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 Post subject: Best Networked Streaming Media Player
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:05 pm 
Team Dino
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I'm looking for an all in one media player. I'm about to get satellite so I don't feel like maintaining two computers just to play networked media files.

Here's what is mandatory in my hunt:

Unencrypted Blu-Ray playback; BDMV folder playback is preferred but ISO playback is fine
Bitstreaming of DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD
Unencrypted DVD playback; VideoTS folder playback is preferred but ISO playback is fine

Bonus points:
Netflix streaming support
Other codec supports

I'm looking at the Sage HD 300, the Boxee Box, and the Netgear NeoTV 550. So far the Sage is winning, mainly because it's the cheapest. The Boxee has nice features but is far from polished.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Networked Streaming Media Player
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:33 pm 
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/me shrugs a bit...

Xbox on the network? As silly as it sounds, it's the choke point of our total media solution. I can't find anything else to replace it so it remains there...even if it's not used as intended. I was actually ready to ask you if there was a better fix to this "ordeal" (I'm on a 2- year contract on Satellite to watch a non-existent season, but that's another fiasco).

The HTPC use to pull all the chores here with Comcast and Time Warner offering the cable card, but Sat users are hosed. We may have other ideals here, but I need more boxes it seems right now. I need the Xbox and a disc burner (actual DVR with discs) with Direct TV which still involves labor. I can stream from the box and grab it, but it's a very active activity (I gotta be there and do it all manually).

I'm listening and willing to learn from this.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Networked Streaming Media Player
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:17 am 
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PC World just reviewed them, their top 5...

1. Roku XDS 2100X, find.pcworld.com/71077
2. WD TV Live Hub, find.pcworld.com/71079
3. Logitech Revue, find.pcworld.com/71080
4. Boxee Box, find.pcworld.com/71078
5. Apple TV, find.pcworld.com/71081


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 Post subject: Re: Best Networked Streaming Media Player
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:21 am 
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kleinkinstein wrote:
PC World just reviewed them, their top 5...

1. Roku XDS 2100X, find.pcworld.com/71077
2. WD TV Live Hub, find.pcworld.com/71079
3. Logitech Revue, find.pcworld.com/71080
4. Boxee Box, find.pcworld.com/71078
5. Apple TV, find.pcworld.com/71081


I think one of those (Boxee) supports the features I listed as mandatory.

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