No, that’s not a redesigned Google Chromecast. That’s Netgear’s latest creation, the NeoMediacast, which is similar to Google’s Chromecast but different in many other ways. Like the Chromecast, the NeoMediacast is a small dongle that’s designed to be plugged into an HDMI port on a television, and it runs some version of Android. That’s pretty much where the similarities end, however, as the NeoMediacast
has a horrible name is really designed to replace a cable box, not to stream videos and music like the Chromecast.
The NeoMediacast won’t be sold directly to consumers. Instead, Netgear plans to sell the device to content providers, who will then load a content store with their own televisions and movies and then sell the device to consumers, who can then purchase videos from the content store. It’s a bit confusing, but it works like a cable box of today works. You’ll buy the dongle from Comcast, and then purchase programming from Comcast’s media store. It looks to be a more a la carte approach to television, which would give consumers more choice over what they’re paying for. There’s always the chance that this could come with the Play Store or another app store, too. » Read the rest