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NETGEAR® Digital Entertainer HD Wins Coveted MAXIMUM PC "KICKASS" Award


NETGEAR, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, today announced that its Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) was honored by Maximum PC with its prestigious “Kickass” product award designation. In the article which appears in the September 2007 issue of Maximum PC, the EVA8000 was praised for its convenience, sleek design and versatility.

“We like NETGEAR’s EVA8000 – a lot,” wrote Michael Brown, Executive Editor of Maximum PC, in the article. “Its industrial design fits in with the rest of our AV gear, its user interface is as elegant and polished as it is easy to use, it supports resolutions up to 1080p with an HDMI port, and that’s just the beginning. The EVA8000’s excellent user interface makes streaming content from the Internet stupid-simple.”

The Maximum PC “Kickass” Award follows on the heels of the distinguished “Best Buy” award bestowed on NETGEAR’s EVA8000 in the August 2007 issue of PC World. Beating out six other digital media receivers including Apple TV, the Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) was the only device to attain a “Very Good” rating based on performance, versatility, features, and ease of use.

“The recognition of the Digital Entertainer HD as a ”Kick Ass“ product by Maximum PC is exciting to NETGEAR as it validates the extensive efforts of our development team to create a ”Must Have“ HD Audio / Video component for every HDTV owner,” explained Jamison Ching, Product Line Manager, Digital Media at NETGEAR. “To differentiate the EVA8000 from other A/V streaming products in the market, we knew that we had to make it easy to install, give it an attractive, easy-to-navigate interface, enable it to stream the widest variety of photo, video and audio formats, and display brilliant high-definition video at up to 1080p resolution. The Maximum PC award recognizes the strength of the EVA8000 in all of these areas and more.”

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 HD 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, 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) 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.


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