NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD Wins 2008 PC WORLD 25 Most Innovative Products Award
NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking solutions, today announced that the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) was honored by PC World magazine with a 2008 PC World 25 Most Innovative Products Award. The winners were announced on December 28, 2007 on www.pcworld.com and will also be featured in the February 2008 issue of PC World. The award marks the second year in a row that a NETGEAR product has received a top 10 ranking by PC World. Last year, the NETGEAR ReadyNAS NV+ was named number eight in PC World’s “100 Best Products of 2007 Awards.”
Ranked number six in the list of PC World’s 25 Most Innovative Products, the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD was selected from among hundreds of products in the award program which recognizes both benchmark and breakthrough products that set the standard for innovation with unique qualities that distinguish them from the pack. PC World selected the EVA8000 for being the only streaming-media device that can play protected files in both iTunes and Windows Media formats and also praised its ability to handle 1080p HD video. “NETGEAR’s Internet media player, the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000 ($400) busts through the DRM (digital rights management) wall, and even allows you to check your e-mail and watch YouTube videos on your television,” stated the article. “It makes life easier in a multiple-DRM world.”
“We are truly excited to be named by PC World as one of the top 10 innovative products of the year as our Digital Entertainer HD has been included with a select group of technology products that have fundamentally changed the way that consumers live, work and play,” stated Vivek Pathela, Vice President of Product Marketing at NETGEAR. “The NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD has revolutionized the way that consumers enjoy digital multimedia content in the home by enabling them to stream photos, audio and high-definition videos from their networked computers to the home entertainment center. The Digital Entertainer HD is definitely one of the year’s most innovative products because it easily and intuitively bridges the gap between the stored content on the home computers and the high-end video and audio systems in the home entertainment center enabling consumers to enjoy digital content like never before.”
“These are among the most inventive and trend-setting products available, breaking the traditional boundaries while pushing the limits of technology,” stated Harry McCracken, VP/editor-in-chief of PC World. “These winners help define industry standards and raise the bar for creativity in the future. Congratulations to NETGEAR.”
The Digital Entertainer HD automatically discovers HD movies, TV shows, music files, and personal photos on a home network, across multiple computers, and organizes these into a single media library displayed on a TV without the need for media server software running on the computer. Users of the innovative Digital Entertainer HD can play HD movie downloads, including those from BitTorrent™’s new online marketplace, as well as stream movies and Internet videos to their TV from Web sites such as YouTube. The Digital Entertainer HD also accesses photos directly from Flickr™ without a computer. It enables music lovers to enjoy an improved audio experience by listening to their iTunes libraries and iPod®s on their home theater system. The Digital Entertainer HD even plays Internet radio directly and can access RSS news feeds and NOAA weather and maps.
Using the included remote control, consumers can search their entire media library by multiple criteria including title, actor, date, genre or thumbnail images (from photos, album art or DVD covers). An HDMI port displays video resolution up to 1080p on big-screen TVs and optical digital audio output (TOSLINK) transmits full digital surround sound to the consumers’ digital audio receiver. When the PC has an optional TV tuner installed, consumers can schedule recordings and pause or rewind live broadcasts without the need for an additional DVR device. If there are multiple Digital Entertainer HDs in the home, the “Follow Me” feature enables consumers to pause a video in one room and resume it in another. While in “Party Mode,” they can synchronize music playback for whole-home listening.
The Digital Entertainer HD decodes many leading audio formats (MP3, WAV, WMA, WMA-Pro, FLAC, M4A, AAC, AC3), purchased music from iTunes on Windows (M4P), video formats (MPEG1/2/4, WMV, XviD, H.264, MKV) and image formats (JPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF). It integrates a 10/100Base-T Ethernet controller, support for 802.11g wireless networking, and two USB 2.0 ports. It also supports multiple interoperability standards, including Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP AV), Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) and emerging digital rights management technologies such as Microsoft® Windows Media DRM 10 for Network Devices. It supports several wireless security standards including WEP, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
More information on the award-winning Digital Entertainer HD is available at: http://www.netgear.com/Products/Entertainment/DigitalMediaPlayers/EVA8000.aspx.
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking solutions that address the specific needs of small and medium business and home users. The Company’s product offerings enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. As an ENERGY STAR® partner, NETGEAR offers products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the U.S. government. NETGEAR is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.netgear.com or call (408) 907-8000.
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Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s Digital Entertainer HD, products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR’s Digital Entertainer HD may not met the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers, product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions, new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR’s products, the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology, the impact and pricing of competing products and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Part II - Item 1A. Risk Factors,” pages 27 through 38, in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 9, 2007. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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