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Digital Stream DPS-1000 review

Onyx brings iPlayer, Lovefilm and YouTube for less than an Apple TV, but where's the Wi-Fi?

Our Verdict

An attractive, compact and content-rich set-top box alternative to replacing your telly. The Onyx interface is excellent.

For

  • Excellent content
  • Nicely designed interface
  • Low price

Against

  • No built-in WiFi
  • Occasionally slow
  • Poor remote

Overview

Already present on Cello iViewer TVs, the Digital Stream DPS-1000 is all about the Onyx connected interface from Oregan Networks that's making a play for inclusion on connected or smart TVs.

But while the big international brands have sought to create global hubs with local content – and with mixed success so far – Onyx has developed a simple yet dynamic interface that's stuffed with plenty of recognisable content.

New to the party comes Lovefilm, a service that – if you already have a standard subscription set up – can simply be logged into via the DPS-1000 to start streaming movies.

Features

A few widgets are on the front screen's right-hand side, including Facebook and Twitter, though the novelty of social networking on a TV screen is fast wearing off.

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The Onyx interface has three main content icons at its core. Blinkbox is box set heaven, with a nice mix of US and British fare from House, The West Wing, The Mentalist, Heroes and, err Friends, to Come Fly With Me, Being Human, Spooks, Planet Earth and Outnumbered.

Some series are available only as a total package, while others can be rented or bought by the episode. It's even got a selection of Ross Kemp-fronted fare – what more do you want? Movies? Blinkbox hosts a fair few of them, too, though not enough to rival Lovefilm.

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The presence of BBC iPlayer adds more gravitas, and puts this set-top box ahead of some major TV brands' web platforms. It's done simply and includes links to high definition content, though it's not quite as easy to navigate as the dedicated iPlayer website.

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The Lovefilm service, meanwhile, is pleasingly identical to the online service, featuring options to stream some (though certainly not all) of its movies in SD (sadly no HD is available), or to instruct Lovefilm to post you a DVD or Blu-ray disc.

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The front screen also includes a Web TV hub of online video, websites such as YouTube and Flickr, news and football feeds and podcasts.

Get the DPS-1000 on a home network and it can play most major video, music and photo formats (including DivX HD, but not AVCHD files from HD camcorders) from a PC or NAS using DLNA, with two USB slots proving similarly talented.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSet-top Box
Scan Format1080i
EthernetYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Video Signal StandardSDTV, HDTV
SCARTYes
Aspect Ratio Supported16:9
Sound SystemDolby Digital
Brand NameDigital Stream
Service TypeBBC iPlayer
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Operating Power Consumption11 W
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height35 mm
Width170 mm
Depth125 mm
Audio FormatsAC3, WMA, AAC+
ManufacturerDigital Stream Technology Inc
Product ModelDPS-1000
Product NameDPS-1000 Set-top Box
Video FormatsMPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-3, MPEG-4, AVC, WMV9, VC-1, H.264
Input Voltage12 V DC
Manufacturer Part NumberDPS1000
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.dstreamtech.com
Weight (Approximate)1 kg