Netgear announced today that it has launched its newest Internet-connected set-top box, which allows home viewers to watch Internet content on their big-screen HDTVs.

The Digital Entertainer Live (EVA2000) plays out Internet-streamed content, such as YouTube videos or personal media collections, from USB storage devices, computers and network-stored content onto home TVs.

In addition to personal media collections and YouTube clips, consumers can also browse, download and play newly released pay-per-view movies from Roxio CinemaNow. They can also view videos on their TV from other Internet sources, such as Hulu, Netflix and CBS, through free software trials and optional subscriptions.

"People are amassing a huge amount of their own downloaded and personal digital music, photos, and videos, as well as consuming more and more Internet video," said Phillip Pyo, Netgear's director of product marketing for connected home entertainment products. "According to comScore's Video Metrix service, between January 2007 and July 2009, there was a 331 percent jump in the number of minutes of video watched per average viewer per month. It went from 2 hours, 31 minutes to 8 hours, 20 minutes.

"The vast majority of people are still watching these videos on small computer screens, so it's logical to assume that the amount of time spent will continue to increase as devices such as the Digital Entertainer Live make it even easier to watch online video on HDTVs.”

The Digital Entertainer Live is a small, "plug in and go" home media player with a remote control that lets consumers access their digital movies, videos, music and photos directly from their USB storage devices and watch them on their TV.

To help find video content on the Internet, the Digital Entertainer Live is shipped with a built-in Internet video search engine that performs keyword searches without the need for a computer.

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