D-Link's latest entry in the crowded streaming media market is the MovieNite Plus, or DSM-312 ($79.99). D-Link is also the hardware manufacturer for Boxee's media players, the Boxee Box and Boxee TV. The MovieNite line is a completely separate entity from Boxee, with its own interface and its own collection of apps.
The MovieNite Plus offers 1080p output and wired Ethernet at a lower price point than similarly equipped Roku and Apple players.�
Streaming services include Netflix, VUDU (with Apps), YouTube, Pandora, and Picasa.�
The box has an analog A/V port for connection to older, non-HDMI-equipped A/V products.�
The interface is colorful and very easy to navigate. Setup is also very simple.
If you own a D-Link Web camera, you can view the video via the mydlink app.�
D-Link offers an Android/iOS control app that adds gesture/touchpad navigation.
The MovieNite service does not have as many apps as some of its competitors, including big omissions like Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. There's no Apps store to browse and add services.
There's no digital audio output for a digital connection to older, non-HDMI-equipped receivers.
The iOS/Android control app does not include a virtual keyboard for easier text input.
The box does not support DLNA streaming from a media server, nor does it have USB ports for playback of personal media files.
Competition and Comparison
You can compare the D-Link MovieNite Plus with its competition by checking out our reviews of the Roku 2, Netgear NeoTV MAX, Western Digital WD TV Live, and Boxee TV (link tk).
If you're looking for a simple streaming-media player that just provides access to major services like Netflix, VUDU, and Pandora, the MovieNite Plus is a competitively priced option that offers reliable performance. Right now, you can buy the MovieNite Plus through Amazon for about $43. That's a tough deal to beat. The MovieNite Plus is not the right choice for someone who wants to access his/her personal media files. At this point in the game, Roku still has a big advantage in the number of streaming services and apps that you get for the money, but D-Link is off to a good start. To become a more formidable presence in the streaming media space, the company needs to finally add that Hulu Plus app and a few more high-profile partners.