Philips Prestigo SRU8008 Universal Remote Control
We’ll admit it, there are other companies that make remote controls. We decided to try one this week. The Prestigo 8008 is a cool remote with a color screen, but how does it stack up to the entry level Harmony 510? Excellent question.
To get the Prestigo all set you go through and add devices one at a time. Using the jog wheel, for each device you spin until you find the manufacturer. Then press some buttons so it can figure out which of the manufacturer’s codes to use and that device is set. You come back later to set up activities. After doing this for a while, you realize how simple a mouse and keyboard really are.
brite-View CinemaTube Review
We had a chance this week to take a look at the CinemaTube from brite-View. It’s a network media player that supports full 1080p/60 video and Dolby Digital and DTS audio, so it’s right up our alley. After all, who wants to stream video if you can’t get it in high def?
There is updated firmware on the website, so they recommend you apply that before using the player, but that’s just as easy. Simply download a couple files to a USB drive, plug the drive into the CinemaTube and select the ’software update’ menu option. The whole procedure takes three minutes tops.
When you get down to it, the menu interface for playback is really just directory browsing, so you have to make sure your shared libraries are organized efficiently. But brite-View has done alot to make the overall appearance and interactivity much more than just a folder browser. There are some nice icons and even a preview window. Any video you browse to plays in the preview window, so you can get a quick taste before hitting play. Very nice.
Video playback is solid as well. We played everything from Internet video content to 1080p movie clips and they all looked as good as we would have expected. There isn’t much you can do with some of those Internet videos on a big 1080p screen. Overall we didn’t have a single problem with playback – even FF and Rew worked as expected.
Video content can come from a USB drive plugged into the back of the unit, from a computer or NAS on the network, or from a DLNA server. As a DLNA player, the CinemaTube will connect to your PlayOn server for direct access to CBS, ESPN, Hulu, Amazon VOD, Netflix and YouTube. We had some issues with Hulu from PlayOn, but we’ve had issues with PlayOn on the PS3 as well, so there’s no evidence it was the CinemaTube’s fault.
This nifty little player also takes advantage of your live network connection to work as a torrent downloader. So while you’re busy during the day not watching video at home, the CinemaTube can be busy working to get you more content to watch. You’ll need to connect a drive so it has somewhere to download the content to.
“It supports multiple Video formats including VCD 1.0/2.0, SVCD, MPEG1 (DAT/MPG/MPEG), MPEG2 (MPG/MPEG/VOB/ISO/IFO/TS/TP)/M2TS, MPEG4 (MP4/AVI/MOV) , DivX 3/4/5/6, Xvid (AVI/MKV), H.264/AVC (TS/AVI/MKV/MOV)/M2TS, VC-1 (TS/AVI/MKV/WMV)/M2TS, WMV9 (WMV), FLV, Real Video 8/9/10 (RM/RMVB * up to 720p); multiple Audio formats including DTS and Dolby Digital.
It supports ISO files, so you can navigate the DVD menu and watch your video as if there was a regular DVD!”
brite-View CinemaTube MSRP $129.99, currently $114.99 w/free shipping.
Posted by The HT Guys, October 15, 2009 11:06 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.