So I purchased the newest Apple TV a while ago, and while it's cool... I just never really use it. Why? It doesn't support any of the formats I constantly download (.mkv 1080p files).
I bought it with the intendsion of streaming media to it, and the occasional Netflix. It's neat to control it with my iPad, but about all it's good for is streaming Netflix (unless you want to spend tons of money on iTunes). I also thought I was going to jailbreak it and install xbmc but it turns out the latest Apple TV has still not been hacked... and it doesn't appear it's going to happen any time soon.
So, my question to you guys is this:
Is there a low price (<$150) device I can purchase that will allow me to stream a mixture of content formats to it, as well as allow me to control it with my phone, computer and such.
Basically I download .mkv files all the time, and hook up my projector to my computer and play it that way. It works, but it's annoying that I have to hook up my expensive power hungry computer everytime I want to watch a movie that's on my server. The Nexus Q looked promising, but then that $300 price tag made me not care.
I'm thinking perhaps a PS3 might work, I had an xbox but it was very limited as to what it could actually play. I just wish I had something like my Apple TV but without the media types restriction. I suppose I could convert everything I download but that's awful tedious.
Thanks guys, I hope you're more informed about these things than I am lately.