|Item Weight||1 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.9 x 2.8 x 10.5 inches|
|Item model number||NTV550-100NAS|
|Item Display Height||2.75 inches|
NETGEAR NTV550 (Old Version)
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This player outputs my high-resolution audio files via TOSLINK with bit-perfect precision, (it doesn't down-sample) and sounds WONDERFUL! Read morePublished 17 months ago by JustMe
The NTV 550 strength is its ability to play a variety of file formats including ISO files from DVDs & BluRay while maintaining all of the disc's menus & navigation. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Zaphod
Good picture quality and support BD.iso with full menu. But not a very stable product if you navigate too much.Published 20 months ago by Tham Choon Hoe
If your media is on your USB drives this player is amazing. It plays everything and loads fast even if you have tons and tons of files. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by speed racer
I've read some of the reviews here and I"m surprised by some of the negative responses, poor software, doesn't read all formats, slow connection. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Rc2112
My Netgear has been such a nice addition to my equipment. It'll play any file type I throw at it. I have the HDMI connected to my TV and a couple of large portable hard drives. Read morePublished on March 17, 2014 by Jerry Sebastian
Works great for watching movies stored on USB hard drives. My movies are in ISO format, and I'm able to watch them with no problems. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Richard
Too bad they discontinued it and there's no real alternative. The looks is not the coolest. It's better than Logitech Squeezebox Touch, WD Live Hub and the Boxee. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Mihail A. Popa