Netgear launches EVA8000 – HD-friendly digital media receiver

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More and more streaming media devices are hitting the market, the latest of which is the EVA8000 from Netgear, which offers streaming of standard and high-definition content, plus content from popular internet sites.

The EVA8000 automatically discovers HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple computers, organising these into a single media library displayed on a TV without the need for media server software running on your computer. It means you can play movie downloads on a big screen, as well as streaming directly from sites such as YouTube.

It also accesses photos stored on Flickr the need for a computer and allows music to be streamed from iTunes libraries through your home theatre system. And if that isn’t enough, you can listen to internet radio and access RSS feeds from your favourite websites. There’s also PVR functionality if you have a TV tuner on your PC, two USB ports and the EVA8000 is compatible with PC or Mac.

US only right now, with a price tag of $399 (around £200). No news of a European launch as yet, but it should be fairly soon.

Netgear website

Dave Walker