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Why bother buying a web-connected smart TV when you can upgrade your current set-up for just £50?That's the thinking behind Philips' first foray into the 'smart TV extender' market, though there are significant gaps in its armour. Despite being labelled rather misleadingly as a 'HD Media Box' on its gloss black front, this Netflix-centric box is simplicity itself.It's armed only with a HDMI output for hooking-up to a TV, and a USB slot for taking thumbdrives full of digital files.Disappointingly, there's no ethernet port to be found anywhere, so you have ot make do with the built in Wi-Fi module for cable-free connection to a broadband router.User interface & servicesFire-up the HMP2000 and a simple five-icon user interface offers cover YouTube, Netflix (£5.99 per month for unlimited films), USB, Internet Services, and a link to a Setup menu.No BBC iPlayer, then – surely a huge reason for TVs to be smart in the first place – nor on-demand hubs for any other channels. At least Facebook, AccuWeather and Picasa are present and Netflix does of course carry some of the Beeb's back catalogue of TV shows.PerformanceNavigating the simple user interface isn't helped by the remote, which is too small to be used comfortably.
Smart TV is gaining traction, but not everybody wants to upgrade every set in their house just to add native streaming support for Netflix and similar services. Philips believes it has the answer with the HMP2000, a compact Netflix adapter that also promises YouTube, Facebook and local media access for under £50 ($79). Is this the Roku rival we've been waiting for? Check out the full review after the cut. Small and simple, the HMP2000 has roughly the same footprint as the Apple TV but an angled rather than flat top. Connectivity is limited to just an HDMI port, a power input and a full-sized USB 2.0; inside there's WiFi, but you don't get an option for wired ethernet or alternative audio-out routes. Philips includes a compact remote control with playback keys, a navigation pad and a dedicated Netflix shortcut. It's functional, but the buttons feel cheap and overly clicky. Unfortunately there's no HDMI cable in the box, which comes across as miserly. Setup and Interface With so few ports, once you've plugged in the mains and dug out a spare HDMI cable, you're pretty much sorted for physical setup. Power on, and after a brief boot delay you land on the main menu, with options for Netflix, YouTube, USB, Internet Services and Setup.
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