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Netgear NeoTV 550
Sigma 8642 based player that promises everything including BD menus and full lossless HD audio.

A key omission for some people will be no internal HDD, otherwise the 550 has a great interface and does everything that the other leading 864x players can do, but at a more reasonable price. Early firmware versions were buggy but there has been steady improvement. The NeoTV 550 offers a lot of power for the price.

Netgear NeoTV 550
Specification Summary

Launch Date December 2010 2494 days ago
Country USA
Ranking 99/824   ? 
Player Type Media Player (Sigma)
Chipset Family Sigma 864x (2009)   ? 
Chipset Model Sigma 8642 @ 0.67Ghz Single Core
Chipset Rating 3 /5   ? 
Storage eSATA (1) USB (2) SD
Network 10/100 Optional Wi-Fi(n)  ? 
Size 432 x 254 x 38mm   Fan No
Video Outputs HDMI Composite
Audio Outputs HDMI Stereo Analog TOSLINK
DVD ISO Yes   Blu-Ray ISO Yes
XBMC No   ? 
HD Audio DTS DmixTrueHD DmixDTS-HD MA Dmix
DTS PassTrueHD PassDTS-HD MA Pass   ? 
Page last updated: 31-May-13
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Netgear NeoTV 550 Discussion

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There are 30 comments
Fattie
August 20, 2012 - 09:00

Dear friends -- can the Netgear unit play a .dv file?

It's really hard to find a player that plays raw .dv files - thanks for any info on this. Cheers, JOHN

lapettie – Australia
August 17, 2012 - 14:03

I cannot recommend you buy this media streamer. My NeoTV 550 failed just outside of warranty. When it did work I spent more time disconnecting the power cable all the time to stop this unit from freezing all the time. Now this piece of crap will not boot correctly - orange front light continues to flash all the time no picture - have tried every thing to try & get this media player to boot correctly. Have latest firm ware installed.

looks like I have to buy a different media streamer again - I will never buy a Netgear product again. I hate it when companies sell products that fail to operate & is unreliable electronically within a short time frame. TERRIBLE PRODUCT NOT RECOMMENDED TO BUY

Maurice – Toronto
October 29, 2011 - 22:57

Bought from BHPhoto - big price drop. Updated the firmware to 3.2.16 and plugged a fast USB flash drive to the rear port for cache. Found my shared drives without any problem. Seems to have less file compatibility issues than the WD Live. BD menus work but has long pauses when loading. Does not play video clips created from my Canon SX110is camera. Plays everything else I've thrown at it so far. Have had to unplug to reboot a few times - will show directory on network drive but says there are no videos in those directories. Tried everything - only rebooting works. Seems to work stably from attached USB drives.

DumpsterJedi – US
August 29, 2011 - 10:35

Its September now and still no Netflix. LOL. Glad I ditched mine but I am also glad that people who have it are happy with but I still find its performance drastically inferior to the top competitors. The only thing it had is BD support but I watch all my HD as mkv so that is not so useful to me.

I don't understand people who love this UI. Particularly for folder browsers it is confusing and has very few files per page to show. The scrolling is sloooow and the response to remote is sluggish, and yes i have very fast cache drives connected. Many cool remote features Ill give that but awkward layout and contrary to some others it has VERY spotty xvid/divx abilities. I had to reboot this thing more than any other player.

Mulox – Atlanta, GA
August 07, 2011 - 16:10

I have been using the player for about 9 months now. Overall I love this player, plays all audio formats I need, .mkv, BD iso, nice menu, etc. This is what frustrated me about my Popcorn Hour A110.

The main reason I bought it was for BD iso support, which it did fairly well, however I still had a lot of stuttering. I tried putting a class 10 SD card in it to use as a cache/buffer, but it did not help (I think that is only used for BD Live). I never saw anywhere in the menu where I could specifically setup a performance cache, even on my media pc.

However, with the release of their latest patch on July 22, there seem to be a lot of enhancements and one of them is on BD playback, which no longer stutters! I wonder if they are caching automatically now, or if the SD card I setup for BD Live cache awhile back is somehow now being leveraged for general playback performance?

Only 1 complaint on this unit, but it might be my network setup, and not the unit itself. I use the Browse Folders method exclusively, and about once every 5-6 times I sit down to use it, I get a permissions error "cannot access media-pc" and I have to reboot my pc, and/or the neotv.

Maksa
July 30, 2011 - 03:03

May I use the NeoTV 550 for downloading files via BitTorrent (on memory card or external HDD)?
Is there build in wireless wi -fi module or one should use USB wi-fi dongle?

Doc FX – USA - FL.
July 16, 2011 - 01:20

I think the other reason people (Including myself) love this player is that, for the most part, it does what it says. It plays Blu-Ray .iso files as if there is an actual disc drive attached . If it's slow add a 2, 4 or 8GB usb drive or SD Card to the front port and assign it as the buffer/cache drive. This works for me and speeds the over all performance of the unit up. Even my BD-Live features buffer and run faster! (Even over LAN) . Plus for $160. Vs $250+ in this economy, you really cant go wrong with this player. One last thing..every file format I've thrown at it has played with no freezing or reboots. I think some people here just look for the most strange, weird and non-standard formats to watch things in. I don't need to be THAT different, I just want my shit to work. This player works very well. ...and that's all I have to say about that

whammo
May 23, 2011 - 10:38

i think one reason this unit is preferred to many other players (even with better chipsets) is that the GUI doesn't look like it was created by a 7-year-old.

craigypoos
April 16, 2011 - 12:23

has no heatsink on sigma chip so probably short lifespan

Reply to craigypoos
Jason Thomas – New York City
February 07, 2013 - 15:20

Sigma Chips are the highest level technology on the planet and never will need a heat sink, they just run cool, you get what you pay for.

DumpsterJedi – US
April 14, 2011 - 10:30

Why is this thing so highly rated? Its pretty crappy. Slow as hell and difficult to use. vs Pop A200 or boxee is falls flat on its plastic arse.

blade4246 – USA
March 25, 2011 - 05:09

Hello, does it support rmvb file? thanks.

Dopus
February 04, 2011 - 16:08

Very good when it works. There are still some bugs that need to be fixed. But its good player with a fast navigation interface.
It supports Blue ray menues from blue ray folders or iso files. It support HD audio bitstreaming over HDMI. It supports most video and audio formats. FLAC is supported,HD audio bitstreaming in MKV files is supported. And did I say its FANLESS....quiet
There is talk about some future firmware might come with CINEAVIA. They did not state that Cineavia was a part of the deal when i bought mine back in desember.

whammo – prague
January 24, 2011 - 12:13

i purchased one of these units and am returning it after 10 days, for a few reasons. one, the build is not as high quality/sturdy as i expected. two, it does not have built-in wifi capability, and the only way to get it is to buy another netgear product/attachment for about USD 50 additional. very awkward solution. third, although it allegedly allows music folders to be viewed as jpeg/album covers, it recognizes only a fraction of what my 3-year-old wdtv did. fourth, i have noticed stuttering with far more movie files (avi, divx) than with my old wdtv player. fifth, it freezes up too frequently, requiring it to be completely unplugged before it will reboot.

there are several good things about this player, but for the money, i expected more. i will probably go back to one of the newer wdtv models.

Dimitris
January 04, 2011 - 11:05

The Player does not support greek subs neither external nor embedded

The player also does not support flac

sfroach – Tucson AZ USA
December 22, 2010 - 06:15

the NeoTV 550 does NOT have stereo left/right audio RCA outputs it only has S/PDIF TOSLink & HDMI outputs

Reply to sfroach
iboum
December 22, 2010 - 09:43

The 3.5mm AV out port splits to left/right stereo audio with the correct cable.

JT
December 17, 2010 - 06:03

Looks pretty good, but ogg and gif are not supported?? WTF?

Mtz – Romania
December 03, 2010 - 06:56

Overrated player. Just few people had this model when added and voted on iboum. Using almost same case as the latest routers.

Bill – USA
December 01, 2010 - 14:35

Now available for pre-order:
Amazon.com @ US$169.99 -
tinyurl.com

OR at Frys.com (same price)
tinyurl.com

Hmm, looks like a close battle of Dunes vs Netgear NeoTV 550 with the latter leading on price. Probably can throw in PCH A-210 to keep it interesting!!

Ilkka – Helsinki
November 20, 2010 - 18:38

electrical retailer GiganttiGigantti has this preorder price 129 euro Gigantti

Reply to Ilkka
JGBMix – Italy
November 21, 2010 - 16:06

To Ilkka: do you know if they sell also to europe (Italy) ??
Thanks!

Reply to Ilkka
tsaabia – Budapest
November 25, 2010 - 00:05

Yeah! It would be nice to let us know about international shipping, Hungary perhaps?

Maxime
November 17, 2010 - 11:34

...Not so open actualy :

Subtitle Formats : SRT, SMI, SSA, SUB, TXT, DVD, PGS

It seems it has a kind of control over the subtitles.

play2fast – USA
November 13, 2010 - 20:27

The USA doesn't show as available on the Acetrax website.

Dan
August 26, 2010 - 10:55

Confirmed as Sigma 8642 chip on avforums.

Reply to Dan
iboum
August 26, 2010 - 11:02

Thanks.

whammo – prague
August 26, 2010 - 09:34

i was wondering if this player (or any in the list, actually) offers the option of "doctoring" subtitles -- changing size/color, fixing synch issues, etc.

Reply to whammo
Maxime – France
October 27, 2010 - 09:57

Hello,
The "personnalized" subtitles are somehow in the ASS/SSA format.
en.wikipedia.org
Wether NeoTV 550 support that is an open question (AFAIK)...

Reply to whammo
Boboy – Philippines
May 03, 2011 - 12:11

ACRyan PlayOn does have the option of "doctoring" subtitles -- changing size/color. I used yellow, it's easier to read.

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Detailed Specification
Max Resolution1080p
Box TypeSigma
Chipset FamilySigma 864x (2009)
Chipset ModelSigma 8642
Cores1
Chipset Ghz0.67
GPU
RAM (GB)
Flash Memory (GB)
Internal HDD
HDD Num
USB Host2
USB Slave
USB Version
SD1
SD Card TypeSD
eSATA1
Other Storage
File Systems
UPnPYes
DLNAYes
Network ProtocolsSamba, NFS
Wired Network10/100
Wireless Network Optional Wi-Fi(n)
HDMI1
Component Video
Composite Video1
HDMI Version1.3a
Audio/Video Other
Stereo L/R Audio1
S/PDIF TOSLink1
S/PDIF Coaxial
AV Recording
AV Inputs
Video Formats (Codecs)H.264 HP@L4.1 to 1080p, VC1 MP@HL, AP@L3, WMV 7/8/9, MPEG-2 MP@HL to 1080p, MPEG-4 Part 2 ASP@L5 to 10 Mbps (Xvid), MPEG1/2/4 SD, H.263
Video Extensions (Containers)AVI, Xvid, MOV, MP4,MPEG2-PS, MPEG2-TS, DVD ISO/VOB/IFO,MKV, ASF, AVCHD, DivX, WMV, M4A, M2TS,MTS, MP1, MP2, MPG, DVR-MS Auto 24fps support
Audio Formats (Codecs)MP3 up to 320 Kbps or variable bit rate (VBR), WMA8 and WMA9 up to 192 Kbps or variable bit rate (VBR), WMAPro, AAC, FLAC (to 5.1, 192Khz), PCM/LPCM/WAV (to 5.1, 192Khz), MKA
Audio Extensions (Containers)
Image FormatsJPEG, BMP, PNG, TIFF
Subtitle FormatsSRT, SMI, SSA, SUB, TXT, DVD, PGS
3D SBS
3D Top Bottom
3D Frame PackingNo
3D Frame Sequential
Blu-Ray 3DNo
DVD ISOYes
Blu-Ray ISOYes
Dolby Digital (AC3) DownmixYes
Dolby Digital (AC3) PassthroughYes
Dolby Digital Plus DownmixYes
Dolby Digital Plus PassthroughYes
Dolby TrueHD DownmixYes
Dolby TrueHD PassthroughYes
DTS DownmixYes
DTS PassthroughYes
DTS-HD HR DownmixYes
DTS-HD HR PassthroughYes
DTS-HD MA DownmixYes
DTS-HD MA PassthroughYes
Internet RadioYes
Web ServicesYoutube, Filkr, RSS
Kodi
Native XBMC
Play Store
Bittorrent
Web Browser
Browser Detail
Flash
DVB-T
DVB-T2
FanNo
Front LCDNo
Supplied Remote
Power
Power Usage Standby
W (mm)432
D (mm)254
H (mm)38
Volume (litre)4.17
Weight (kg)
W (inches)17.0
D (inches)10.0
H (inches)1.5
Weight (lb)
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