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Ok so I have been through the media streamer circus.

I have tried the following:

WD Live Hub
pros: slick interface, plays local content like a champ.
cons: no built in wifi (buying an adapter jacks the price of this thing up to $260!), waste of built in 1tb storage, no hulu plus (as of yet)

Apple TV
pros: gorgeous interface
cons: no local streaming and no hulu plus

Sony NP100
pros: hulu plus
cons: requires dnla server to play local content, ugly interface

WD Live Plus
pros: plays local content well
cons: no built in wifi, ugly dated interface, no hulu plus (as of yet)

Roku XDS
pros: nice internet streaming options (hulu plus)
cons: can't play local content!

PS3
pros: with ps3 media server, i can pretty much play all my local content and i believe it has hulu plus as of now
cons: price! i have one in my main media room but buying one just for my bedroom to stream seems like overkill

XBOX 360
pros: i believe it can stream local content with WMP12 and some tweaking and it has hulu plus
cons: i dont' want to buy another xbox live membership just to use it in my bedroom (and it's annoying to recover gamertag/membership everytime I want to watch in my bedroom)

Ones left to try:

Boxee
pros: local content and has built in wifi
cons: buggy software and as of yet no hulu plus

the closest one for me is probably a tie between the WD boxes. The hub was great but I just can't justify spending $260 for a streamer when I can get an xbox 360 for $199! And the WD Live Plus is close too once they get hulu plus but that interface is awful and sucks that I have to buy a $60 wifi adapter.

Am I missing anything? Should I just bit the bullet and get an xbox or ps3?

help! =)

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Personally, I prefer the boxee. IMO - Aggregation of content, better interface over the WD variants, ability to reliably stream full blu-ray MKVs over a network,and availability of media content through various apps make it a better choice for me.

I can wait for Hulu+.

But since you want Hulu+ (sooner rather than later),...I'd go with the Live Hub.

Caveat: Streaming high bitrate files across the network can be iffy with the WD variants.

Hulu+ is "coming soon" to WD
http://www.hulu.com/plus?src=topnav#devices
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ya, im with ya.

so you're not too mad with Boxee software thus far? i hear people are cranky but maybe they aren't power users/get scared off?

does boxee have 5gz N radio?

personally, if im going to spend $200, id rather get the boxee than wd live hub. i hate the idea of spending money for the internal hard drive that i will never ever use (plus the wifi adapter)
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Playon software works with Hulu Plus and is compatible with most dlna compatible devices through your network.
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(buying an adapter jacks the price of this thing up to $260!)

Airlink 101 --- $13.00 - $15.00
D-Link DWA-131 ---- $35.00
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Airlink 101 --- $13.00 - $15.00
D-Link DWA-131 ---- $35.00

ha, ok, $235
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does boxee have 5gz N radio?
Wireless: 802.11n/g/b (2.4GHz)
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good to know. seems like 2.4n is fast enough to play 1.5gb mkv's around the house
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so the vote so far is to try Boxee?
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I have no issues with my Boxee Box, I love it. Most of the compaints revolve around audio issues surrounding more advanced audio formats like DTS-HD. I'd imagine that doesn't matter to you in the bedroom! It will also have Hulu Plus in the "future," and you can use PlayOn as a workaround until it is implemented.
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good to know. seems like 2.4n is fast enough to play 1.5gb mkv's around the house

Assuming that 1.5GB file is ~1 hr, that should not be a problem. Bitrate and wireless signal strength is the determining factor
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want to order boxee but Amazon will not even sell it now due to all the complaints...ha

item under review: http://www.amazon.com/D-Link-DSM-380...7617707&sr=8-1
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I was able to add it to my cart just fine. You should try again.
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