D-Link releases streaming-only MovieNite media player


Released as a competitor to the Roku lineup of streaming video set-top boxes, D-Link has launched the MovieNite video streaming media player. Sold exclusively through Walmart for $48, the MovieNite player offers 1080p video playback and access to streaming services such as VUDU, Netflix, Pandora and YouTube. It also comes with a $5.99 free movie credit from VUDU to allow new users one free rental of a film streamed at 1080p quality. The closest match to video playback specs in Roku’s lineup of products is the $79.99 Roku 2 XD, but Roku players offer access to wider variety of services such as Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO and several sports subscriptions packages. 

d-link-movienite-frontOn the back of the MovieNite player, users will find a single HDMI port, an A/V connection for older televisions, a Ethernet port for network connectivity and the A/C power connection port. The player also offers a Wi-Fi connection if the router isn’t located near the television and the player supports wireless N standard for faster speeds.

Since D-Link has preloaded a specific set of applications to the device, the remote that comes with the player has specific buttons for launching the VUDU, Netflix, Pandora and YouTube apps. It’s unlikely that D-Link would expand the player to offer access to other movie rental services such as Amazon Instant Video as Walmart owns VUDU.

If the user also owns mydlink-enabled network cameras, the feeds from those cameras can be viewed through the MovieNite player as well. For instance, a user could pause a movie playing on Netflix to launch the mydlink application and view an outdoor camera feed when someone knocks on the front door. D-Link has also released both an iPhone and Android application for controlling the MovieNite media player instead of using the included remote to control apps on the device.

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