YOUR TV, ANYWHERE
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.