We know smart TVs are all the rage right now but you don’t need to rush out and buy a new set. You can actually get all of the functionality from an increasing selection of inconspicuous media player boxes. The latest entrant is the NTV200S NeoTV Pro from Netgear, that will surely put some pressure on the current incumbent, the Roku.
The NeoTV Pro streaming player comes loaded with 10/100 ethernet, built-in Wi-Fi 300 Mbps (802.11 b/g/n), HDMI video out and the ability to stream up to 1080p video and 5.1 surround sound from a variety of online sources like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, YouTube and Pandora. Similar to previous Netgear offerings, you can additionally install a suite of apps and games, including Facebook and Twitter.
There’s also support for Intel WiDi so you can wirelessly mirror the screen of a compatible laptop onto your television — for WiDi compatibility you should be looking for an Intel Core processor backed by a Centrino N wireless chip.
The NeoTV Pro does come with a standard remote, but you can also get the free NeoTV remote control app for your iOS or Android device. The most interesting part? You can get all this now for just $69.99.