January 08, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
Netgear, Inc. today announced the Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) to bring the universe of digital content to television sets. The set-top digital media offers an intuitive user interface and search capability for high-definition televisions to display media files and Internet content streamed from Windows as well as Mac computers, network storage devices and USB media devices. Netgear is showcasing the Digital Entertainer HD at the 2007 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The Digital Entertainer HD automatically discovers HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple PCs, and organizes these into a single media library displayed on a TV without the need for media server software running on the computer.
Using the included remote, you can search your entire media library. A High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port displays video resolution up to 1080p on big-screen TVs and optical digital audio output (Toslink) transmits full digital surround sound to a digital audio receiver.
Listen to music from iTunes, view YouTube videos and access PC desktop info from your living room. When the PC has an optional TV tuner installed, you can even schedule recordings and pause or rewind live broadcasts without the need for an additional DVR device.
Multiple Digital Entertainer HD receivers can work in concert throughout a house. Using “Follow Me,” you can pause a video in one room and resume it in another. “Party Mode” allows you to synchronize music playback for whole-home listening. For added content, plug in a USB flash drive, iPod, or other USB storage device directly into the unit for instant access.
- Available Q1 2007
- Includes an HDMI port, RCA connectors, stereo RCA audio ports, coaxial and optical digital audio outputs, an S-Video port, and a SCART connector
- Support for 802.11g wireless networking
- Supports WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.