Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link HD Director review

A media streamer of evolved versatility but no internal storage

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Our Verdict

A feature-rich streamer, but a sometimes-clunky interface lets it down


  • Comprehensive compatibility
  • Feature-rich
  • Needs own-brand Wi-Fi dongle


  • Interface a little spartan

You can't fault Iomega's new ScreenPlay TV Link Director Edition media streamer for versatility.

It can handle pretty much any video format you can throw at it, including MPEG 1, 2 and 4, WMV, AVI and FLV. It's DivX-certified, and unlike last year's ScreenPlay Pro HD, it supports the H.264 standard as used by the iPod. It can handle HD video up to 1080p, and supports a wide range of audio and image formats too.

It also lets you access online media such as Youtube, Flickr and SHOUTcast internet radio, and even run torrent downloads.

Unlike Iomega's ScreenPlay Director HD, the TV Link model doesn't have an internal hard drive. Instead you can connect a USB flash or hard drive to one of the device's three USB ports, or stream media over your local network (UPnP and DLNA are supported).

Streaming is through Ethernet or Wi-Fi, which requires a separate adaptor. Unfortunately, it has to be Iomega's own ScreenPlay Director 802.11n.

ScreenPlay TV Link streamed our videos with ease. The interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, but lacks panache and flexibility. It doesn't display album art as you pick through your tunes, and list options are limited to alphabetical order. It can be slow to respond to your inputs too.

One day, someone will release a media streamer with the finesse of Apple TV and the versatility of Iomega's ScreenPlay TV Link or Western Digital's WDTV. Until then, this is as good as any.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Multimedia Player
Product FunctionsAudio Player, Video Player, Photo Viewer
Product FamilyScreenPlay TV Link
Brand NameLenovoEMC
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsMP3, WMA, WAV, OGG
Video FormatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, VOB, DivX, XviD
Height82.8 mm
Width78 mm
Depth19.8 mm
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model34386
Product NameScreenPlay TV Link Digital Multimedia Player
Product LineScreenPlay TV Link
Manufacturer Part Number34386
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Iomega ScreenPlay TV Link is an ultra-compact multimedia player that allows you to connect your USB hard drive, flash drive or Iomega REV Drive (sold separately) to your TV and enjoy high quality movies, music, and photos. Enjoy your digital media collection on your home theater or on any TV, plus includes the convenience of a full-function remote control.

Package Contents
  • ScreenPlay TV Link Digital Multimedia Player
  • Remote control
  • Power supply
  • Composite video cable
  • Component video cable
  • SCART adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
Weight (Approximate)99.8 g