Netgear has announced the NeoTV ProHD, a streaming hub that lets you access the internet on your TV.
It’s perhaps aimed at those with an older HD TV set who would like the web features of a Smart TV set, but would like to keep their older HD panel. Essentially a bridge that lets you access streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube (supporting video streams up to 1080p), you can also surf the web on your TV via a simple web browser.
Thanks to the iOS and Android NeoTV Streaming Player apps, you’re able to turn your phone or tablet into an advanced remote control.
It’s also ‘the world’s first streaming player to offer wireless display capability using Intel®Wireless Display (WiDi),’ meaning you can display any type of content from an Intel WiDi laptop. So if you wanted to access, say, sports broadcasts on a site like Livesport.tv, you’d be able to sling it to your TV through the NeoTV ProHD.
Netgear’s NeoTV ProHD can connect to the net via integrated Wi-Fi (high-speed 300Mbps) which can deliver smooth streaming at 1080p HD video resolution, or wired through an Ethernet cable.
RRP for the Netgear NeoTV ProHD is $70 (£45) in the States. Though it’s not available in the UK yet, we’re told that it is coming; we’re holding tight for release dates and a price which we’ll get to you as soon as.
We hope that more UK-specific service like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player (dare we say it Sky Player?) will be announced soon too; presumably if there's no apps you'd be able to access iPlayer through the browser if it came to it. More info coming when we get it.