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Dane-Elec Enters Media Streamer Arena

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Dane-Elec Enters Media Streamer Arena

While almost every company now makes a netbook (expect that to include nettop soon) it seems the latest 'me too' category is TV media players but first impressions of Dane-Elec's debut entry suggest it is here to do more than make up the numbers...

The 'SO G-Stream' is aimed squarely at the WD TV for two reasons: 1, it sits in the same price bracket and 2, it's based on the same third party chipset. Consequently what you'll find is a hugely flexible unit which can hook up to a TV via HDMI or composite ports and accepts content via USB or MemoryStick, SD and MMC cards. There's also the same mass of codec support including *deep breath*:

IFO, VOB, DAT, AVI, MPG, MPEG-2, TS HD DivX, ISO, MKV, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG, AC3, MP4, JPG, JPEG and BMP.

So where are the differences? On the one hand the SO G-Stream plays back 720p and 1080i but not 1080p which is surprising since the WD TV handles 1080p with ease. The SO G-Stream also doesn't support album art or recognise audio file tags which again seems strange given the WD TV does so I'd expect a firmware update to fix this.

More positively however Dane-Elec's real differentiator is the inclusion of WiFi which means you can stream content around your network. It is limited to 802.11g which is slightly surprising given 802.11n makes a far better job of streaming HD content over greater distances but it certainly adds another string to its bow. There's also an Ethernet port if you'd prefer a more fixed connection. Swings and roundabouts...

The Dane-Elec SO G-Stream goes on sale now for approximately £90 which makes it only marginally more expensive than the WD TV and it makes for an interesting alternative. That said, with a WD TV 2 also said to be in the works this looks like one industry sector that's going to become jam packed with good products.

Update: Expansys is currently listing the SO G-Stream for £77. Quids in!

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Kinn

July 11, 2009, 6:16 am

Is it possible to get something like this with a DVD drive? Or maybe attach an external one to one of these?

iwasanerdd

July 11, 2009, 11:52 pm

@Kinn


I have just gotten an Xtreamer device, also I have a tvix6500, and use my ps3 for some viewing, the xtreamer is the best &#8364120.00 euros I have spent in a long time, google it.

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