Feeds
60%
Philips HMP2000 HD networked media player

Philips HMP2000 HD Media Player

Jumping on the Netflix bandwagon

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Moreover, that menu turns out to be rather underwhelming too, consisting of just a handful of small icons floating in acres of empty screen space. The first icon provides access to Netflix, and there’s also a dedicated Netflix button on the remote control that confirms Netflix’s status as the virtual be-all and end-all of the HMP2000.

Philips HMP2000 HD networked media player

Minimal main menu

There are no other commercial video services available – no BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm, PictureBox or any other UK-based video services. The only other on-line options are a small selection of social networking sites. YouTube is there of course, and there’s an icon labeled ‘Internet Services’ that had me hoping for something a bit more interesting, but revealed a measly selection consisting of just Facebook, Picasa and the weather.

Philips HMP2000 HD networked media player

Slim pickings for other services

And that, alas, is the entirety of the HMP2000’s on-line offerings, so if you haven’t got a Netflix account then the HMP2000 doesn’t have an awful lot to offer. And yet, within those limits the HMP2000 does actually work quite well. Its 1080p output is crisp and colourful, and the HMP2000 also works well as a general-purpose media player for files stored on external USB devices. Its interface isn’t particularly elegant, but it’s functional enough and the one saving grace of the remote control is the Browse button that allows you to browse through individual folders or to sort music, photos and videos separately.

Philips HMP2000 HD networked media player

Music playback

The HMP2000 also supports a good selection of file formats. The spec sheet lists only MP4, H.264, MKV and WMV video formats, and MP3 and WMA for audio, but I was also able to play some Video_TS files ripped off DVD, as well as my collection of AAC music copied from iTunes. There’s no support for DiVX or XVid, although there is a more expensive model called the HMP7000 that supports those formats and is available for about £100.

Philips HMP2000 HD networked media player

Affordable IPTV access

Verdict

If your existing HD TV doesn’t have Internet connectivity already built in then, if you shop around, for a mere £45 the HMP2000 does provide a quick and affordable way of using your TV with your new Netflix account. However, the lack of additional VOD services means that the Philips HMP2000 is very much a one-trick pony, and many people will probably prefer to pay another £40 for the more versatile WD TV Live. ®

More AV Gear Reviews

Pioneer
SC-LX85 AirPlay
9.2 AV receiver
Ten...
boomboxes
Eight...
AirPlay
speakers
Arcam
rDock
Ten...
mini hi-fi
systems

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

60%
Philips HMP2000 HD networked media player

Philips HMP2000 HD Media Player

Affordable option for getting Netflix on your un-connected HD TV.
Price: £60 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
NORKS' own smartmobe pegged as Chinese landfill Android
Fake kit in the hermit kingdom? That's just Kim Jong-un-believable!
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.