Have you ever been frustrated at the prospect of attempting to hire out the newest blockbuster DVD, getting to drive to your closest outlet only to be told "they are all booked out". Now there is an option utilizing fast Media Streaming devices by way of the internet direct to your Plasma tv. In this article you can discover which device may suit your requirements!
This was my experience lately when attempting to rent the Blu-ray Cowboys and Aliens. That got me thinking, what about buying 1 of the new Media Streamers and attaching it to my Plasma television?
Getting a fairly fast internet speed of 11MBytes/sec would allow me to open up a entire 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, because my web router is situated in my study upstairs.
I could buy a device like the much more expensive D-Link Boxee which consists of a wireless connection or spend much less money and go for the new Sony SMP-N200 which is more of a simple streamer at half the price.
Because being released a few years ago the D-Hyperlink Boxee which was in a position 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 nicely 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 affordable 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 devoted BBC iPlayer app onboard which means it is easier to navigate around and as long as you have at least 2MB/sec web speed, browsing high quality ought to 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 consist of a dedicated Film app too. YouTube was also catered for and a big plus for music fans the addition of Spotify.
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It seems that D-Link are on to a winner here!!
What about a viable option? Nicely as I mentioned earlier the Sony SMP-N200 can offer a easy Smart-Television upgrade.Coming in at just under £99 it can also play a selection of video and audio files, although it will not deal with MKV or AAC Files over the network.it will however play both these formats by way of its USB input.
This device includes wifi and its software program menus are easy to navigate about and comparable to these discovered 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 element video outputs.
If you do personal a 3D Flat Screen Tv, Sony can also display 3D Video each online and by way of USB.