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There’s some fun stuff on there, but the unusual remote control – which has a miniature Qwerty keyboard on one side and a set of media player controls on the other – feels rather clumsy when trying to select options on a web page. It’s all very US-oriented too, with no sign of the BBC iPlayer, or even the recently launched UK version of Netflix. There’s also an annoying amount of advertising on some of the TV shows – which you can’t skip past either.

Iomega TV With Boxee and Network Storage

App choices

You can put your own music, photos and videos on the Iomega TV as well, and these are accessed through the Files option on the Home screen. This leads to another menu containing options for browsing your personal music, photos and video files. Thankfully, the Iomega TV does provide both ‘album’ and ‘artist’ views for your music – although the process of switching between them is rather unintuitive. You have to press the ‘Back’ button on the remote control in order to activate the search tool and then specify which viewing mode you prefer.

Iomega TV With Boxee and Network Storage

Music presentation

The Iomega TV coped with all the audio and video file formats that I tested it with, and its 1080p video output was smooth and clear – you can view the full list of supported formats here.

There is, however, one big omission from the options on the Home screen. There’s no Setup menu where you can adjust settings such as the video output or network details. I initially had problems connecting the device to my home network simply because I couldn’t find the network settings menu. It took a call to Iomega to find out that the Settings menu can only be activated using that darn ‘Back’ button on the remote control and then locating the tiny icon that leads to the Settings menu.

Iomega TV With Boxee and Network Storage

Functional, pricey and still in need of refinement

Verdict

The Iomega TV is certainly a more respectable streaming media player than the old ScreenPlay range, but it does still leave room for improvement. The Boxee content is hardly essential, and I’d happily swap most of it for the BBC iPlayer. The device’s graphical interface is functional enough, but still lacks the slickness of rivals such as the Apple TV or WD TV. It’s also very expensive, even taking into account recent increases in the cost of hard drives. ®

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Iomega TV With Boxee and Network Storage

Iomega TV with Boxee

Streaming media player and network storage combo.
Price: £350 (1TB), £389 (2TB), £222 (unpopulated) RRP

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