Netgear is shipping its Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) device in the US, just as Apple begins to ship its Apple TV.
Similar in size to a standard DVD player, the Digital Entertainer device will be available worldwide in the second quarter of 2007, Netgear confirmed.
Digital Entertainer HD is a cross-platform device for streaming digital content over home 802.11n networks to HD home entertainment systems.
The $399 system works with Windows and Mac, network storage devices, and USB media devices and can stream media from sites such as YouTube and Flickr. It will play movies acquired at BitTorrent's new online film marketplace.
Additional features include support for Windows Media Connect and the capacity to stream many unprotected file formats from Macs and Linux computers, flash drives and iPods.
It can play internet radio stations and access RSS news feeds and NOAA weather and maps. It comes with a remote control.
The solution automatically discovers HD movies, TV shows, music files, and photos available to a home network, across multiple computers. It organises these into a single media library displayed on the TV with no need for media server software running on the computer.