Netgear brings Youtube to the living room

Netgear at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has unveiled a new media adapter that allows users to access Youtube videos on a regular television. Using the Youtube application programming interface (API) that Youtube has made available to developers, the device allows users to browse the most popular Youtube videos using a remote control. They can also search for videos and select users whose videos they want to track.

The Digital Entertainer HD is the first device that makes Youtube videos available on a television, claimed Netgear's vice president of product marketing Vivek Pathela. In addition to accessing Youtube content, the device also allows users to play digital music files, including music purchased from the iTunes store and that is protected by Apple's Fairplay digital rights management (DRM) technology. Streaming iTunes content is available only for legally acquired content on computers running Windows.

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i wonder how they manage to play iTunes DRM content? Is this the only device to do this(until apple's iTV is released...)?

bobbba said,
i wonder how they manage to play iTunes DRM content? Is this the only device to do this(until apple's iTV is released...)?

I was wondering the same thing. Does this mean Apple have licensed their Fairplay DRM to third parties? :huh:

[EDIT] Looks like Apple have not licensed to third parties. Just read the article in full.

Using the YouTube API that the company has made available to developers, the device allows users to browse the most popular YouTube videos using a remote control.

They can also search for videos and select users whose videos they want to track.

Netgear's Digital Entertainer HD is the first device that makes YouTube videos available on a television, according to Vivek Pathela, vice president of product marketing at the company.

In addition to accessing YouTube content, the device allows users to play digital music files, including tracks purchased from iTunes which are protected by Apple's FairPlay DRM technology.

Streaming iTunes content is available only for legally acquired content on computers running Windows.

FairPlay is remarkable because Apple does not support its DRM on third-party appliances. The company claims that proprietary technology allows it to transfer the music, but declined to provide any details.

One possible way to transfer music would be to stream the actual audio signal from iTunes directly to the media adapter, thereby evading the DRM.

The adapter also acts as an interface to play video content downloaded from the internet, including high-definition content.

It can record and play television shows, but this service requires a PC with a TV tuner running Windows Media Center Edition.

The recordings can be stored either on the computer's hard drive or on an external hard drive attached directly to the adapter through a USB connection.

Streaming high-definition content requires users to build a network using the pre-release 802.11n standard or nascent Ethernet over Powerline technology.

The device also offers Ethernet and regular Wi-Fi connections, and is slated for availability later this quarter and will retail at $349.

Big deal, I was able to do this a long time via my ordinary Netgear router Xbox running XBMC and Youtube python script over my Netgear built network :P

wow, watching youtube video's on my tv!!!!!! how coool!!!!

not

the quality is bad enough on my pc when it's windowed, i wouldn't want to watch it full screen

If you are on an HDTV then yeah, it is probably horrid.

However, I think you may be surprised how well it will look on a standard definition television. Or rather, I bet you would be surprised how crappy standard definition television looks on your high resolution PC monitor!

They've spent money on doing something completely useless, most of the people who watch youtube are teenagers who don't care whether they can play it on the television or not, they'd rather sit in front of a computer screen watching videos speaking with their friends on wlm, they obviously haven't looked at the likely consumers of youtube.

On top of this, people who buy music on iTunes are likely to own iPods themselves, so why sit in front of a television listening to music when you can listen to it on your computer or on your iPod?

S-T-U-P-I-D.

you seem to be missing the point, it probably cost them almost nothing to add youtube support and it gives their set top box something that the competition does not have. Given the growing hype around youtube it's good marketing to get your product linked to it as well.

As for iTunes, this box allows you to take your music(and your photo's and your films...) away from your computer and into your lounge where you can enjoy them in comfort without the headphones and battery life that you get with an iPod.

Try using your imagination S-T-U-P-I-D! :P

great, now i can watch blurry videos of stupid teens and preteens doing pointless things.

although there is some great content on there.

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