Best Media Streamers 2011

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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WD TV Live Plus review – top media streamer 2010

Western Digital released last week their new WD TV Live Plus media streamer, with added Netflix support. Currently, in my opinion it is the top media streamer on the market. It includes a wide codec support, 1080p HDMI output and can stream movies, audio and pictures from a plethora of sources including network shares, USB, DLNA client and web clients (Flickr, Pandora, Live365, MediaFly, YouTube and of course, NETFLIX). Currently on sale at Amazon, with free shipping and no taxes in most states.

Review Horizon has an in-depth review for WD TV Live Plus (and also a lot of screen-shots).

Mediagate MG-700DVR HDMI w/ WD 1TB 1080 HDD HDMI Media Player Combo

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Total Customer Reviews: (0)
Seller: Amazon
Specification: Product Name MG-700DVR (Record / HDMI / Network) media player Available OS USB Device Compatible: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/VISTA, Mac OS 9.0 higher, Linux 2.4 higher LCD Display 32x40mm(Blue color) USB Device Device Port x 1ea, 480Mbps USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) USB Host Host Port x 2ea, 480Mbps USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) Sup[Read More]


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LG BD590 250GB HD Network Blu-Ray Disc Player

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Total Customer Reviews: (10)
Seller: Amazon
250GB HD, BD-P, Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, BD Live, Advanced Audio, Quick Booting, 1GB Memory, Wireless 802.11n, DLNA, 7.1ch Analog Output, Instant Tray Open, 1080p up-scaling for DVD, USB Media Host


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ASUS O!Play – TV HD Media Player (Black)

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Total Customer Reviews: (132)
Seller: Amazon
ASUS O!Play is the most convenient way access your media files on your TV. This device is easy to use and highly compatible with many video and audio formats. Equipped with an eSATA, USB, and LAN port, you can access your files from an external hard drive, PC, or NAS. The O!Play even supports HDMI so you can display your content in 1080p.


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LG BD570 Network Blu-Ray Disc Player

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Total Customer Reviews: (48)
Seller: Amazon
BD-P, Netflix, YouTube, CinemaNow, BD Live, Advanced Audio, Quick Booting, 1GB Memory, Wireless 802.11n, DLNA, 7.1ch Analog Output, Instant Tray Open, 1080p up-scaling for DVD, USB Media Host


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Noah Company MediaGate GV-IR05WT Windows Vista MCE Learning Remote Control, 1 Channel IR  (White)

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Total Customer Reviews: (0)
Seller: Amazon
Three modes of device (TV, AV, and AUX) are for users to learn and store three sets of code into each mode. In each mode, 43 buttons "learn" IR commands from other remote controls. This feature lets you use the Media Center Remote Control send commands to your TV or other devices, such as audio receiver or home stereo set.


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LG BD550 Blu-Ray Disc Player

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Total Customer Reviews: (20)
Seller: Amazon
BD-P, Netflix HD, YouTube, CinemaNow Ready, BD Live, Advanced Audio, Quick Booting, Instant Tray Open, 1080p up-scaling for DVD, USB Media Host


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Samsung BD-P1600 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player

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Total Customer Reviews: (384)
Seller: Amazon
Plays Blu-ray high-definition discs (selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video). There is selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only) and built-in audio decoding to PCM for Dolby Digita[Read More]


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DViCo TViX HD Network Media Player HDMI/SATA M-6500A

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Total Customer Reviews: (6)
Seller: Amazon
Underneath the surface of this cleverly engineered players features the most advanced support for high definition video and picture viewing. With H.264(MKV) support, HDMI 1.3 output and a SATA HDD interface, the M-6500A guarantees maximum performance while delivering the ultimate quality in high definition video and audio, without sacrificing stora[Read More]


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Atlona PAL HDMI to NTSC HDMI + Digital/Analog Audio Video Converter & 1080p Scaler

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Total Customer Reviews: (1)
Seller: Amazon
The Atlona AT-HD560 is an advanced HDMI to HDMI Scaler. It accepts HDMI input with a separate Toslink or analog audio and scales it to a HDMI output (at a number of selectable resolutions) with additional Toslink and analog audio output. Any HDMI input resolution could be up-converted up to 1080p or down-converted as well to any resolution (listed [Read More]


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