Originally Posted by keenan9
I'll be interested to see the reviews of the Netgear NeoTV 550 when it starts actually shipping out. What additional features does it offer over the Dune?
I am streaming BD ISO from a WHS across the network to the Dune. For me personally I don't need local storage.
I was interested in the GigE support on the WD TV Live Hub, but it would appear that this unit really doesn't benefit much at all from GigE.
1. The Netgear unit will be sold in retail stores. So, warranty / exchange / support is much more localised compared to purchasing some unit online.
2. Netgear seems to have a very active beta testing group (The first time that I am seeing a product being tested so thoroughly by power users -- Refer the NTV 550 thread)
3. More tightly integrated movie scraping program supplied by Netgear themselves
4. Gapless audio playback
5. Most importantly, lower cost compared to the Dune models
What the WDTV Live Hub and the upcoming Boxee Box / NTV 550 have done is that they have weakened the market for streamers from foreign companies such as HDI etc. by offering competitive (if not supposedly better) features at a lower price point.
GbE on the WDTV Live Hub is a very slight improvement only. I am sure the next generation products will all see full GbE support.