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Philips HMP2000 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £60
inc VAT

High quality Netflix streaming and a neat, quiet box, but the attractive interface is slow to respond and the remote control small and uncomfortable

If you’ve been hankering to get Netflix on your TV, Philips has a cheap way to do so with its HMP2000 media player. This tiny wedge is the height of simplicity, with just a single HDMI port on the rear. There’s no Ethernet socket at all and connection to the internet is entirely through the built-in 802.11n wireless networking.

Philips HMP2000
The rear of the box is simplicity itself.

Power the box on and the simplicity continues, with just five icons taking up the home page: Netflix, YouTube, USB, Internet Services and Setup. It’s really Netflix that this box is designed for, so there’s a dedicated button to launch the streaming service on the remote control.

Philips HMP2000
There’s no getting confused with the MP2000’s incredibly simple interface

The Netflix interface is simple and attractive. Thumbnails arranged into rows let you quickly select programmes and films to watch by category, such as TV Programmes, Recent Releases and Action & Adventure. Each time you select something to view, a right-hand panel shows you an overview of the content and user-rating for it.

Philips HMP2000
The Netflix interface is simple and clear and gives you a quick overview of the latest content sorted by category

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Media Streamer type streaming multimedia receiver

Audio Compatibility

Audio MP3 playback Yes
Audio WMA playback Yes
Audio WMA-DRM playback No
Audio AAC playback No
Audio Protected AAC playback No
Audio OGG playback No
Audio WAV playback No
Audio Audible playback No
Other audio formats none

Video Compatibility

Other video formats MPEG1, MPEG2, H.264, MKV,VC-1, WMV

Image Compatibility

Image BMP support Yes
Image JPEG support Yes
Image TIFF support Yes

Network Interfaces

Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support Yes

AV Interfaces

Minijack line outputs 0
Minijack headphone outputs 0
Stereo phono outputs 0
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Total SCART sockets 0
HDMI outputs 1
Component outputs 0
S-video output 0
Composite outputs 0
Other connectors USB


Size 50x90x100mm
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 4W

Server Compatibility

Software included none
iTunes No
SlimServer No

Buying Information

Price £60
Warranty one year RTB

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