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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:50 am 
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Good article, Will Smith! Question... what configuration do you recommend on the 'network connected dumb clinet'? Could you use a small Shuttle-type case and a TV card for output to the TV?


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bump for Will


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Ideally, I'm waiting for something thinner than a PC. However, where the audio streaming boxes are a fairly mature category, the video streaming boxes all have major flaws.

Either they don't support crucial formats (divx), they won't play ripped DVDs, or they don't play AC3 streams or subtitles. The ones that work reasonably well with video have poor or missing audio support.

If I had to pick one right now, it would probably be the Pinnacle unit. The hardware's pretty good, it does most everything you'd expect in an intelligent manner, but its server software sucks and is a massive resource hog.

I think that all of these devices will improve when Microsoft forces them to use WMP10 as the server software instead of the craptastic homegrown apps.

///Will


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modded xbox works great. already pumped it in another thread, but if MPC is going to look into this category it would be a big mistake not to take a look at the modded xbox as either a storage device in itself (with an upgraded HD), or as a network device capable of playing files from a remote server. Plus it plays games and DVD's! The Xecuter mod works great, and though on the pricy side for mod-chips it is top of the line.


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