Among the few products that were introduced earlier this morning by Netgear is the new Internet TV. The new device is a small set-top box that ships with its own remote control. As for content, as you would have expected, YouTube is on the list.
However, there is also a wide selection of other available content available, which includes movie rentals, as well as pre-arranged content from sites such as ESPN, FOX and TMZ. There is also a Live Internet TV menu that allows you to watch television from all over the world to include channels such as Sky and EuroTV. The Intenet TV includes the ability to search for your content using the “vtap” search function.
Additionally, it also offers a USB port that allows you to hook up your own external drive and watch video, listen to music or browse images.
Based on what we mentioned earlier, we can expect to see the Internet TV player sometime in the summer of 2009 with a retail price of $199. Basically, this seems like a worthwhile option with plenty of options for available content, I think the biggest barrier will be the same as the rest of these types of devices — and that is whether people will be willing to add yet another set-top box to their already crowded home entertainment setup.