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I've been reading about this and can't seem to come up with the best player. I want to do basic network video stuff from my nas. Mostly home videos and other stuff in either avchd or mp4. I also want the player to be able to do amazon prime. What is the best option for me? The roku seems very limited in terms of network playback.
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I've been reading about this and can't seem to come up with the best player. I want to do basic network video stuff from my nas. Mostly home videos and other stuff in either avchd or mp4. I also want the player to be able to do amazon prime. What is the best option for me? The roku seems very limited in terms of network playback.

You mean Amazon VOD?

As far as I know, the free-for-Prime videos can only be watched on a computer, since you can't add it to your library without paying the normal fee, which is what a Amazon VOD-capable streaming player would need to playback the videos.

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I would like the same but there is no current good solution that combines both local media streaming AND Amazon Prime video streaming into one device. The Roku is the best current option IMO for internet content streaming that also allows Amazon Prime. You will need a separate device to perform local media streaming if the Roku's limited local media streaming capability is not sufficient for your needs.

Amazon lists compatible hardware for using Amazon Instant Video here.
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I would like the same but there is no current good solution that combines both local media streaming AND Amazon Prime video streaming into one device. The Roku is the best current option IMO for internet content streaming that also allows Amazon Prime. You will need a separate device to perform local media streaming if the Roku's limited local media streaming capability is not sufficient for your needs.

Amazon lists compatible hardware for using Amazon Instant Video here.

If you use the plex client for roku it will get you some better local/network media playback.
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The only way I know how is with a WD TV Live media player with PlayOn. Amazon VOD is one of the channels PlayOn offers. I don't have Amazon Prime so I can't say how well it works.
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You mean Amazon VOD?

As far as I know, the free-for-Prime videos can only be watched on a computer, since you can't add it to your library without paying the normal fee, which is what a Amazon VOD-capable streaming player would need to playback the videos.

That is not correct. I watch Amazon Prime with Sony Blu-Ray players all the time. The Sony's UI is not that good but works. I can also watch Amazon on PCHA200 or Netgear 550 with PlayOn installed on the PC server to some degree(some time it works and some time it does not. Since I have Sony that wowrks, I never spend time to find out why). The PlayOn UI is even worse than Sony and more limited in control functions.
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I've been reading about this and can't seem to come up with the best player. I want to do basic network video stuff from my nas. Mostly home videos and other stuff in either avchd or mp4. I also want the player to be able to do amazon prime. What is the best option for me? The roku seems very limited in terms of network playback.

Check out the link to Amazon devices in this thread. Also Playon doesn't do HD. I would just get one of the LG BD players and that should be more than enough for your needs.
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That is not correct. I watch Amazon Prime with Sony Blu-Ray players all the time.

+1. I have two Sony BDP-370s and stream Amazon Prime videos from them all the time. There is nothing special to do except a one-time setup to link your BDP to your Amazon account. After that, you just go to Amazon VOD on your Sony BDP and select it, and one of the menu options is "Amazon Prime." All of the videos listed there -- TV and movies -- are "free," as they are included as a benefit in your Amazon Prime account.
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That is not correct. I watch Amazon Prime with Sony Blu-Ray players all the time. The Sony's UI is not that good but works. I can also watch Amazon on PCHA200 or Netgear 550 with PlayOn installed on the PC server to some degree(some time it works and some time it does not. Since I have Sony that wowrks, I never spend time to find out why). The PlayOn UI is even worse than Sony and more limited in control functions.

Thanks for letting me know.

Apparently the device I have doesn't work this way. It only lists videos that are in my library.

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i can watch amazon prime on my sony led internet tv..
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Logitech Revue (GoogleTV) has Amazon VOD as well.

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Alot of the responses here are for boxes that can stream amazon prime but seem less than proficient at streaming videos off of a nas. I want something like the NEO TV 550 that will be very capable of handling most videos on my nas with a nice GUI as well as being able to stream amazon prime. It looks like there is no real solution yet but surely something must be on the horizon. Anyone know of anything?
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I've been reading about this and can't seem to come up with the best player. I want to do basic network video stuff from my nas. Mostly home videos and other stuff in either avchd or mp4. I also want the player to be able to do amazon prime. What is the best option for me? The roku seems very limited in terms of network playback.

I use a two-box solution for best of breed internet streaming (Roku 2 XS) and network media playback (Netgear NeoTV550). The Roku works just fin with Amazon.
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I use a two-box solution for best of breed internet streaming (Roku 2 XS) and network media playback (Netgear NeoTV550). The Roku works just fin with Amazon.

yeah I just can't believe no one has jumped on the band wagon of providing both though... Guess I'll have to wait. I'm deffinitely not buying two boxes...
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yeah I just can't believe no one has jumped on the band wagon of providing both though... Guess I'll have to wait. I'm deffinitely not buying two boxes...

You can buy a one-box solution in the form of a HTPC for about 3x the cost of the two-box solution that will do both. Of course you'll have to deal with keyboards and mice.

I think the real problem is cost vs functionality. Internet streamers have to get content providers (studios) to trust that their hardware is copyright secure while at the same time working out a deal with channels and staying on top of updates - all on a tight budget and while keeping hardware retail prices below $100.

Network media players have a similar problem figuring out what they can sacrifice to stay under $100. Western Digital gave up on licensing DTS-HD and the ability to play 24bit FLACs gambling that most of their $100 customers didn't care as much about those as they do about Netflix. On the other hand with the NeoTV 550 Netgear gambled that their $100 customers didn't care as much about Netflix as they do about support for DTS-HD MA and 24bit FLAC support.

The bottom line is that with a per unit manufacturing budget of probably around $50 by the time they pay licensing fees and pay for the hardware, assembly and distribution they are left with the ability to stuff in only so much functionality. Now if enough customers were willing to pay $200 for a single box (fat chance) then it might be possible. I just don't see a large enough market at $200+ for economies of scale to kick in. Hopefully in a year or two the market will mature without too many desirable functions (like 24bit FLACs) falling by the wayside. Of course by that time Netflix and Amazon Prime will be built into most mid-product line TVs.
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