US based networking equipment manufacturer, NetGear will soon be introducing its own wireless media streaming dongle to the market. The device will be introduced with a few more advantages so that it competes well with the already existing Chromecast.
The company is launching the NeoMediacast NTV300D which is the size of a large USB pen drive which can be plugged directly in to the HDMI port of the TV. The users will be able to stream online though 802.11 ac, Wi Fi or media from their Android devices through Bluetooth 4.0. The device will also be having a Micro USB port and a micro SD card slot for the users to plug their physical storage in to.
The company is aiming to position the device as a set top box replacement which the service providers can provide to the subscribers. The software of the dongle can be customized with the help of Android SDK and has raised the possibility that the content or distribution companies can use it as a gateway to their own media streaming services.
Netgear released a press statement which said, “With NeoMediacast, service providers can develop and operate a complete media streaming solution that supports their multi-screen video initiatives, where quick time-to-market is critical.’’ The Neomedia cast cannot be sold directly to the consumers. NetGear says that their device will be available from the first half of 2014.
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