Have you ever been upset at the prospect of attempting to hire out the most recent blockbuster DVD, having to get to your closest outlet simply to find out “they are both booked out”. These days there is a substitute employing fast Media Streaming devices via online direct to your Plasma television. In this post you are able to discover what device may suit the needs of yours!
This was the experience of mine not too long ago when endeavoring to rent the Blu ray Cowboys and Aliens. Which got me thinking, what about purchasing one of the brand new Media Streamers and connecting it to my Plasma television?
Having a fairly rapid internet speed of 11MBytes/sec would let me open up a whole new realm of digital media, from streaming music files and web radio to HD films from the likes of Netflix and Blinkbox. But which device will fit the computer system of mine, because my internet router is situated in my study upstairs.
I may possibly buy an unit like the costlier D Link Boxee including a wireless connection or spend less and go with the brand new Sony SMP-N200 that is much more of an easy streamer at 50 % the expense.
Since being made available a few years ago the D-Link Boxee which was allowed to play a wide range of video and music files has undergone a software upgrade. It is cost is 200 and could play high quality sound formats (FLAC and WAV) and also HD video (inc MKV files).Outputs include 2 USB sockets to enable it to connect to external equipment which might have an external Hard drive. This would effectively create an inexpensive server. Also the Boxee will communicate with any NAS (Networked Storage Device) on your product that can let you to browse the library of yours of video,music and media data.
Interestingly, Boxee at this point has a committed BBC iPlayer app onboard that means it is a lot easier to navigate around and as long as you have no less than 2MB/sec internet speed, browsing quality shouldn’t be a problem.
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However what struck my interest pretty much the most was the point that the movie streaming provider Blinkbox had now signed up to include a separate Film app too. YouTube was also catered for in addition to a huge plus for music fans the fact of Spotify.
It would seem D Link are onto a winner here!!
How about a viable solution? Well as I said earlier the Sony SMP-N200 can provide a straightforward Smart-TV upgrade.Coming in at only under 99 it is able to also play a variety of audio and video files, nevertheless, 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 easy to navigate around and also similar to those found on its Blu-ray players and also TVs. A big plus for those of us with older TVs is the reality that the SMP-N200 also sports analogue audio plus component video outputs.
If you have a 3D Flat Screen TV, Sony also can display 3D Video both online and via USB. Whether you’re streaming the BBC iPlayer in HD or possibly making use of its Video Unlimited film service, we’ve been told the audio and picture quality is great.