The VuNow VN1000HD kit is a computer based WirelessHD kit. It includes a USB dongle with a small receiving hub that connects with the TV. Other than the fact that it can stream all your personal media over to your TV via the PoD hub, it has another nice additional feature — internet connectivity. The hub has a proprietary Digital Media UPnP server and browser combo that is designed to serve video content over the the Internet from multiple sources such as YouTube, Amazon Video, CNBC, ESPN and also the beloved Netflix and Hulu streaming services. It also seems to feature playback from Rhapsody and Movies from CinemaNow.
The USB dongle plugs in to your PC and streams your personal content so that you can access them through the connected PoD hub with the given remote. The first major shortcoming is that it only supports Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2) and needs Windows Media Player 10. This cuts off a large number of people who have switched to Windows 7 and/or Mac. Also, it cuts off people who have XP now but are planning to upgrade soon. Then comes the video search.
I was at first a bit impressed with the simple looking remote that has no QWERTY keyboard embedded on to it. But soon it became apparent that it supports keyword searches and has a grid of alphabets and numbers that you have to navigate using the directional buttons. The experience in a word is — tedious. Other than that, it has a standard HDMI out for connecting to any HDTV or HDMI ready device like a projector. The hub itself has two USB ports to attach NAS devices to. so other than the PC and the internet, you can also stream content from your network attached storage devices.
Overall, the VuNow VN1000HD is a device that may or may not work for you. The most important lesson I can impart is to not be swayed by the long list of features because in reality it does not amount to much.