Cable Show 2012
Each year cable industry people meet to discuss topics like multi-screen video services, cloud-based business applications, and innovations in personalized content delivery. The Cable show is like CES for cable operators. On today’s show we’ll discuss a few items that may have impact on your HDTV experience.
TV shows that aren’t coming back next year
by Thomas Benton
The remote control is small and fits in your hand very easy. It has 4 preset buttons for quick access for Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, and YouTube. There are direction arrows, a select button, back, home, and a options (depends on the app) buttons.
There is a remote control app for Android and iOS. I have the Android app and it is like the remote but does not have preset buttons for the quick app selection. The app does not allow for typing to fill in on screen text. You have to use the on screen keyboard that pops up on the TV.
The unit itself has a smooth black finish and measures 4.8 x 4.6 x 1.1 inches (124 x 117 x 27 mm) and weighs 6.5 oz. (180g). It looks similar to the AppleTV, Roku, and NeoTV set top boxes.
The coolest feature I have seen so far is the Mydlink which is a DIY home video system. You have to download the software from their mydlink site. You can also download an app for iOS and Android devices (check your app stores). This feature allows you to access video feeds from supported D-Link cameras on your MovieNite box.
Would I say the price point of $48 is a great low budget price only if you wanted to just watch movies. For right now there is no way to add or delete the apps you want so you are stuck with what D-Link gives you. I would say its a great buy for someone starting out in online media streaming but not for someone who is wanting to cut the cord. This device is great as a spare in a guest bedroom unit.
Posted by The HT Guys, May 24, 2012 11:08 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.