Win8 App (no remote support, correct? So I'd need a keyboard?)
NetfliXBMC (looks like a new app for XBMC, does anyone have experience with this? http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=178693
Anything? The Bluecop repository stopped working because Amazon turned on DRM, and the work around with Firefox is iffy.
Anyone have experience with PlayOn? http://www.playon.tv/store/buy/playon/ Having a sale right now, $40 for the lifetime subscription. I feel like I've read bad things about them in the past, but can't remember for sure.
I really look forward to an Amazon Prime plug-in or standalone app that I can use. Using the browser is a huge pain anyway. Nothing like the front-end for netflix or hulu.
The Netflix WMC app, and the Amazon Instant plugin for WMC both work good. I tried Playon, seemed really clunky/ugly to me and stopped using it pretty quickly.
The latest version of Playon has the ability to stream in HD (720p most likely) and it does work through WMC with the VMCPlayit App, but I cannot get an HD Picture through XBMC.
Hulu just dropped support for their Hulu Desktop App, but XBMC and Plex are worthy options.
Something in the back of my mind is telling me that these companies are purposefully dropping support for HTPC setup in favor of the Rokus and Apple TVs of the world. Netflix API no where to be found, Amazon's DRM configuration, Hulu Desktop craps out when attempting to stream, the WatchABC App now requires authentication, etc etc etc
So for now, if I want to watch Netflix, I use WMC. If I want to watch Amazon Prime, I use my Blu Ray Player. If I want to watch Hulu, I use XBMC.
I am running into the same problem with my HTPC. I used Netflix for a long time but since 95% of everything I own (only a slight exaggeration) is from Amazon adding the Prime account was a no-brainer. Since Netflix was the only thing keeping me on WMC I'm going to switch my system to XBMC as much prefer its GUI over WMC (I know... skins and all that but who wants to mess with all that ).
I used WMC for Netflix for a long time and the app is horrible but it was the best option I had at the time. I haven't tried the Amazon Prime app on either XBMC or WMC but looking at what you're all saying it may be a moot point as those apps seem to have limited support.
My ultimate goal was to eliminate the need for any additional device (i.e. WDTV or Roku)... looks like I'll hold on to my Roku boxes for the time being
As far as having any kind of keyboard and mouse on hand as necessity? NO THANK YOU. I keep a logitech K400 close by in case something comes up where typing but that is definitely the exception and NOT the rule.
I'm sure you folks are aware of this blog but if you're not... http://assassinhtpcblog.com/
Again, may all be moot points if these plug-ins are no longer supported.. but worth investigating.
a refurb Roku HD only runs about $50... does Redbox, Amazon, and Netflix extremely well.
I recommend starting there if you can't get the plugs to work in XBMC.
Although I should say that the BEST Netflix app is on Win8 Metro but the remote support is essentially non-existent.
WDTV is the 2nd best. I really do not care for the GUI of the Roku Netflix App but, as I said before, I use mostly Amazon Prime which is not available on WDTV right now.
Sadly this may be the way I end up going.... with a Harmony (or possibly eventGhost to get better integration with a front-end?) the usability might be acceptable.
SoapBox: I got a free chromecast from work a couple months ago... it's a sexy little device but, sadly, it does not appear to support prime :-(
I understand that is frustrating... Amazon and Android (read Google) have historically played nice together so it might be in the future.
Except when it comes to having their Video on Demand service available. Because iOS and the Kindle Fires have an app, but normal Android users don't.
Actually... that's not entirely true :-) They chose android because of the favourable licensing.... then proceeded to fork the code base. For example, a stock kindle config cannot access the play store.
I was unaware of that fact... please ignore my earlier comment :)
So, are we saying that with all the front ends, XMBC, JRiver and Plex that none integrate streaming services? WOW. So if I go build an HTPC, which I ordered all the parts last night, by the way. I don't have a way of a nice user presentation, but have to go to each web and/or download their app? Hopefully, I've misunderstood....
You are mostly correct.
PS3 really is the answer for me.
With a high quality remote like the Harmony I think you will find that switching to another box, like a Roku, is very effortless and still feels integrated and clean.
I'm in the camp of people that would LOVE to have my whole system run through my HTPC but with a Cable Box (would love to run Comcast through my TV Tuner but Comcast sucks... but that's for a different thread) already on my TV stand the addition of 3.5 square inch Roku box is hardly cumbersome.
Even without a universal remote, HDMI-CEC can give you a seamless experience in many cases.