Netgear Launches New Streaming Players7 Jun, 2012 By: Chris Tribbey
Netgear debuted two new streaming media players this month.
Several industry changes led Netgear to this move, according to Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment for Netgear. The decline in physical media sales and statistics that show increasingly more people canceling their pay-TV service in favor of streaming content led the company to debut the NeoTV ($49.99) and the NeoTV Pro ($69.99), he said.
“VOD and subscription streaming have been coming up since physical started declining in 2006,” Skripic said. “And it correlates to streaming device sales as well.”
The two set-tops include Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Pandora, YouTube and “hundreds” of other channels, with more being added each month, he added. Both boxes feature 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby sound, built-in WiFi, and iPhone and Android remote control features. The NeoTV Pro also allows for wireless connection to an HDTV, but only with laptops that include Intel’s WiDi wireless technology.
Skripic noted that UltraViolet content could be accessed via the Vudu application, and added that the timing of the release coincides with the upcoming London Olympics.
“All 32 events of the upcoming summer Olympics in London will be streamed live on nbcolympics.com,” he said. “With the NeoTV Pro streaming player, and a laptop supporting Intel WiDi, consumers can watch Michael Phelps swim or Usain Bolt sprint on a big screen TV, streamed directly from the Internet. With built-in Intel WiDi and their laptop, NeoTV Pro allows consumers to access the entire Internet on their TV.”
The most recent channel additions to the players include SpiritClips, which features Hallmark Hall of Fame feature films; Fred, which is dedicated to YouTube celebrity Fred Figglehorn; And1 Basketball, which focuses on alternative street basketball leagues; and Formula Drift, which specializes in drifting street racing.