Have you ever been frustrated at the prospect of trying 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 alternative utilizing fast Media Streaming devices via the internet direct to your Plasma tv. In this post you can discover which device may suit your needs!
This was my experience recently when trying to rent the Blu-ray Cowboys and Aliens. That got me thinking, what about buying one of the new Media Streamers and attaching it to my Plasma television?
Having a fairly quick internet speed of 11MBytes/sec would allow me to open up a whole new globe of digital media, from streaming music files and internet 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 much more costly D-Hyperlink Boxee which includes a wireless connection or spend less money and go for the new Sony SMP-N200 which is more of a simple streamer at half the cost.
Because being released a few years ago the D-Link Boxee which was able to play a wide range of video and music files has undergone a software upgrade. It's cost is £200 and can play higher high quality audio formats (FLAC and WAV) as well as HD video (inc MKV files).Outputs include two USB sockets to enable it to connect to external devices and that could include an external Hard drive. This would effectively produce an inexpensive server. Also the Boxee will communicate with any NAS (Networked Storage Device) on your system which will permit 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 lengthy as you have at least 2MB/sec internet speed, browsing high quality should not be a problem.
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 too. 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 option? Nicely as I mentioned earlier the Sony SMP-N200 can provide a easy Intelligent-Television upgrade.Coming in at just under £99 it can also play a selection of video and audio files, even though it will not deal with MKV or AAC Files over the network.it will nevertheless play each these formats via its USB input.
This device consists of wifi and its software program menus are easy to navigate around and similar to these found on its Blu-ray players and TVs. A big plus for those of us with older TVs is the reality that the SMP-N200 also sports analogue audio and component video outputs.
If you do own a 3D Flat Screen Tv, Sony can also display 3D Video both online and via USB. Whether or not you are streaming the BBC iPlayer in HD or using its Video Limitless film service, we have been told the sound and image high quality is superb.