Media Streamer

The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV was launched back in May with the intent to dominate the over-the-top set-top-box (OTT STB) landscape. Premium features such as full HDMI 2.0a support and HEVC Main10 decoding enabled the coveted Netflix 4K certification. No other set top box (including the recently announced 2015 Apple TV and the Amazon 4K Fire TV) has anything close to the SHIELD Android TV in terms of advertised hardware and software capabilities. Our review, however, pointed out a few missed opportunities. Aside from the experience with Android TV as a software platform (something for which NVIDIA is not directly responsible), we had indicated that NVIDIA could have done a better job of codec licensing and configurability to cater to HTPC enthusiasts. Today, NVIDIA...

Roku expanding to U.K. and Canada in Q1 2012

Roku announced today that they intend on bringing Roku boxes to the U.K. and Canada in 2012. In tandem with this announcement, Roku also plans on supporting region specific...

0 by Amman Sood on 11/17/2011

Android Based TViX Xroid A1 Gears Up for the US Market

Many Android based media streamers have been announced and demonstrated at various trade shows over the last year. We covered the Patriot Box Office Alpine which was on show...

13 by Ganesh T S on 10/22/2011

Western Digital Introduces New WD TV Live Streaming Media Player with Spotify in Tow

Western Digital jumped on to the local media streaming bandwagon quite early in the game. With better codec compatibility and a more stable platform compared to other vendors, the...

20 by Ganesh T S on 10/6/2011

Syabas Launches Popcorn Hour A-300

Syabas launched the next generation member of their immensely popular Popcorn Hour A-series today. The previous version were all based on Sigma's chipsets, and the A-300 is no different. It...

13 by Ganesh T S on 10/5/2011

Roku 2 XS Review : Streaming Videos and Casual Gaming on the Big Screen

Roku is one of the pioneers in the media streamer market. They introduced the first Netflix streaming box in 2008. New models have been coming out every year. This...

33 by Ganesh T S on 9/30/2011

ASRock CoreHT 252B Review

Approximately a year back, we reviewed the ASRock Core 100 HTPC which was a pioneer of sorts in the small form factor (SFF) HTPC space. Till that point, the...

56 by Ganesh T S on 9/2/2011

Roku 2 Brings Casual Gaming to TVs

Roku, founded in 2002, is one of the pioneers in the media streamer market. OTT (over-the-top) content from premium service providers like Netflix and Hulu has become more popular...

16 by Ganesh T S on 7/19/2011

Sigma Designs Skini Platform: Home Convergence using Hybrid STBs

While smartphones are bringing about the personal convergence revolution, there is still a battle going on to determine the convergence product at the residential level. Sigma Designs, through various...

9 by Ganesh T S on 6/20/2011

Patriot Box Office Alpine: Android Based Media Streamer

Patriot's Box Office helped the memory company diversify and now it's giving Android a try with the PBO Alpine. Patriot showed me a very early concept of the Alpine...

5 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/1/2011

Updates on the Netgear NTV 550

As followers of the media streamer reviews on AnandTech already know, I have been in possession of a review unit of the Netgear NTV 550 since CES. It was...

22 by Ganesh T S on 5/7/2011

Nixeus Fusion XS Brings Marvell into the DMA Market

The DMA (Digital Media Adapter) aka media streamer market has been dominated by Sigma Designs, Realtek and of late, the Intel CE 4xxx series. The low end market is...

15 by Ganesh T S on 3/11/2011

TViX Slim S1 : Bidding Adieu to the Realtek RTD1283

In the competitive media streamer market, we have been covering products with a huge US presence. Today, we will look at an offering from DViCO in the TViX series...

10 by Ganesh T S on 3/8/2011

Nixeus Fusion HD Review

The media streamer market is a highly competitive one, where you have the big players like Western Digital and Netgear, and the really small ones like Micca. None of...

32 by Ganesh T S on 3/4/2011

Dell Zino HD 410 HTPC Review

Dell is one of the leading vendors in the PC market to have a play in the SFF HTPC (small form factor home theater PC) space. In 2009, they...

69 by Ganesh T S on 2/19/2011

A.C.Ryan PlayOn!HD2 - First Realtek 1185 Media Streamer in the Wild!

AnandTech started covering the media streamer market last year. Thanks to the support of readers like you, the response has been very encouraging. Over the last few months, manufacturers...

31 by Ganesh T S on 2/14/2011

A.C.Ryan Enters US Market with Innovative Media Players

At CES 2011, A.C.Ryan, a Dutch company with only a small reseller presence in the US, invited us over to their private suite to talk about their plans for...

31 by Ganesh T S on 1/18/2011

ASRock ION 3D - A Next Generation ION HTPC

ASRock has yet another Mini PC in its lineup, this one makes use of an Atom dual-core processor and NVIDIA ION Graphics. In this review we will attempt to...

30 by Cameron Butterfield on 1/14/2011

Netgear @ CES 2011

Instead of the usual booth at CES, Netgear opted for private demo suites at the Marriot this time around. They also had a press conference on Tuesday, which I...

5 by Ganesh T S on 1/7/2011

Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-Ray Player with Google TV Review

Google TV launched to high expectations a couple of months back. Users have slowly come to terms with the capabilities of the software as well as the underlying hardware...

20 by Andrew Van Til on 11/29/2010

The Boxee Box Review

Content aggregation has been instrumental in the development of the web. In the early days of the web, destinations held all the power. If you wanted news or reviews...

44 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Ganesh T S on 11/23/2010

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