NETGEAR NeoTV Prime with Google TV Streaming Player (GTV100)

NETGEAR NeoTV Prime with Google TV Streaming Player (GTV100)

  • Easily discover what you love to watch whether it is on live TV, an app, or the web It learns what you live and recommends movies and shows you’ll love
  • Best YouTube experience on TV, because it feels like you’re watching a TV channel
  • Your entertainment options a button click away Search the entire Internet, live TV and apps at the same time and enjoy what you love to watch with Google Search
  • Your entertainment is at your fingertips with the touchpad remote with QWERTY keyboard

The NETGEAR NeoTV PRIME with Google TV provides endless entertainment in one place. Find what you love to watch across live TV, streaming entertainment, thousands of apps, and the web using one small streaming player. Access the Google Play Store, Google Chrome and Google TV & Movies on your TV.

Price: $ 81.99
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5 Responses to “NETGEAR NeoTV Prime with Google TV Streaming Player (GTV100)”
  1. tc_amazon says:
    47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Attempt appreciated, still room for improvement, February 12, 2013
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    This review is from: NETGEAR NeoTV Prime with Google TV Streaming Player (GTV100) (Electronics)

    For background, I have also reviewed the Sony GoogleTV NSZ-GS7, which I found to be one of the best media players I have used to date. The Prime is part of Netgear’s recent foray into media players, and competes directly with the Sony GoogleTV. My personal number one feature that I’m looking for in a media player is the Slingbox application “SlingPlayer” as a replacement for Slingmedia’s now discontinued SlingCatcher, which is still held as the gold standard for Slingbox media playback on home theater systems. However, clearly this box has far more capabilities beyond Slingbox connectivity. Among the most popular “channels” available include: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go. GoogleTV also provides the Chrome internet browser and support for Flash playback. There is also access to GooglePlay’s app store which adds a plethora of capabilities familar to many android users.

    Setup & Configuration
    Setup was basically issue-less just following the on-screen directions. The only trouble I had was the setup of the IR blaster for my Comcast Set-top box. The blaster itself is the LED-on-a-string style that you stick in front of your STB IR eye. This design is somewhat outdated as many modern boxes(including the Sony rival NSZ-GS7) now have integrated blasters, which allow for cleaner looking setups. Additionally, this single blaster is used for 2 devices (TV and STB). My blaster controlled both from one location, but depending on your equipment arrangement, this could potentially be an issue. The blaster setup asks for box type, manufacturer and model. I have a Pace RNG110 cable tuner from Comcast, the closest selection I could find was Cable, IPTV (is this the same as cable?) and Pace, but my RNG110 was not listed. I randomly tried some Pace box codes, but none of them worked before I had to give up. IR blaster control of my TV was problem free, as I was able to find my TV model, thus I know the blaster should work. I assume that once Netgear updates the database, this should work, but as of yet I cannot control my cable box.
    EDIT (2/12/13): New firmware upload has my RNG110. IR control of my cable box now works.

    Power supply is a typical wall-wart, power-pack, AC/DC adapter. I only point this out because the Sony NSZ-GS7 has an integrated power supply, which means it takes 120V AC directly from the wall–no bulky adapters that hog up precious behind the TV stand plug space. (Not really a complaint for Netgear, as much of their consumer line runs this way, but it speaks to the fit & finish that Sony put into their implementation.)

    I would like to start with discussing the remote and general navigating. The Sony remote is amazing and one of the true selling points of that box, therefore I was hoping the NeoTV Prime remote to meet a similar standard. Unfortunately, at first pass, I am somewhat disappointed.

    The remote is bluetooth (non-IR) which is nice for signal transmission(does not require direct line-of-site), has a QWERTY keyboard on the reverse and in general has a more solid feel than flimsy remotes of other media players (especially WD TV, Roku). However that is where the positive things end. I found the actual navigation function very difficult to control. While going thru menus and webpages, I found myself flipping the remote often to use arrows on the keyboard and the touchpad for others, which was annoyingly inconvenient. I have yet to figure out how to scroll menus and webpages (Sony was much easier, and done on the right side of the track pad). There is a scroll bar on the right of the screen, but it is TINY and you need to have sniper precision with the track pad to hit (you will miss most of the time and inadvertently click on the wrong thing). When viewing webpages, I was very frustrated with the pointer as it would often disappear during use for no apparent reason and require clicking in and other random gyrations to bring back. (I’m still not sure what the actual sequence is to revive the pointer.) When clicking on links, sometimes it would work and other times not do anything. Furthermore, the way the controller is designed it is VERY easy to accidentally activate the mouse trackpad while typing on the keyboard. The remote has no backlite (unlike Sony GoogleTV), which makes it even more difficult to use in a Home Theater environment.
    EDIT 2/12/13: I realized now I should have looked at the manual sooner. It explains how to work the trackpad which is actually a cross between arrow buttons(and scroll) and a track pad(mouse pointer). The trick is learning how to toggle between the two functions, and seems to get a little easier with practice:
    -Press an arrow button to activate arrows…pointer disappears, now you can scroll
    -Swipe diagonally from upper left to lower right to activate mouse…pointer magically appears, now it’s a mouse!

    I was pleased with how well Prime paired with…

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  2. Alex says:
    The manufacturer commented on the review belowSee comments
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    “Frustrating” is an understatement, March 13, 2013
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    PETER (United States) –
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    This review is from: NETGEAR NeoTV Prime with Google TV Streaming Player (GTV100) (Electronics)

    I began to loathe this product, almost immediately after the installation was complete. I was replacing a Logitech Revue, so I had some experience with Google TV, but when you pine for the days of the Revue, you know there’s a major problem. The text describing a 1-star review is perfect: I hate it.

    First, I realized that the remote had no built-in way to control my DirecTV DVR, and required a IR blaster to be attached… I groaned, but thought maybe this wouldn’t be too bad.

    Second, and the major issue I had with this device, was that the remote is awful. I read some reviews, but clearly didn’t take them seriously enough, because OH MY was the touch pad clearly not tested by humans. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn’t. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason behind this behavior. I would “rub” it to get it to activate, but that takes a few seconds at least. Annoying.

    Lastly, and maybe this is the fault of the OS itself… but the same crashes of web browser plug-ins took place, just like what happened with my Revue. Anything that used Flash was a joke. The performance was bad, and the reliability was worse. I was lucky if I could get through an episode on Amazon VOD, but swap away to another application and come back again, usually resulted with a crash in the ensuing minutes.

    Frankly, I can’t believe the person at Netgear who was responsible for this wasn’t canned. Absolutely abysmal product, and an absolute disgrace that they released it in this fashion. I couldn’t return it to Amazon fast enough. Please, do yourself a favor, do not purchase this device.

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    Mar 15, 2013 12:14:13 PM PDT

    Hi Peter,

    We appreciate your honesty and for leaving a review on the NeoTV — we’re listening, and are working to make it the best it can be! If you have any further feedback, or have any questions about NETGEAR products you purchase in the future, we’re here to help at amazon@netgear.com. We hope to earn your business in the future.

    We also wanted to mention that an update is in the works for the GTV100 that addresses the web browser usability and we hope it will improve the experience for everyone!

    Regards,

    NETGEAR Team

     
  4. Anonymous says:
    14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I enjoy using this device, February 9, 2013
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    Alex

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    This review is from: NETGEAR NeoTV Prime with Google TV Streaming Player (GTV100) (Electronics)

    I have never owned a Google TV device before so I have nothing to compare this device to.

    The main reason I bought this device was to simplify my home theater system I had multiple devices that would perform different functions for me and I wanted to consolidate. It was easy for me to switch between devices to watch movies or browse the internet, but even with a programmable remote it proved to be difficult for anyone else. The neotv prime has made it much simpler for other users to enjoy all the media I have to offer.

    So far I love using it, it is great experience to be able to have android on top of my cable subscription. I can simply search for a channel or a show and if I find what I am looking for the device will automatically change the channel for me. I can even add channels to my favorites list (separate from my cable boxes favorites) and it will show me what program is playing on those channels and how much time is let in the program. The PIP options lets me review the google tv guide in full screen while I look through the guide and try to find something to watch or play around in the menu. Using the PIP seems to be kind of sluggish, however, the picture/sound would come in and out as the full screen guide popped up and the menu navigation would be a little slow throughout. The on screen guide had better performance and provided very similar options.

    One of the main reasons I bought this device was because I wanted a device that I could use Plex with since I have a Plex server with all my media streaming from there. It performs exactly as I would expect. There have a been a couple errors when using it but nothing that would deter from the experience of watching my media (mostly on startup). This is also likely more on the Plex application side of things rather then the neotv device.

    The thing I love most about the device is how just about anyone can pick up the remote and figure out how to use it. The main side has a track pad mixed with direction buttons and several other “often used” buttons. Other people who use this device enjoy the youtube app having a shortcut button on the remote itself. I have noticed some sensitivity issues with the track pad. When I want to use the mouse to select something I can’t seem to get the mouse to respond right away. Other times when I want to use the directional keys the mouse pops up right away. I have found it much easier to just use the directional keys that are found with the keyboard side of the remote.

    There are other options with the neo tv that I just haven’t set up such as HBOGO and Amazon Video. With a quick glance of the applications they are disappointing. Rather than being dedicated apps for HBOGO and Amazon they pull up the chrome browser and send you to the respective websites. This is not ideally what I would have liked to seen on this type of device. I have not yet logged in to watch a video withe either HBOGO or Amazon.

    Even though this device has its quirks, it stands that the it does well with the things that I bought it for which are to enhance my cable watching experience, stream my media, and provide a simply interface that just about any user can figure out. I would not saw the neotv prime is perfect, but I would recommend it on the google TV experience alone.

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