There's really just one reason to spend $50 on the Netgear NeoTV Streaming Player: It may be the cheapest way to get full 1080p streaming from Netflix and other services to your HDTV. That said, it's far from perfect, with a cumbersome user interface, and limited connectivity options; if you have an older HDTV, or are out of HDMI ports, forget about connecting it to your set. If you need more flexibility, and don't need 1080p, you'll get more options with Roku's similarly priced LT and HD models. If you want the flexibility and full HD, the Roku 2 XD is available for about $80. But for 1080p on the cheap, the NeoTV will do the job, as long as you can live with its other limitations.
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