Netgear tries its hand at Google TV with NeoTV PRIME; introduces home monitoring and screen mirroring products

It looks like Google will get another name into the Google TV world as Netgear has decided to release a product with the internet TV operating system. The company has announced the NeoTV PRIME, a set-top streaming box that delivers the same Google TV experience we’ve always been used to, except with Netgear’s expertise in media streaming hardware. It’s an exciting marriage that should give Google’s struggling platform a decent boost in conjunction with other OEMs stepping into the fold.

Like most Google TV devices, the NeoTV PRIME comes with a dual-sided remote control — one side will give you traditional video and navigation controls, while the other side houses a mini keyboard for typing. Netgear’s controller is quite nice with dedicated buttons for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu and more.

Netgear makes use of aVia, a media playing app that can find photos, audio and video from any form of digital storage, including your Android phones and tablets. At the end of the day it’s yet another Google TV device, but at $130 it’s worth giving it a shot if you’ve been looking for something quite recent. The device is supposed to be available right now in major retailers across the United States so be sure to check out your local Best Buy or Walmart if you’re interested. Find the full press release below.

That wasn’t all Netgear came to Vegas with, though. The company introduced a night vision add-on camera which is compatible with many of its NeoTV products. The camera can stream its feed to an Android device so you can monitor your couch (or wherever your TV might happen to be pointed at) from afar.

They also introduced the Push 2 TV wireless display adapter, a plug-and-play adapter that’ll allow you to mirror your smartphone, tablet, laptop and more right to your television. It’s not unlike Intel’s WiDi or the proprietary adapters from the likes of Samsung and HTC, but this product is device agnostic so there is a lot more in the compatibility department. Push2TV supports both WiFi and Miracast so if any of your products support these two technologies you’ll be able to stream your screen all the same.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (www.netgear.com), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, announced today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) the new NETGEAR NeoTV® PRIME with Google TV (GTV100) streaming player. As the newest addition to the NETGEAR family of streaming players for connected home theater entertainment, NeoTV PRIME enables you to easily find what you love to watch —whether it’s on live TV, streaming entertainment, apps, or the web— using one small NeoTV player.

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Building on the features of NETGEAR NeoTV, NeoTV PRO and NeoTV MAX family of streaming players, the new NeoTV PRIME with Google TV extends your entertainment experience beyond just streaming video or even basic TV viewing. NeoTV PRIME opens up the world of apps from Google Play, delivering access to a growing library of entertainment including movies, TV shows, and music from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, Crackle, Flixter, Rhapsody, Pandora and many more. Google Play gives you movies and new releases in HD, music albums, and apps designed specifically for the TV.

NeoTV PRIME supports playback of your personal media from external USB hard drives and home media servers. With the pre-installed aVia media player app on NeoTV PRIME, you can play, manage and share your videos, music, and photos from any of your digital storage and Google Android devices to your big screen TV. Thanks to the ‘My Media’ quick-start button on the NeoTV PRIME remote control, you easily access the media player app with the mere push of a button.

“Today, more than ever, consumers have to go back and forth through a number of home theater devices to find the entertainment they want to watch,” said Damir Skripic, product line manager for connected entertainment at NETGEAR. “With your NeoTV PRIME, you can access apps, live TV programming, and the web through one home theater device that continues to learn as you watch.”

NeoTV PRIME with Google TV offers PrimeTime, an app that helps you find and watch your favorite movies and TV shows all in one place, whether they are on live TV, an app, or the web. The remote control has a keyboard that makes it fast and easy to search for the shows that you want. With the press of a button, PrimeTime finds content recommended for you by learning what you like to watch and organizes it so you don’t need to scroll through the numerous pages of a live TV guide, or browse different apps to find the right movie.

The Chromebrowser offers access to the entire web directly on the TV, while Search enables you to look across multiple sources simultaneously to find your favorite entertainment. Even more, with the picture-in-picture feature, you can surf the web while watching live TV, all at the same time.

Thanks to NeoTV PRIME with Google TV, it’s never been easier to watch YouTube on your big-screen TV. Furthermore, when you update the YouTube mobile app on your Android smartphone or tablet, you will see a new button within the YouTube mobile app making it possible to send videos from your mobile devices to NeoTV PRIME with a single tap. Find a video on the YouTube app for Android, click the TV icon that appears on the app when your Android device and NeoTV PRIME are connected to the same WiFi network, and the video will play instantly.

NeoTV PRIME comes with a two-sided remote control, featuring a touchpad and directional pad on one side and a full-featured QWERTY keyboard on the other, giving you fast and easy control of all your applications and helping you to effortlessly search across the web, apps and television listings.

Pricing and Availability

The NETGEAR NeoTV PRIME with Google TV (GTV100) is available now in the United States from major retailers in stores and online at a suggested retail price of USD $129.99.

More Information

Visit www.netgear.com/gtv100 to learn more about NeoTV PRIME with Google TV. For information on other NETGEAR connected entertainment products, please visit www.netgear.com/stream.

NETGEAR launched a number of new WiFi, networking and media streaming products today during a press conference held in conjunction with the opening of CES in Las Vegas. Read the other CES-related announcements from NETGEAR atnetgear.com/about/press-releases/.

About NETGEAR, Inc.

NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail proven, whole home solutions for their customers. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 25,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 40,000 value-added resellers. The company’s headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.

©2013 NETGEAR, Inc.  NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, and NeoTV are registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. Android, Chrome, Google Play, Google TV and YouTube are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google Inc. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holder(s). Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

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  • C-Law

    I use my ps3 for movie and tv services and my phone, tablet, and pc for Internet. My other tv has a panasonic bluray player that can also do all the tv/movie streaming apps. If i really need my pc on my TV, my laptop has an hdmi out. Is there any reason why i would need something like this? I guess it’s the only way to access Google play movies on tv?

    • Brie

      Guests, friends, the stranger down the street? There are many times when I am not the only one in my own home and the laptop maybe occupied with porn. Just good to have an alternative and keep multiple persons entertained, you know the ones not watching porno. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      I wonder how many people actually use their phone to run their TV on a constant basis. I’d say probably less than 1% of 1%. Now, I also wonder how many use or would use something like this. I’d say quite a few more than my earlier number. So if you really can’t figure out what you;d do with that, cool. But for the rest of us, it’s a nice thing to have so that we don’t have to tie up our phones or Tablets running a TV.

      • C-Law

        No i wasn’t making a sarcastic post. I am interested in it, just looking for reasons id use it for. I don’t wanna get it and never end up using it

  • HotInEER

    This is a good way to have these options available in every room. I have a Xbox 360, PS3, and WiiU, Roku, and Vizio Co-star, and they all get used in different rooms. I might check this out to, but the Asus Qube has me more interested.

  • ryan rochford

    this or the Qube….hmmmmm

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

    This might be worth it simply for Amazon Prime. I have a Logitech Revue, but am not that happy with the Raspberry Pi offerings for my bedroom TV… I might just get this and do something else with the Pi and move the Revue into the bedroom and this into the living room…

  • Scott Tompkins

    I love my Revue, but honestly don’t see Google TV getting much traction until you can at least get all the content you can do on a Roku… Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, Plex, and more all on an $80-$100 box is a pretty sweet deal… only time I bounce back to the Revue (aside from the companion aspect it serves for my live TV) is for the couple movies I’ve bought for my son on his Nexus 7… It’s silly to me that a company liike Google can’t secure the same content that a company a fraction of the size can… I really WANT to stay on Google TV, but Google needs to invest in the platform a little bit.

  • VI

    We need a bake-off between the Asus and Netgear. Asus has had great update history with their products, but video of the qube in action has been disappointing.

  • Mr. JacKaL

    I really think google TV is the way to go whether its the cube or this…..its just the potential of apps that really attracts me. for intance, what is to say roku will adapt redbox instant video streaming, I highly doubt it…whereas with Google TV, the app is already in the Play store, so it’d be a matter of pushing it on the GTV side……furthermore, with GTV, the app developer can push an update probably directly to our devices, whereas with Roku, that’s not possible; it’d have to be Roku pushing updates..which maybe slower or go unsupported after a couple years..

    Now the question is between Cube (Google Endorsed) or Netgear. Well I’d say I would be better off with a Google branded product to guarantee I get the latest firmware when it hits the market. Dont know how often Netgear will keep pushing it. I can tell you that Asus really stands behind their slogan “Persistent Perfection”, because from the two Asus devices I have, Asus Prime tablet and ASUS RT-N16 router, they both are still pushing the latest updates..heck the router was released in 2009 and the latest firmware is Nov 17, 2012 (6th update just in 2012)….I’d say that’s “Persistent Perfection”….

  • Shawn_Locke

    I’d prefer it more if those dedicated buttons (Netflix, YouTube, etc) were PROGRAMMABLE instead of permanent.