The Kodak Theatre HD Media Player is a great solution to a common problem. For me, that problem was that I had all my music, pictures, and movies on my computer in the office, but spent most of my time in the living room. Now, with the Kodak Theatre, all of my content is streamed from my computer to my HDTV with ease and I couldn't be happier.
Set up was simple, and it connected to my home wireless network without any problems. And the remote that comes with this thing is cool. It only has three buttons and a scroll wheel, but it works by sensing the movement of your hand. It's not like the Wii remote where you have to be pointing at the screen or anything, but it works a lot better. And it works over a radio frequency, so the remote doesn't have to have a direct line of sight with the box.
This product was really designed as a way to view all of your photos, and so most a lot of the features it has focuse mainly on your pictures. One of the things that I love is that when it goes in to screen saver mode, it starts to randomly display my pictures from over the years. It turns my HDTV in to a giant digital photo frame, and it's really kind of cool having all your old photos that are buried in your computer come alive again.
The thing I bought it for most was for viewing my videos. The Kodak Theatre recognizes a lot of video formats and every one that I've tried to play on it. I usually watch movies that I have ripped to my computer, and they all play flawlessly in great detail. Of course, the stronger your wireless signal, the better performance you get (as I discovered when I went from a very weak signal, and the moved my wireless router a little and noticed a HUGE improvement in playback).
Another cool feature on the Kodak Theatre is the input slots on the box itself. There are slots for most memory cards, and it can read your pictures and videos off of them. It will even copy your pictures back to your computer for you, so you don't have to do that later. It also has two USB ports so you can attach a thumb drive or even a portable hard drive. I was kind of surprised when it could read my external hard drive, as the documentation made not mention of this feature.
Some of the other neat features it has is that it Kodak made a deal with RadioTime so that you can listen to a number of streamed radio stations from around the world. They also have a Youtube interface which works amazingly well, and the video quality is better than what you get on a computer.
The only down sides for me is that it doesn't support the Mac yet, so I can only get the media off my Windows PC. And the other little thing is that it doesn't display the names of the video files, but just a thumbnail picture. This makes it kind of hard to find the exact video file you want to watch.
Overall, this is a fantastic product. Kodak's website has a virtual demo that you can do to kind of play with the interface.
I had been researching media extenders for a very long time, and weighed the pros and cons of all of them and ended up choosing the Kodak. I've had it for almost a month now and I'm incredibly happy with it. I use it every day.
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