2011 is a year that marks the beginning of the change in how we consume media…movies, music, photos from hard copies onto streaming, streaming and more streaming. Whether we stream from Netflix or Pandora or from our own servers (where we ripped our own legally purchased movies), having everything at a touch of the button is more than simply convenience. As this site is dedicated to media streamers, we will compile a top 10 list containing the 10 best media streamers currently available on the market based on their advertised capabilities. Among the most important factors to be taken into account are DLNA support, internet clients, supported video formats and so on. We’ll try to list the best DLNA media player, best 1080p media player, best internet media streamer and the big prize will go to the best media streamer overall. I will also include a comparison table. Let the battle begin!
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LG BX580 is the company’s first 3D player and is available now on Amazon for $399 (although the waiting time seems to be 1 to 2 months). Packed with goodies like 3D support, integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, NetCast (for Youtube, Flickr, Weather, NETFLIX, VUDU and so on), DLNA so you can play your DIVX, MKV, photos and music from your home server), despite the steep price, is guaranteed to be a winner. No review yet but soon to come. You can order it here. Hit after the brake for full codec support.
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ 1080P HD Media Player and FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905004CEA2E1-RK
In a move that might redefine TV watching and media streaming on your TV, Google launched today its Google TV eco-system through the first device on the market: Logitech Revue. Features worth mentioning are the inclusion of Rhapsody universal remote technology (with IR blasters embedded), a new keyboard controller, HD camera capability for living room video calls, DLNA client supporting a wide range of audio/ video codecs (see below) and a bunch of applications available at launch including CNBC, Photo Gallery, Chrome, HD camera, Napster, NBA Game Time, Netflix, Pandora, Podcast. Early next year, the box will accept applications from Android Marketplace and this it when everything will change. Just imagine the possibilities (and this is also where Apple TV will fall short since it doesn’t accept any new applications)
Logitech Revue is available for pre-order at Amazon with no taxes and free shipping.
Logitech Revue supported media formats and audio/video codecs:
- Music: AAC (.aac), FLAC (.flac), MP3 (.mp3), OGG (.ogg),WMA (.wma)
- Photos: JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg), BMP (.bmp) PNG (.png), TIFF (.tiff)
- Videos: WMV (VC-1) (.asf .wma .wmv), WMV (VC-1) + WMA (.asf .wma .wmv), WMV + WMA (.avi), Xvid (H-264) + AAC (.avi),
Xvid (H-264) + AAC (.mp4), Xvid (H-264) + AAC (.mt2s .mt2), Xvid (MPEG4part2) + AAC (.avi), Xvid (MPEG4part2) + MP3 (.avi)
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Stunning HD Video: PopBox displays the best HD quality on your HDTV via HDMI / Component Video outputs and extensive codec support.
Simple and Easy to Setup and Operate: Setup is a snap! PopBox automatically finds, categorizes, and organizes all of your videos, music, and photos – and does the same for Internet content.
Enjoy the Best of Internet Movies, Videos, Sports, and More: PopBox brings your HDTV an ever expanding lineup of entertainment, sports, and informational channels
Roku announced that it is introducing the new Netflix experience. What is it ? Basically the previous interface on steroids, now featuring movies browsing and searching – and they have exclusivity for these features right now. Check the video for more information. Available at Amazon for $99 with free shipping and no taxes in most of US.
Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD Media Player and FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905004CEA1E1-RK
- Video/Music/Photo playback
- Support DTS
- Full HD video playback and navigation – up to 1080p
- Movie viewing with subtitles
- Music playback
- Photo viewing
- Connect without limits – Just add more USB drives for more space
- HDMI, component and composite video connections theater easily.
- Lets you connect to the highest quality HDTV Display or Home Theatre
- USB 2.0 high speed Host/Device
- SD/MMC/Memory Stick card-reader
- USB -> Card copy
- Product Name: MediaGate M2TVD
- DTS 2.0 Digital Audio Out
- AC/DC adapter: DC 5V/3A
- Power Consumption: -1000-2400 , 50/60 HZ
- Unit Weight: 0.26 KG
- Unit Dimension (WxHxD): 165 x 165 x 36 MM
- HDMI outout: Up to 1080P
- Movie Format Supported: RealVideo 10, VC-1, H.264, WMV9, MPEG1/2/4, AVI (Xvid, AVC), MKV, MOV, TP, TS, ISO, ASF, VOB
- Music Format Supported: MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV/PCM/LPCM, AAC, FLAC, Dolby Digital, RealAudio
- Photo Format Supported: JPEG, BMP, TIF/TIFF, GIF, PNG
- Subtitle Format Supported: Audio Decode: MP3, WMA, AAC, MPEG 1 Layer 2, PCM, WMA Pro
- Photo Format: Graphic Decode: JPG/JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF
- Subtitles: Srt, Smi, Sup, Ssa, Idx+Sub
- Y/Pb/Pr component output
- Optical/Coaxial digital audio output