A while back I had the opportunity to review the Netgear NeoTV. This week the have announced an updated and much-improved version that is designed to compete directly with Apple TV and Roku.
The new version is smaller, comes in a beautiful shiny black case and packs a whole lot of extras that were lacking in the previous release. New apps include Pandora, Netflix, Vudu, Napster, Twitter, Pandora and a bunch more. The remote control also has been simplified over the previous version.
The complete product hardware specs, as published by Netgear, are a s follows:
- NeoTV™ Streaming Player (NTV200)
- Remote control
- Two (2) CR2032 coin batteries
- Power adapter
- Quick start guide
- Note: HDMI cable not included
- Easy setup
- Up to 1080p HD streaming
- Built-in Wireless-N for extended-range (b/g/n compatible)
- Ethernet port
- HDMI video output
- 5.1 surround sound
- Broadband Internet connection
- PC/tablet with Internet browser for service activation
- TV with HDMI input and cable
- Built-in Wi-Fi 300 Mbps (802.11 b/g/n)
- 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45)
While it contains “N” WiFi, I was a bit disappointed that Netgear chose to go with 10/100 ethernet, as opposed to 10/10/1000. Honestly, I doubt it will make a any difference with this type of product, but it’s always nice to have the latest version of all of the internals when you buy new hardware.
The new box is technically known as the NeoTV 200 (the previous was the NeoTV 550). It is available for pre-order now, and retails for $79.99. You can get full details, picture and a video demo over at the NetGear website.