- Brand Name: ZeeVee
- Model Number: ZV100-NA
- Form Factor: External
- Width: 11.4 inches
- Item Display Depth: 4 inches
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- Watch anything you can get online or on your computer from all your HDTVs
- Avoid new subscription fees
- Access ANY computer application from your HDTVs
- Enjoy the same great resolution you get at your computer
- Use existing cable wiring to reach all HDTVs in the house
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* This is a very creative approach to getting around the issue of streaming HD content (actually, VGA content) throughout the home. ZeeVee's paradigm is to broadcast your content from a PC over an unused cable channel...this is a great concept since it doesn't rely on any of the host of other transmission conduits that have have either not been reliable enough or deliver the adequate bandwidth necessary to get the job done, e.g. wireless, powerline, etc...
* When all is said and done, the product DOES work.
* The installation guide just casually expects you to find the root source of the cable signal coming into your home and to hook in a little signal "reflecting" device to ensure your personal channel doesn't transmit all over the neighborhood. Otherwise, conceivably, your neighbor could watch your movies with you, watch you do your banking online, etc... If you install this device anywhere else on your cable line inside the house, you risk cutting off parts of your home from receiving your personal channel.
Now, perhaps in Massachusetts where these guys are based, that's no big deal since cable TV service was patched onto homes that were already decades old. Here in California, the cable connection is relatively embedded...it was installed when the home was built. While it's possible that I could go outside and open up the TV service panel and figure out some way to do all of that without losing signal fidelity, I'm less than excited about actually doing the deed. For many, I'd expect that this is far beyond their technical capability.
* Software stability issues.Read more ›
I have some other media streamers, but it seemed like where they come up short is in the number of formats they support and the limited amount of web content they can access. The ZvBox gets over all the format limitations by just putting what's on your PC monitor onto your TV screen!
Setup was easier than other reviewers made it out to be (you screw in a couple of coax cables and plug your monitor in), though you do have to know where the main splitters are so you can screw in the channel filter.
It also doesn't interfere with my cable-based "digital voice" and broadband services which is something I worried about.
The device itself performs reasonably well. Resolution is truly HD, frame rate is impressive, but darker gradients sometime pixellate because of the signal compression. The vast majority of content looks just as great on the big screen as the computer monitor, but I wouldn't stream Blu Ray over the ZV channel or anything because there ARE minor, usually unnoticeable quality issues that keep it from having the quality of a direct HDMI connection.
The RF remote that comes with it is pretty cool and functional, though you'll want to learn to use the directional arrows, play button, and "full screen" button to minimize the reliance on the laggy touchpad and the painful text-message style text entry (for the rare circumstance where you'd want to simulate typing via the remote).
Also ZeeVee created a streamlined interface to Hulu and a few other sites which provide a pretty solid selection of free, ad-supported streaming content from the internet.Read more ›
In a nutshell (at the time I bought this):
1. There was no information available it wouldn't work on a MAC. Not even a mac running any
flavor of windows. Come on. MACs are preferred for video applications.
2. The unit only works on a selective number of video cards. The list is not mentioned in
their web page. Ofcourse you find this out after you purchase the Windows PC because the MAC
3. Now I have my new DELL ZINO. Guess what, it doesn't work. Sigh. ZeeVee doesn't support Windows 7. I'm not a complete idiot to buy it with Vista. This company is not ready for the real world.
Conclusion: I assembled an old PC running XP just so I wouldn't completely lose use of a $500 unit. The Zino went on to be a content server for an Apple TV which took the place of the ZeeVee.
Don't buy this product until you have talked to someone (Melanie) at ZeeVee to see if it will work on your system first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This product is great. Not difficult to setup if you can follow directions.
Blows boxee away. One box in the den, a d it works on three tv's on three floors with the included... Read more
The zv box is a really great idea. Too bad it doesn't deliver.
To begin with, the spec's never said anything about it only having vga connectors. Read more
Absolutely gorgeous picture and the remote works everywhere. Everything needed is included in the box. Easy hookup and worked the first time. Thanks.Published on May 18, 2009 by J. Houseright
Finally, a high quality, easy to use device for watching computer content on my HDTV! I've been waiting a long time for this! Read morePublished on December 29, 2008 by B. Martin
First of all, I am very excited that after 2 hours of hard working I finally got it to work on one of my HDTV..
Pro: The concept is awesome and it does work. Read more