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NETGEAR NTV550 (Old Version)

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  • Automatically searches and scans your networked and local devices, and organizes your movies, music, and photos
  • Live Browsing provides an easy and fast access to your media collection
  • Built-in media card slot for convenient access to personal photos and videos (AVCHD compatible)
  • Compatible with a wide range of SD file formats including
  • Blu-ray with menu, navigation and BD-Live support1
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Connectivity Technology Ethernet Wireless wi-fi ready Wired & Wireless
Total USB Ports 2 2 0 2
Number of HDMI Ports Information not Provided Information not Provided 2 1
Model Year 2011 2012 2013 2011
Dimensions 9.9 inches x 2.8 inches 7 inches x 2 inches 8.15 inches x 7.28 inches 4.9 inches x 3.9 inches
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Why NETGEAR's NTV 550? Bring all your digital media to your TV. Play movies, music, and photo collections stored on your networked devices (such as PC, Mac, and network attached storage). The NTV 550 also provides easy access to files stored on your USB drives and SD cards. Features: Automatically searches and scans your networked and local devices, and organizes your movies, music, and photos. Live Browsing provides an easy and fast access to your media collection. Built-in media card slot for convenient access to personal photos and videos (AVCHD compatible). Compatible with a wide range of SD file formats including. Blu-ray with menu, navigation and BD-Live support1. Delivers your movie sound tracks in Hi-Def 7.1 (Dolby, DTS & LPCM compatible). Improved video and audio navigation using movies and CD covert art instead of file names. Custom remote with shortcuts designed for quick selection and ease if use. Disclaimers: 1Blu-ray experience requires an external USB or eSATA Blu-ray drive. Package Contents: NTV 550 (NTV550), Infrared (IR) remote control, Two (2) AAA batteries, Ethernet cable, AV cable, Note: HDMI cable not included, Quick install guide, Resource CD, Power adapter (localized to country of sale).

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Technical Details
Brand NameNetgear
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions9.9 x 2.8 x 10.5 inches
Item model numberNTV550-100NAS
Color NameBlack
Item Display Height2.75 inches
  
Additional Information
ASINB004EEOA9U
Best Sellers Rank #81,833 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 22, 2010
  
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It has worked great - very easy set up.
Mateo
I was able to hook up my external hard drive and the Live Hub was able to play my dvd iso's perfectly and my blu ray's in MKV format just fine.
Ali Heidarpour
According to Netgear's customer support, that was a common problem with no known fix date.
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Robert Salita on November 30, 2010
This is a review of the Netgear NeoTV 550 with updated firmware version 3.0.268 EU. I received the device from a European retailer on Nov 30, 2010.

The Netgear NeoTV 550 is a complex product to review. Your success with the device is highly dependent upon situational factors such as usage, media source, network speeds, and user technical ability. While the device is easy to use, it requires a home theater geek to properly and optimally set up the device. When first received, I recommend going through the device's Settings menu, drilling down through all the submenus, to properly understand and configure the device. Take the time to go through the several dozen settings and try to make them match your home theater equipment. There are settings for DVD region, video resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio, language, audio output (pass-through (bitstreaming)) and so on.

The remote is IR based, non-universal, non-learning, and not backlit. Ports include one HDMI port, two USB ports (front and rear), one SD port and one eSATA port. Some Blu-Ray menus require 1GB of storage. This can be a USB stick, SD cartridge or other attached storage device. The unit has no fan and is dead silent.

My media consumption is largely local content so this review reflects that bias. Alternatively, other people will use this device for consuming online media. I selected this device because of its rare ability to play Blu-Ray content with full menu support, bitstream audio and WAF. A plus will be when and if it plays Netflix, Vudu or other streaming services. I have hundreds of movies stored on a Windows Home Server (WHS). DVDs are ripped to folders and Blu-Rays are ripped as an ISO file. I tested several dozen DVD and Blu-Ray titles. Blu-Rays and DVDs play fine, audio bitstreams and menus work.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jef Mehr on February 23, 2011
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About 3 months ago I decided to re-do my basement into a media room. New TV (Samsung 58 inch 8000 series plasma) new reciever (Yamaha Aventage 2000 reciever), new speakers (Magnapan 1.6 speakers for surround), new couch, etc etc..you get the idea. One thing that bothered me about my old media / movie room was the shelves upon shelves of DVD's (I have almost 2000 if you include TV series)...in my new media room I didn't want to see them so I went through tons of ideas of hiding them...until it dawned on me...get RID OF THE DVD's!

I set about ripping them all to ISO using Anydvd in the thoughts that I would get a good player and just do without the DVDs entirely...but which player to get? I spent a lot of time reading reviews of every player that is currently out there and it turns out that there are VERY few players that will play an ISO with full menuing (so that it looks like you just inserted the DVD into a DVDplayer). There are lots that play ISO video, but very few with menuing....and even fewer that support Blu-ray menuing...actually I only found two that do. This one, and a DUNE player. Well, the DUNE is nearly 2x the cost of this which lead me to my purchase of this NEOTV.

WOW! Every day I am reading and trying new things with this little box. I have almost 500 DVD's ripped to ISO including several dozen blu-rays all sitting on a NAS that I have in my basement. After folling some very useful instructions I found on the internet for setting this up I can view every DVD in my collection as a cover view and select a DVD which then brings up all of the information on that DVD including actors / year made / directors / genre / etc all with a beautiful backdrop of a scene from the movie. I can even play a trailer before launching the actual ISO.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By TwistedPretzel on March 2, 2011
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Last year, I purchased a Samsung LED HDTV and was pleasantly surprised that it could play both streaming video (like Netflix streaming) as well as AVI and MKV files from my PC and my NAS. Although the Samsung HDTV plays a lot of formats, there was a subset of files it just didn't like, particularly certain hi-def or high bitrate files. DVD ISOs and Blu-ray ISOs didn't work either.

So the search was on for the "One box to Rule them All!"

I did a ton of reading and even tried a few boxes like the WD HDTV Live Plus, but all of them had various failings. (Too expensive, difficult menus, stuttering and audio drop outs, no ISO support, etc. etc.) The Netgear NTV 550 is the first box I have found so far that has not disappointed me.

Here are the things that made the top of my list:
- Plays *everything* that I've thrown at it: AVI, MKV, MP4, DVD ISO, Blu-ray ISO (with Full Menu support, too! Awesome!)
- Visually pleasing menus that are snappy, responsive, and easy to navigate
- HDMI, Component, two USB 2.0 ports, SDHC card slot, eSATA, Optical audio out.
- DLNA, SMB, and NFS network support
- No stuttering or audio drop-outs on high bit-rate video (fixed via firmware released on Feb 28th, 2011)
- Jump forward / backward in video file to specific time (hh:mm:ss)
- Good remote control with nice smooth buttons and faux-rubberized case. (It feels really nice in the hand.)
- Price has dropped $60 since I purchased it. Very affordable now.
- Stupidly easy to setup.

Things to be aware of:
- The firmware is still being actively developed by Netgear. This is both good and bad. It's bad because right now, this player is missing one or two minor features.
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