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  • mfenn - Saturday, May 07, 2011 - link

    should be this morning Reply
  • MeSh1 - Saturday, May 07, 2011 - link

    I'd go for AMD fusion htpc Reply
  • burntham77 - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    I am with you. I have tried to find alternatives to my HTPC that use less power, like these media streaming boxes, and none of them are as flexible as a Windows 7 HTPC. The fact that I only need one box to handle all of my media needs is just great. Reply
  • Blaze-Senpai - Sunday, May 08, 2011 - link

    There goes the DRM making things more difficult than it has to be.... Reply
  • dbone1026 - Sunday, May 08, 2011 - link

    Ganesh,

    Thanks for the update. Am I the only one who is getting tired of these companies advertising features that either do not work or are not available at release???

    As far as the Netflix certification process with the PCH, I wouldn't be surprised if Syabas simply decided it wasn't worth pursuing since non-US makes up a large part of their customer base. Had the Popbox been a viable product at launch maybe that would have motivated them to move forward with certification

    Cheers
    Damian
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  • ganeshts - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Damian,

    Is PCH trying to get Netflix certification for their players? That is news to me.

    If they are trying for their 8654 based player (do they have any?) then it is possible since that platform is certified by Netflix. If it is for their C200 (8642 based), I hope customers aren't holding their breath.

    I hope that at least some media streamer manufacturers endeavour to market a box with equal and good emphasis on both local and OTT media playback.
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  • shawkie - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Thanks for the update. Can you also clarify the situation on BDA certification and support for external blu-ray drives? This was promised in some early reviews but now seems to have been dropped from the specifications.

    So on the whole the Dune players are more polished devices? I've heard that they do have some problems of their own though - the big one for me is that apparently they can't even play back CD audio (let alone FLAC or MP3) gaplessly.
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  • stevekgoodwin - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Having experienced Netgear's lacklustre support for the EVA8000 media player, I've got to say I'm not that suprrised to find the same kind of thing here. While the EVA8000 kind of mostly worked, it was never great.

    Worse, was Netgear's rather dismal view on telling the truth in the forums (to be fair, they had a couple of really helpful guys... but they were obviously required to toe the corporate line wrt to disclosure of what was really going on).

    What I learnt was
    a) Netgear releases products before the firmware is fully cooked
    b) They aren't that interested in cooking the firmware properly.
    c) read the forums thoroughly before purchasing (keeping in mind forums are by their nature heavily waited towards those people having problems).

    In general, I don't think media appliances are quite done yet, there's a few more years of evolution to go yet before they're ready for everyone.
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  • ganeshts - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    I didn't spend too much time checking up on the EVA lineup. Now that I see more talk about those products, I think what you are writing seems well substantiated and the NTV 550 also seems to be going the same route.

    That said, I am hoping that the sort of coverage we do for media streamers on AnandTech will somehow make the NTV 550 a better player (Or, I can just keep on dreaming :D)
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  • micksh - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    Maybe they are busy implementing Cinavia and can't dedicate enough resources for Netflix? Reply
  • ganeshts - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    I think that is very unlikely.

    Sigma doesn't have enough resources to continue updating the SDK of the 8642/8643 for the new Netflix UI, so it is highly improbable that they want to work on Cinavia support for this SoC. Considering that Netflix certification should get them more design wins.... Also, they have to make sure the 8646 and 8190 go out to customers with proper SDKs.. I think Cinavia will probably be a real threat only to streamers based on those SoCs...
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  • IKeelU - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    I want to work for a media player outfit just to see first-hand why it is so hard to bring such a unit to market. If this was actually something new, I wouldn't think twice, but media players are practically commodities these days. It reminds me of the early days of MP3 players, minus a killer device on the market (i.e. iPod). Reply
  • QChronoD - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    I think thats the first time I've ever seen that acronym. I'm guessing that it means On The TV?

    Also, are you planning on doing updates to any of the other media players that were released a while ago but had issue? I'd be happy with just a basic round up where you recapped what did and didn't work in the past, then tested to see if they fixed or added anything new. (I would be very surprised if they removed or broke a previous feature since Sony doesn't make any of these.
    I'd especially like to see the popbox and/or their A200/C200 models. I know that they were missing a few key features at launch and weren't entirely stable, but I haven't seen any updated reviews newer than a month or two after their respective launches.
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  • ganeshts - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    OTT refers to Over-the-top, which is basically any method of delivering content other than the standard means (cable TV or satellite or over the air). In this context, it refers to services such as Netflix, Vudu etc. Reply
  • ganeshts - Monday, May 09, 2011 - link

    PS: I will present a review of the Boxee Box as soon as 1.1.1 firmware is released to the public. The second part of the AC Ryan POHD2 review is coming soon (next in line in the media streamers section). Reply
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  • Dakiya - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - link

    i am looknig forward to buying NTV 550.. Do you have frimware update which was supposed to be release in June.

    Have you reviewd it..

    Cheers, Dakiya
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  • Dakiya - Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - link

    oops, i meant to ask Do 'they' have a firumware update and a stable one at that...
    And also is NTV550 only one around with complete Menu feature for blueway ISO as well as one with good pass thru for Dolby HD and DTS HD.. I check WD TV live hub and they dont have the licensing for pass-thru...

    Looking forward to read a complete review on NTV 550...
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