Whilst TV manufacturers continue to pump out internet-connected TVs, spare a thought for those who updated their TV a couple of years ago, and are missing out on all the fun – that 42” LCD isn’t going anywhere for a good while yet. They’re exactly the people that Sony are targeting with their new Bravia SMP-N100, the company’s first dedicated network media player, which is set for launch next month.
QNAP TAS-168/268 runs Android alongside the company’s QTS NAS software, boasting Google Play, YouTube and Netflix support.
We last reviewed Iomega’s entry-level NAS device, the Home Media Network Hard Drive 18 months ago. We uncovered a few no-brainer compatibility issues with Windows 7, but were generally impressed by its on board DLNA media server and backup software. That said, our verdict was that it was very much a “smarter hard drive” that lacked the breadth of features required to compete with more capable NAS servers. Things have moved on, and how will the company’s latest version of the media drive compare?
Whilst Intel’s Wireless Display technology may be front of mind for many when considering pushing video from a PC to a TV or projector, it requires compatible laptops (Intel-based, obviously) and TV adaptors. That may be fine for those ready to invest in new kit, but what about connecting your existing, or older PCs?
Storage specialist Western Digital today took the wraps off the WDTV Live Plus HD, an enhanced member of the WDTV media streaming family with Netflix integration. The new Netflix interface enables members to browse and add movies to their instant Queue on the Netflix Website right from their TV. Viewers can then instantly watch thousands of movies and TV episodes on the big screen.