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A quick glance at two players

Here's a look at two media streaming players:

>Netgear NeoTV Streaming Player

Likes: Inexpensive; offers access to more than 100 Internet content channels; connects to high-definition movie rental site Vudu.

Dislikes: Doesn't offer notable channels such as Amazon or access to live sports or subscription music; doesn't allow users to connect with content stored on their computers or home network.

Price: $50

Web: www.netgear.com

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>Western Digital WD TV Live

Likes: Offers access to Vudu and several of the top Internet content sites; allows users to access personal content stored on computers, flash drives and network-attached drives.

Dislikes: Few total Internet channels and lacks access to news and live professional sports; interface used to connect to personal content is clunky; complex remote.

Price: $100

Web: www.wdc.com