Western Digital is still in the media player game, and their latest model improves upon the last one. The WD TV Live plays back HD video, music & photos whether they're on your computer, your USB drives, or the Net on your TV.
It still comes in an ugly little black box with what looks like an elf's remote. One nice feature is that you can connect as many USB drives as you want to it for practically unlimited storage.
WD TV Live can connect to the Net to play back YouTube videos, Flickr photos and stream music from Pandora and Live365.com.
Like the Netgear EVA2000, this is a pretty inexpensive media player, and would be a decent introduction to the media streamer gadget.
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)