We didn't doubt the reality of Netgear's NeoTV PRIME (GTV100) Google TV box after the candid shots of it we saw last month, but as expected, the company has chosen to make it official at CES. In addition to providing access to your favorite on-demand streaming services, just like the standard, PRO and MAX NeoTV models, the PRIME adds all the Google goodies -- live TV, the Chrome browser (Flash supported), Primetime, full access to the Play store and, of course, search. It's also DLNA compatible and, with the pre-installed aVia app, can push media to your TV from USB drives and other storage sources hooked up to the same network, including Android devices. The PRIME is available from today for a cent under $130, making it less than Sony's Google box, and $30 more than Vizio's. Hopefully, a decent dual-sided remote will justify that extra $30 (we didn't like Vizio's attempt), but if you'd rather use your phone or tablet, a remote control app is available for anything running iOS or Android, too.
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NETGEAR LAUNCHES NEOTV PRIME WITH GOOGLE TV,
BRINGING ENDLESS ENTERTAINMENT TO YOUR TV
Easily search and enjoy anything on live TV, the web, apps or streaming services, all through one device
LAS VEGAS – January 7, 2013 – NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR)
(www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, announced today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) the new NETGEAR NeoTV® PRIME with Google TV (GTV100) streaming player. As the newest addition to the NETGEAR family of streaming players for connected home theater entertainment, NeoTV PRIME enables you to easily find what you love to watch - whether it's on live TV, streaming entertainment, apps, or the web- using one small NeoTV player.
Building on the features of NETGEAR NeoTV, NeoTV PRO and NeoTV MAX family of streaming players, the new NeoTV PRIME with Google TV extends your entertainment experience beyond just streaming video or even basic TV viewing. NeoTV PRIME opens up the world of apps from Google Play, delivering access to a growing library of entertainment including movies, TV shows, and music from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Crackle, Flixter, Rhapsody, Pandora and many more. Google Play gives you movies and new releases in HD, music albums, and apps designed specifically for the TV.
NeoTV PRIME supports playback of your personal media from external USB hard drives and home media servers. With the pre-installed aVia media player app on NeoTV PRIME, you can play, manage and share your videos, music, and photos from any of your digital storage and Google Android devices to your big screen TV. Thanks to the 'My Media' quick-start button on the NeoTV PRIME remote control, you easily access the media player app with the mere push of a button.
"Today, more than ever, consumers have to go back and forth through a number of home theater devices to find the entertainment they want to watch," said Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment at NETGEAR. "With your NeoTV PRIME, you can access apps, live TV programming, and the web through one home theater device that continues to learn as you watch."
NeoTV PRIME with Google TV offers PrimeTime, an app that helps you find and watch your favorite movies and TV shows all in one place, whether they are on live TV, an app, or the web. The remote control has a keyboard that makes it fast and easy to search for the shows that you want. With the press of a button, PrimeTime finds content recommended for you by learning what you like to watch and organizes it so you don't need to scroll through the numerous pages of a live TV guide, or browse different apps to find the right movie.
The Chrome browser offers access to the entire web directly on the TV, while Search enables you to look across multiple sources simultaneously to find your favorite entertainment. Even more, with the picture-in-picture feature, you can surf the web while watching live TV, all at the same time.
Thanks to NeoTV PRIME with Google TV, it's never been easier to watch YouTube on your bigscreen TV. Furthermore, when you update the YouTube mobile app on your Android smartphone or tablet, you will see a new button within the YouTube mobile app making it possible to send videos from your mobile devices to NeoTV PRIME with a single tap. Find a video on the YouTube app for Android, click the TV icon that appears on the app when your Android device and NeoTV PRIME are connected to the same WiFi network, and the video will play instantly.
NeoTV PRIME comes with a two-sided remote control, featuring a touchpad and directional pad on one side and a full-featured QWERTY keyboard on the other, giving you fast and easy control of all your applications and helping you to effortlessly search across the web, apps and television listings.
Pricing and Availability
The NETGEAR NeoTV PRIME with Google TV (GTV100) is available now in the United States from major retailers in stores and online at a suggested retail price of USD $129.99