Netgear EVA2000 Digital Entertainer Live review

Stream your media from your home PC to your LCD TV

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Our Verdict

Not really one for the true AV or HD enthusiast but will suit those who just want to watch the odd episode of South Park in the comfort of their living rooms

For

  • Nice stylish design
  • USB input
  • VuNow is a welcome addition

Against

  • Dodgy file format support
  • HD refused to play
  • Limited HDMI capability

The Netgear EVA2000 compact media player resembles one of Netgear's popular routers. It connects to one of these via Ethernet, and to your TV via HDMI.

The EVA2000 then allows you to view content stored on your network or USB devices, and among the formats claimed to be supported are Matroska, MPEG-1/-2/-4, DivX/XviD, JPEG, Dolby Digital, WMV, MOV, FLV, MP3, WMA, WAV and M4A. Not enough? An impressive quantity of online content is also accessible.

The 'VuNow' service provides access to many worldwide broadcast channels (including BBC/ITV/C4/ five). Pictures and sound from the UK channels are quite good, but Freeview simulcasts are noticeably superior.

Thanks to UPnP/DLNA, the EVA2000 will play your own media if it's stored on NAS boxes equipped with a media server or PCs running software like Windows Media Player 11 and Twonky.

MP3, MPEG-1/-2, JPEG and standard-def DivX all work fine. Depending on the source, AV quality can be excellent.

Net radio isn't catered for, nor is integral wireless support – Wi-Fi is available via an optional 'dongle'.

One feature that will put off a few is that the HDMI output is limited to 720p and not 1080p which is the output of choice for high definition content.

Files with incompatible extensions don't show up in the content lists, and despite the claimed support for H.264 Matroska, .mkv files meeting this spec didn't appear.

None of the hi-def content I tried (for example, 1280x720p DivX) would play. So it's upscaling only, folks.

There's a keyword search, but it only works for online content, not your own files. Content lists are slow to access and aren't cyclical – reaching the bottom of the list doesn't automatically 'loop' back to the top.

You'd better organise your stuff well, buddy!

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetwork Audio/Video Player
EthernetYes
HDMIYes
Brand NameNetgear
Audio FormatsAAC, AC3, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, WMA
Video FormatsASF, AVI, DivX 4, DivX 5, FLV, M4A, MKV, MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, VOB, WMV, XviD
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
Image FormatsJPEG
ManufacturerNetgear, Inc
Product ModelEVA2000
Product NameEVA2000 Network Media Player
Manufacturer Part NumberEVA2000-100PES
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.netgear.co.uk
Marketing Information

With the power of NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live you can enjoy some of the same entertainment you love on your computer, now on your big screen TV. From your own digital media stored on your computer or external USB drives, to YouTube, online videos, and streaming live Internet TV NETGEAR Digital Entertainer Live turns your TV into a super hub for your favorite entertainment.

Package Contents
  • EVA2000 Network Media Player
  • Remote Control