updated 01:50 pm EST, Fri November 28, 2008
NetGear media streamer
NetGear will soon launch its next-generation Digital Entertainer Elite network media streamer with the EVA9000, which has been spotted undergoing testing at the FCC. Both devices have the ability to decode high definition files encoded in AVI, XviD, DivX or H.264 codecs. Compared to the EVA8000 Digital Entertainer HD it's due to succeed, the new model has support for a 3.5-inch SATA internal hard disk drive and a Wi-Fi module.
The device includes one each of HDMI, USB 2.0, SCART, S-video, component video, RCA audio, coaxial digital audio, and optical audio connections. An Ethernet jack makes it easy to incorporate into any home theater or computer entertainment set-up. While there is no optical drive, users can play original movies or stream files from connected equipment, with support for MKV, TS and M2TS HD movies. Surround sound formats supported include Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
The EVA9000 is expected to be introduced at CES in January, though no specific information regarding a launch date or pricing is yet known. [via Engadget]