Iomega ScreenPlay Director HD Media Player - Iomega ScreenPlay Director

By Hugo Jobling



Our Score:


Such comprehensive format support is hardly unique, but it is good to see nothing important missing. There shouldn't be any problems in finding a suitable output connection either. The ScreenPlay Director sports the obligatory HDMI port, which is accompanied by Component and Composite video outputs and, using an adaptor, an RGB SCART connector. An optical S/PDIF audio port rounds out the array nicely.

Since the ScreenPlay Director is a media streaming device, it's hardly surprising to see it equipped with an Ethernet port. Strangely, this is only a 100/10Mbit interface, so if you happen to have any files with a greater than 12.5MB/s bit-rate (including audio, remember), you'll find playback just a bit jittery. Still, if streaming doesn't work there are three USB ports to connect an external drive to. One of the USB ports can be used with an optional 802.11n or 802.11b/g adaptor if you fancy adding Wi-Fi streaming to the player's list of abilities.

The menu system is as uncomplicated as you could want, with large, easy to read text and helpful graphics aiding navigation. It's simple and effective, providing access to all the functions you might need without making you jump through hoops to find them.

The remote control's layout is well-considered with logically laid out buttons and quick shortcuts to the menus you're likely to be visiting frequently. There are a number of controls on the device itself, too.

Similarly positive is playback quality. Standard definition content isn't ever going to look spectacular on a large HD television, but the ScreenPlay Director does an admirable job of upscaling it - it's not as good as a PS3, but that's a much more expensive proposition. YouTube videos look expectedly naff, but that's hardly Iomega's fault.

High definition playback leaves nothing wanting. Predictably, output quality is dependant on the quality of the input source. A 2GB 1080p video is hardly going to match up to a Blu-ray, but feed in a decent bit-rate source and I'd defy most viewers to notice the difference between the original and compressed encodes without really looking for it.


The Iomega ScreenPlay Director comes equipped with a decent amount of storage space for your HD content and couples it with comprehensive format support without taking liberties with the pricing. You can't say fairer than that.


March 17, 2010, 12:02 pm

You can get an Acer Revo for £130 at the moment, with the added flexibility I'm not sure why you'd would get one of these instead.


March 17, 2010, 1:31 pm

This looked interesting until I noticed the mention of only a 10/100 ethernet port. As well as streaming restrictions, this makes transferring files on to the drive painfully slow. The price differential of putting a gigabit port on there can't be *that* great, can it?


March 17, 2010, 6:36 pm

Probably a stupid question, but does the inclusion of Composite cables and connectors imply that I can plug this into a standard CRT TV? So even if I'm watching a 1080p MKV, it will scale it and display ok on a non-HD tv?


March 18, 2010, 1:01 am

For the love of god PLEASE PLEASE can we have some screenies, it is massively important, more important that the shell, especially as some media players appear to still be using DOS 2.1.


March 18, 2010, 5:35 pm

@Hugo/TR Please take note of hank's comment as it's very justified especially when you appear to provide screen shots for other Media Players reviewed. Consistency is in the review format is important to us your avid readers for comparing like for like. Even the poor ViewSonic VMP30 got at least 1 screen shot, and the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player got it's own Vid Review.

I personally would happy see more of these as they are a perfect method of delivering a brief summary of the product highs and lows and can be used to get across the joy or lack of in using the products UI. Pictures and Vid highlights provide the reader with the ability to make their own mind up rather than having to rely on a very limited coverage of the user interface as was the case here.


March 18, 2010, 7:19 pm

Hi guys. Sorry screenshots weren't included in this review. We normally do try and include them but it seems they were missed from this one. We will certainly make a point of including them from now on. Unfortunately, this particular model has now gone back to the manufacturer so we can't provide them. Best, Ed.

Technology changes, and so sho

March 19, 2010, 1:10 am

I have a TV with a YouTube client built in. I bought a Revo 3610 because it allows me to stream video from my NAS and searches of YouTube through a proper web browser yield significantly different results from those of mobile devices and embedded devices.

Which category does this player fit in? Does it find all videos available on YouTube, or only a nobbled selection?

Also, how easy is it to enter searches? On my TV it was painfully slow.

Ian 22

March 21, 2010, 4:26 pm

Having just bought one of these my observations :

- The interface is a fairly boring text/icon based menu. standard up/down/left/right navigation, but functional.

- The 10/100 ethernet is a limitation. It takes 10 minutes to copy a DVD to the device, so I bypass the network and use the USB. (I think using a wireless USB will resolve this)

- The remote is very directional. You need to point it directly at the device.

- Many of my ripped DVDs (I own the originals), play on my PC, but not on the device, so it looks like its codecs support is limited.

Iomega should consider some sort of 'codec update utility' , to allow the device to obtain the latest codecs from the internet.


April 11, 2010, 12:32 am

Can you use this to record off sky + and if so is it easy ?

john 63

September 8, 2010, 12:37 am

I bought one of these 2 days ago, the picture quality of the blue rays was exelent. I thought as good as the PS3. The main problem is that it doesn't play DTS audio, which is proably the most common audio around at the moment. If anyone knows of a HD Media Converter With the picture as good as this one and also has AC3 and DTS audio playback capabilitys I would love to know where I can get one.

I dont think it can be used to record from sky+ tumble, Atleast I haven't seen any record button on mine.


September 30, 2010, 11:27 pm

The main gripe I have is that if I copy my DVDs to this it pauses between each section rather than playing the film as a single file. The only other option I can think of is using DivX or similar to create a single file, something I'd rather not do. Other than that it fulfils my basic needs of not having to get off my rear end to pick a film to watch when the TV/Sky is uninspiring...


December 14, 2010, 1:37 am

I am sorry but I have to disagree with your review, it is supposed to connect to You tube, but it disconnects when you choose a channel. You are supposed to be able to watch DVD from the IFO file, but you cannot, you have to convert DVD to iso to play it as a single file. Most movies freeze up three or four times requiring a reboot. Even the Boot up time is obscene. This is a horrible devise for streaming from your PC to TV. May be usefull as a external HD though.


January 26, 2011, 8:27 pm


I also feel that the codec support is not exhaustive as the review suggests. It certainly does not play wmv files. Is this something which is available in a upgrade ??

It does hang / freeze quite a lot where u need to disconnect power and reboot. Reboot is slow.

Someone asked about using a CRT TV, yes, u can. Just use the Yellow (Composite) video cable (and Red and White audio cables) to play it directly on TV. I have also used the HDMI cable to connect to the Home theater.



August 31, 2011, 7:09 am

is there any easy way of putting movies from your laptop onto the media player. i find my laptop doesnt read the usb cable. is there something u have to do first????

Mauro Anderson

March 10, 2013, 12:38 am

the screen play director is best


November 3, 2013, 1:18 pm

I have one of these media drives, the 1TB version, very slow to boot up, about 2 minutes with 500gb of files on it, remote has to be pointed directly at the unit, so much so you have to actually aim it, even slighty off the thing wont work, never had a remote this fussy about aim at the machine, , the director software on pc never worked and would not find the drive when it was connected so had to open it via my computer like a regualr drive and copy files on it that way, , now it wont work on the sony tv it has been working on for a year, seems like it wont come out of pc mode, so i am now using it as a backup dirve on my pc as is no good as a media drive, i read a mix of reports before buying one, should have listened to the bad ones as i got just what they were moaning about, ....a very poor show from a trusted brand like iomega,,,,

Robert McNamara

February 23, 2017, 10:07 pm

Need The Iomega Screenplay Director Manuel Don`t Remember How It Works

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