Blog Post

YouTube HD on a Big TV (via Netgear)

Stay on Top of Enterprise Technology Trends

Get updates impacting your industry from our GigaOm Research Community
Join the Community!

Netgear threw a press event last night to show off some of the products it will be debuting at CES next month. Among them was its new set-top box, the EVA 9000 Digital Entertainer Elite, which, to my pleasant surprise, can stream HD YouTube videos to an actual HD TV.

How does it look? Awesome. Take a look for yourself. (The demo of YouTube kicks in around the 1:50 mark)

Watching YouTube HD on a big screen, you get a glimpse at YouTube’s future: premium content from networks and studios delivered straight to your TV sans any cable provider. And it makes you realize why the company reversed its position on pre-rolls as they will look just like commercials on a big screen and probably be more tolerated since people will be in their living rooms.

Beyond YouTube, the Netgear box can manage your BitTorrents as well as other video content on your network, and streams other web video like podcasts and such. It currently doesn’t stream Netflix content, but the Netgear rep didn’t rule that out as a possibility. The Digital Entertainer Elite will ship in the first quarter of next year and will be priced at $399. By Netgear’s own admission, the Digital Entertainer Elite is more for the tech-savvy, early adopter, not your average Roku user.

39 Responses to “YouTube HD on a Big TV (via Netgear)”

  1. I love watching HDTV channels on YouTube in High Definition on either my big DELL LCD monitor or my huge 32-inch Samsung HDTV via PlayStation 3 browser!

    I like what YouTube is doing – make the world of video HD!

  2. Chris – an expensive solution to an inexpensive problem. I’ve been watching YouTube on my HDTV for a while now. All you need is your PC and an inexpensive cable:

    The problem with HD over the Internet is the Internet. Even watching SD video isn’t always free of stopping, buffering or dragging.