Belkin @TV­plus

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Bryan Chan

Imag­ine this: you're stuck in a shop­ping mall, bored out of your mind, wait­ing for friends who are run­ning an hour late. Per­haps you're over­seas in a ho­tel room, but all the pro­grams are in a lan­guage that's for­eign to you. Times like these, we're sure that you would have wanted to watch some­thing that was show­ing on Astro. Well, thanks to the Belkin @TV­plus, that's now pos­si­ble.

The Belkin @TV­plus is es­sen­tially a con­tent stream­ing de­vice that can be plugged into your Astro de­coder. Once plugged in, you will be able to view con­tent from the de­coder, on up to eight de­vices that are on the same Wi-Fi net­work as the @TV­plus. These de­vices in­clude note­books, tablets and even smart­phones.

To con­nect to the @TV­plus, all you need to do is down­load an app on your de­vice. Once down­loaded and both your de­vice and the @TV­plus are synced, you'll be able to watch Astro from any­where within your house, or even when you're out and about. How­ever, the @TV­plus only al­lows one re­mote con­nec­tion.

Set­ting up this de­vice is rather sim­ple. The first step in­volves con­nect­ing it to the In­ter­net via your router. If your router is lo­cated far from your TV, you don't need to worry as it has a Wi-Fi trans­ceiver built-in, al­low­ing it to con­nect wire­lessly to your lo­cal Wi-Fi. You'll then need to con­nect the @TV­plus to your Astro de­coder us­ing the bun­dled com­pos­ite ca­bles. The fi­nal step is to con­nect the IR blaster and po­si­tion it di­rectly in front of the IR re­ceiver of your Astro de­coder.

Once set up, just run the Belkin @TV­plus app on your de­vice, fol­low the on-screen in­struc­tions, and you're all set to view con­tent from your Astro de­coder on your de­vice(s). Dur­ing our time with this de­vice, we found it to be very easy to use. Image qual­ity is streamed at up to 720p qual­ity, but this is only when the de­vices are on the same Wi-Fi con­nec­tion as the @TV­plus.

If you're con­nect­ing to the @TV­plus re­motely, then the stream­ing qual­ity is ad­justed ac­cord­ingly to al­low a smoother video stream­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Record­ing the con­tent that you're view­ing is pos­si­ble, us­ing your DVR; record­ing on the de­vice it­self is also an op­tion.

Over­all, we found that the Belkin @TV­plus is an in­ter­est­ing way to re­motely view your Astro pro­grams on a note­book or mo­bile de­vice, around the house, or when you're over­seas.

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