestingly, Boxee now has a dedicated BBC iPlayer app onboard which indicates it is simpler to navigate around and as long as you have at least 2MB/sec web speed, browsing quality should not be a issue.
However what struck my interest the most was the fact that the movie-streaming provider Blinkbox had now signed up to include a dedicated Film app as well. YouTube was also catered for and a large plus for music fans the addition of Spotify.
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It seems that D-Hyperlink are on to a winner right here!!
What about a viable alternative? Nicely as I mentioned earlier the Sony SMP-N200 can offer a easy Smart-Tv upgrade.Coming in at just under £99 it can also play a selection of video and audio files, although it will not handle MKV or AAC Files more than the network.it will however play each these formats by way of its USB input.
This device consists of wifi and its software program menus are simple to navigate around and comparable to these discovered on its Blu-ray players and TVs. A large plus for these of us with older TVs is the fact that the SMP-N200 also sports analogue audio and element video outputs.
If you do own a 3D Flat Screen Tv, Sony can also show 3D Video each online and by way of USB. Whether you are streaming the BBC iPlayer in HD or using its Video Unlimited film service, we have been told the sound and picture quality is superb.