The media player market really seems to have leapt up out of nowhere over the past two years. There have been any number of contenders, but big names like Western Digital and Seagate have long since stepped into the ring, viewing the nascent market as a perfect means of selling more storage. That means small players, like brite-View, have to stay on their toes.
Their latest effort, the CinemaGo, clothes their previous generation CinemaTube in a snazzy new plastic case and adds a wireless USB adapter. Format support seems to be entirely unchanged, as the specifications page for each model is almost identical – essentially the players play, well, everything. They’re also compatible with popular programs like Play-On, which means users can even stream web content like Hulu and CBS to their televisions.
The updated players do support Internet radio through Muzee, as well as features from the previous generation, such as BitTorrent downloading (up to three simultaneous downloads), Flickr support, DVD ISO menuing support and playback of media either over the network or via local storage through USB or eSATA ports.
Interestingly enough, however, it seems like the addition of the eSATA port to the board was sufficient cause to remove the component cable jacks from the box – composite is still present. Additionally, the included WiFi adapter and Muzee support don’t come cheap – at $149.99, the box is $62 more expensive than last year’s efforts, though it’s currently available for pre-order at a more reasonable $109.99.
While the current price definitely makes the CinemaGo a contender, it’s lack of support for popular services such as Netflix may make it a tough sell in the burgeoning HD media player marketplace.