Hands-On: Iomega Screenplay Director HD
Manufacturer: Iomega Product: Screenplay Director HD
Price: £179 Web: Iomega

Whilst there’s still no sign of the digital media receiver hitting the mainstream in 2009, manufacturers are still working hard to crack the market by releasing a variety of networked music and video players, some with storage and some without. Iomega’s Screenplay line has been around for a little while, and the move from standalone storage to networked storage with media playback is a simple one for the brand. The Screenplay Director HD is Iomega’s latest offer in the DMR space, offering a choice of 1 and 2 TB networked drives with a host of media features including a wide range of format support, 1080P high definition playback via HDMI, internet content (RSS, Podcast, YouTube et al) and advertised support for torrent files.

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What’s in the Box?

The Screenplay Director HD, as you’d expect from Iomega’s top of the line digital media player, comes equipped with a host of cables and connectors:

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In the box you’ll find:

  • ScreenPlay Director
  • Remote control
  • Power supply
  • HDMI cable
  • USB cable
  • Composite video cable
  • Quick Start Guide and Solutions CD
  • FAT32 format utility
  • Iomega Protection Suite software (via download) :
    • Iomega Quik Protect
    • Retrospect Express HD (PC)
    • Retrospect Express for Mac
    • MozyHome Online Backup 2GB Free (PC/Mac)
    • McAfee Anti-virus software (PC)

    Note that you’ll need to supply your own networking cable if you wish to connect the ScreenPlay Director to your network over Ethernet. Wireless networking options are available, but again, you’ll need to purchase the adaptor separately. The good news, however, is that Iomega do supply an HDMI cable in the box, so no need to rush out and get clobbered by a retailer for a high price, high margin equivalent.

    Specifications

    The ScreenPlay Director HD supports playback of a decent range of file formats, including:

    Video

    • MPEG-1
    • MPEG-2 (AVI, VOB)
    • MPEG-4 (AVI, DivX 3.11, 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, XviD)
    • H.264
    • WMV
    • AVCHD
    • VC-1 (SMPTE 421M)

    Supported file extensions include: avi, asf, divx, mkv, mov, mp2, mp4, mpe, mpeg, mpg, m4a, m4v, vob, xvid, ifo, iso (DVD ISO), WMV, FLV, TS

    Music

    • MP3
    • AC3 (Dolby Digital Encoding)
    • WAV
    • OGG
    • WMA
    • AAC (non-DRM)
    • FLAC

    Photo

    • JPEG
    • BMP
    • GIF
    • PNG
    • TIFF

    Supported Interfaces

    • 10/100 Ethernet for wired network connection
    • Wireless Ready support for Iomega WiFi adapters (sold separately)
    • USB 2.0 for computer connection and external USB devices
    • AV PAL/NTSC — native to 1080i/1080p

56 comments

  1. Got one yesterday… I agree with the above.
    Had some troubles to keep NETWORK flowing without interruptions (was happening every 2~3 min…) using Wired.
    Went to the IOMEGA website and downloaded the latest Firmware, and indeed… resolved the problem.
    Some MKV files don't play the sound, not sure if it is because the sound is on some format (digital) or because I’m not using optical, only HDMI.
    I'm sure more firmware updates will appear soon.

    1. Flaps..Need your help!
      As u said u updated the new firmware…I tried the same..But its not happening!
      Mine version is 1.4.0.38 ….the new one is 1.4.0.70
      as instructed online…..i did the same..but the player reads my pendrive but not the latest firmware . why?? can u help me how u did it!!!

      1. Connect the USB pen drive containing the update to one of the ports behind. Start your player and go to Settings and then Version. It should say detected new version and should run the update software …
        Managed to update my player to 1.4.0.68 last week.

      2. I have the same problem and the answer provided below doesnt work. Anyone know why the player is not reading the update file from the USB drive and how can we make it do so? Thanks!

  2. I got two of these yesterday and I feel ripped off … the interface is appalling (i cannot stress that enough….brutal) and the startup time isn't much better either, I have the latest firmware.
    I am sorry I didn't get an Apple TV… the Apple TV doesn't have the capacity nor does it play as many formats but at least its useable.

  3. Installed the last update v1.4.0.68 as per instructions,then checked to see if it had done so,it did.I played a few music videos ok.I later put it back on,it will boot up to normal screen then go off,tried a few times same thing,it also does'nt register as drive on my computer via the usb lead,it is now defunct.The other drawback for me when ir was working that video music files don't shuffle only mp3's etc,the older screenplay does.Not a got buy.

  4. if MKV audio is DTS it does not process the audio. you will have to convert to Dolby Digital.
    i use popcorn software, its free and takes about 10 min.

  5. Don't agree that it supports a wide variety of video formats. More than half of my mkv's don't play well on this and there's lots of films where for some reason or another it can't read the subtitles. Big mistake buying this one, should have bought a second eGreat instead.
    When it does read the subtitles they are miserably small and I haven't found any way of changing their size. DTS files have no sound (the eGreat just downmixes them to stereo) and there's no way to move a specific point on a file.

    1. DTS files do have sound, it just sends it out through the digital audio out instead of thru the hdmi or rca outs

      1. Hi Bob! I hav conected the digital audio from the screenplay director to a Creative 5.1 speaker that do support Dolby Digital. Still there is no audio. Any idea?

  6. the worst thing i have ever bought, no support for most videos, and there's always something wrong with playback, i thought you can have a dvd menu that you can use.

    1. If you need to use the drive with DVD format files (VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS) you can convert those files to an ISO. The player plays ISO files beautifully as per DVD menu.
      If you don’t want to do so, just click on the VIDEO_TS.IFO and the DVD manu will appear.

      Cheers

  7. HELP PLEASE

    iomega screenplay director HD mediaplayer subtitle problem.

    konuşmaların altyazısı 2 defa yazıyor ekrana , bu problemi nasıl çözebiliriz.

    yardımlarınızı rica ederim.
    teşekkürler

  8. Did upgrade to version 1.4.0.68 and resolved issues with Network (Wired) and some MKV files. Tried to install newer version 1.4.0.70 and have the same problem as reported: Systems does not read automatically the file. Chated with technician on line and he could not help me, promissed to check what the problem is… probably we will have, soon, a new update.
    Regarding the Sound… if it is DTS it does not process the sound via HDMI. I'm using my optical connection to my YAMAHA amplifier and sound great. Let's hope this new update brings new stuff for this drive.

  9. just got one for myself thinking of putting the torrents to work directly by online. But cant understand how to get it done.
    Did any one tried? please let me know
    Nasir

  10. My new iomega screenplay Director is not recognised by pc, using windows vista.
    Please I need help with instalation

    1. unplug the devices USB from computer. switch off the iomega. Connect the usb back to the computer. Turn power on (iomega) wait for the laptop to read the device. If it does not work try it one more time. It did for me

  11. I got the cable today and the sound is working with the optical audio on the .mkv files with dts audio, I connected it straight to my amp and it seems to be good.

  12. I just got one of these, can't play flv files. Couldn't get PC to see the drive over USB to only via network. Turns out you have to just have USB connection to start with, then PC will recognise as hard drive. Plug in USB before powering drive on as well. I have taken some home DVD's to ISO format (using Roxio creator DE on my DELL) and got them to playback from internal hard drive, but it's really slow. Also can;t get YouTube to play anything and torrents…. will try firewall settings on my router to see if it's blocking the Iomega.

    1. Hi

      I am having the same problems with YouTube and Torrents. YouTube does not work and Torrents never seem to start downloading anything.

      Really frustrated with this! The biggest reason I bought this device is defeated. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP!

      1. I have exactly the same problem , and pretty much the same reason I bought the device as well!!

        Is there someone out there that can help??

  13. can somebody help me, I can access the device via RCA but I cannot use it using my HDMI cable. I tried 3 cables already. My TV is 42" Full HD Phillips

    1. I had the same problem, i upgrade the firmware to latest version and then rebooted the Iomega. It did recognize the HDMI cabke after that

  14. I have the same problem – I can access the device via RCA but I cannot use it using my HDMI cable. Any solutions? Thank you

  15. My PC (two of them) wouldn´t recognize it, bought a usb hub (better one with it´s own power supply) connect to pc through that and it worked. It only needed to be turned on and off after connecting to hub to be recognized.

  16. I was told to fomart all the partitions of my screenplay director by one of the support team staff wen my player was showing a no signal video black screen after connecting it to the TV.That was after it was working b4 and it stopped.After formating and connected it to the TV screen, it still showed the black screen. I tried to download and update the fireware as instructed but it gets had c'se it hardly shows the Iomega screen menu anymore for me to update it. it only displayers the black screen. Does anyone have any idea abt this.

    1. I have the same problem, but only on the HDMI connection.
      I spoke with the support @ Iomega and they told me that:"It looks like a hardware problem" so they offered to exchange it for free.
      I will send it, but after New Years.
      P.S. I was hopping they will come out with a new firmware.
      Ciao

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  18. Doesn't update automatically… Download the file and paste it directly into the update folder on the drive!

    Anyone know why the sound is sometimes out of synch?!? Even if the file plays perfectly on my laptop?!?

    P.s. Damn Iomega dongle and connecting to my home wireless network doesnt work at all! Instructions are awful!

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  20. I've had one of these for a few months and definitely would not recommend. Haven't experienced too many issues with sound or playback. The software interface is just sooooo intolerably slow. Takes an eternity to start up. Once up and running, browsing the files stored on it is no better. One of my reasons for buying it was to store and play an extensive music collection. By the time this thing starts and browse to the required directory I've lost the will to live. God help you if you want a directory starting with a letter towards the end of the alphabet.

  21. all of the comments are right this screenplay director is a piece of craft..they said its 1080p but when you look at the resolution settings its only 1080i, and you cannot play youtube either..i would not recommend this piece of shit…its been 5 months since i got mine there's no update for the firmware until now…

      1. After the firmware update to 1.4.0.92 it worked fine but No idea what happened a month ago it is not able to buffer it at all.

  22. setting up the network is a pain, i cannot get it to connect directly to my laptop either wired or wireless but i finally got it to work wirelessly through my bt hub
    1gb of video takes 20 mins to send this way
    torrents seem to be limited to their recomended ones only,

  23. This is one piece of junk.., don't BUY! I regret wasting my money for the very first time on something!
    Horrible interface and no firmware upgrades!!!

  24. I bought a ScreenPlay TV Link DX HD Media Player
    When I play Pandora on it i get no Sound???
    Please Help
    Thanks

  25. Iomega will never release a new firmware the fixes the youtube problem, so for you out there thinking that the issue will be fixed I can say , it will not, the update team have stopped (after order from Iomega) programming the firmware to screenplay pro and director models.

  26. This thing is really, really awful.
    – Does not play many MKV's. Some it plays but only sound
    – Can't read the subtitles at times. On one ocassion they came but disappeared after a while!
    – Plays some images and does not even read some.
    – Has several codec problems. Very inconsistent.

  27. Iomega screenplay director firmware

    Is it possible to get the firmware for this? i accidentally deleted
    this and would like to recover all my movies and photographs please
    it boots up to the part where it says searching for usb keys and then starts the process again

    Is it possible to get the firmware for this? i accidentally deleted
    this and would like to recover all my movies and photographs please

    it boots up to the part where it says searching for usb keys and then starts the process again

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