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NETGEAR preps media hub with 1080p, 500GB

updated 10:05 am EST, Thu December 11, 2008

NETGEAR DEE 9150 Media Hub

NETGEAR hopes to lead the increasingly crowded networked media hub field with a new flagship, the company tells Wired. The Digital Entertainer Elite or EVA9150 will focus on brute hardware superiority to compete against rivals such as the Apple TV and will be one of the few in the category to play 1080p video. Appropriately, it will also carry a 500GB hard drive in an accessible bay that lets owners upgrade themselves if the storage is lacking.

Significantly, however, NETGEAR has declined to tie the Elite directly to any paid online video services and is instead relying on transfers from locally networked PCs to load commercial content. Free Internet content is available from Flickr for still images and YouTube for videos. Expansion and networking haven't been completely revealed but should include USB, component or HDMI for video, and at least Wi-Fi for its data link.

The new Digital Entertainer isn't due to start shipping until the early portion of 2009 and will cost $400 due to its feature set.

by MacNN Staff



  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The future

    Do gadgets like this leave any doubt whatsoever as to the future of physical media? You can stick a fork in Blu ray. It's done.

  1. csimon2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: The Future

    Actually, do gadgets like this leave any doubt as to their intended market? Yep, sounds to me like they are clearly targeting those who rip BDs in order to have 1080p content. So instead of sticking a fork in BD, raise a glass!

  1. jamesfabin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm sold

    I currently use the Apple TV - like it except for the extremely small hard drive. My personal library is just under 1 TB currently, so I have to use the streaming which means my personal computer has to be on. I would love to pop one of these boxes in each of my main rooms and copy over my library (which gives me a backup) - then my wife wouldn't have to turn my computer on upstairs and start iTunes to watch a video. I'm excited it has good hardware and a replaceable hard drive.

  1. Salsa

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not for me...

    $400? For $500 you can get a Mac Mini and run Plex. That would give you a better media center plus a full computer to check your e-mail and calendar etc. Use USB to have any amount of local storage you want.

    For now, I have an AppleTV running XBMC to stream all my content up to and including 720p. I don't need 1080p yet. It's just not worth the extra cost.

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969


    yes and no

    Go Netgear! Spank Apple's butt!

    I really do like the AppleTV, but like many other Apple products, it is very underwhelming. It has potential, but Apple just can't summon the courage to produce a really stunning product.

    If Netgear could get Boxee running on theirs, then it would be lights out for AppleTV.

    Either way, I'm still unlikely to buy either one. I'm still using my Mac Mini as my entertainment hub. I'm about to plug in an extra TB via FireWire (Apple, you better not kill FW on the next version of the Mini which I'm itching to buy - otherwise you're out, and I probably will get a Netgear box instead).

    The Mac Mini works great as a media hub, plus I can easily use 'legacy' DVDs. It also can output "1080p" or any desired res (up to 1920x1200) cause it's a computer with a DVI port. Simple. Basic. Works.

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