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Hi.
I want to have streaming capability, especially through Amazon Prime. I hope I'm overcomplicating this. Here goes:
I have a Sony CRT w/several input selections. One input offers HDMI IN and L/R audio jacks. My DVD player takes up the HDMI IN and I run the audio through my receiver.

I also have an open input with component video jacks and L/R analog audio again. Yes, these are older but c'est la vie.

I just started looking seriously into streaming. I could use an HDMI switcher but l need a receiver w/HDMI IN/OUT jacks. I see that anything w/HDMI out is beyond my budget.
I thought I could find a blu-ray player or some streaming device that offers component video, in which case I can use my open input w/audio through receiver. However, it seems like manufacturers are not offering streaming devices w/ component video and analog audio.

Is there something I'm missing, or am I S.O.L. until I update my receiver?

Sorry for length. Thanks in advance.
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The easiest route I think is grabbing a Roku XDS (older model, but my favorite) and plug it into your component input and use the Amazon Instant Video Channel. They can regularly be had for ~$65 via sites like Woot.
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Agree on the Roku. Manufacturers had to stop including component on bluray players because of Hollywood but you can still find some around. Panasonic made one with component and analog audio but there is no network capabilities so no streaming. Even if you went the receiver route you would still need network capabilities so would need a streamer. Any receiver that has HDMI will have both in and out, some will also have component.
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Why not simply use component on your DVD player to free up your HDMI input? Or just use the Blu-ray player for DVD too? FWIW, I have a cheap Sony BDP-S185 that I got primarily for Amazon streaming and I like it a lot.
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Why not simply use component on your DVD player to free up your HDMI input? Or just use the Blu-ray player for DVD too? FWIW, I have a cheap Sony BDP-S185 that I got primarily for Amazon streaming and I like it a lot.

I would only get a blu-ray as an auxiliary player because my main player is the Oppo DV-981hd. I couldn't even tell you right now how many non-region 1 dvds I have because the Oppo just doesn't care.

I'll try finding a Roku XDS. Just assumed the 2 meant newer technology.

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If you're serious about streaming, think long term and towards the future. Budget and save for an HDMI receiver or upgrade the display to one with multiple HDMI inputs. Both options allow you to keep the Oppo and it's functionality.
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If you're serious about streaming, think long term and towards the future. Budget and save for an HDMI receiver or upgrade the display to one with multiple HDMI inputs. Both options allow you to keep the Oppo and it's functionality.

Yes. Ideally I would follow both suggestions but that is long term. I need a short term solution. A Roku XDS is the best suggestion so far. I just need to find one that is reasonably priced.

What is reasonably priced for a Roku XDS these days?

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Yes. Ideally I would follow both suggestions but that is long term. I need a short term solution. A Roku XDS is the best suggestion so far. I just need to find one that is reasonably priced.

What is reasonably priced for a Roku XDS these days?

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Go to fleebay!

Yeah, that was 1st stop. Not jumping until I see more prices. Also, another poster said that they can be had, occasionally, for approx. 65 bucks. I'll wait a little to see.
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Yeah, that was 1st stop. Not jumping until I see more prices. Also, another poster said that they can be had, occasionally, for approx. 65 bucks. I'll wait a little to see.
Thanks.
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woot.com usually has them for sale, but they are refurbished, and only have 90 days warranty.

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woot.com usually has them for sale, but they are refurbished, and only have 90 days warranty.

Yes. Checking--and waiting for--Woot. Timing sucks. They just had one a couple weeks ago. D'oh!!
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