Beyonwiz Launches WizOTT Android HD Media Player

Beyonwiz Launches WizOTT Android HD Media Player

Google TV may not be any closer to landing in Australia yet, but Beyonwiz has hacked together a media player that may tide you over while you wait. The WizOTT is an Android-powered box that offers FullHD media streaming playback plus the widgety joy of an Android device.

Obviously, most apps on the Android Marketplace will be useless on a big screen, but some apps, including Facebook, IMDB and YouTube are all HD panel compatible, while the openness of Android means that there will be more TV-compatible apps in the future.

Currently running Eclair (but with a Froyo update in the works), HDMI 1.3, two USB ports, it’s a fairly barebones media device, made interesting by its use of Android as an OS. Wireless N is only available through an optional dongle.

The WizOTT costs $249, which sounds cheap, but doesn’t include any storage other than the tiny bit of flash memory Android is running off. That’s cheaper than a new “Smart” TV though…