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Now that Boxee Box is a dead piece of equipment(only one more update) I see only 2 real options for my needs, which are: 1. Internet connection interactivity.
2. Local shared content
3. Nice on screen (Flat panel) interface.

OPTIONS:
1. Popcorn Hour A-300 or A-400
2. XBMC

What is the least expensive way of replacing Boxee Box to use XBMC in my living room or should I simply choose option1 Popcorn Hour?
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Another option would be a device running Plex. Like Roku or specific Samsung Blu-Ray Players (I use the BD-D5700 & BD-D5300)
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I'm sorry, I don't understand, Roku or specific Samsung Blu-Ray Players (I use the BD-D5700 & BD-D5300). Do you mind educating me. I've had a couple of old d-link streamers, then boxee box....so I understand some of this. Plex?
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I don't see why you can't continue to use Boxee Box. I plan to. But, for my dedicated home theater, it'll be either the Mede8er 1000X3D (currently have) or PCH A-400 (pre-ordered to try out).

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I'm sorry, I don't understand, Roku or specific Samsung Blu-Ray Players (I use the BD-D5700 & BD-D5300). Do you mind educating me. I've had a couple of old d-link streamers, then boxee box....so I understand some of this. Plex?

Plex Media Server gets installed on your PC and collects all of the metadata for your movies, tv shows, music, etc. You can get then a device is compatible with Plex as a client (like the Roku, certain Samsung Blu-Ray Players, etc). You can find out more at: http://www.plexapp.com
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I haven't seen anything with the coverage Boxee currently has. In order to put down some money I need to see something that:

Plays a similar set of formats locally (plus perhaps 10-bit h264/MKV)
Supports Netflix, Amazon VOD, YouTube and maybe Hulu Plus (i'm a bit disenchanted with Hulu Plus so I can take it or leave it)
Air Play Support
Fairly modern web browser with current Flash and HTML5
Decent remote Control

Outside of a kludged HTPC solution is there anything that gets close?

  

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Unfortunately, no. I've concluded getting an all-in-one-box won't happen, so I rely on Roku for web content, and on Mede8er and Popcorn Hour for local media support. An HTPC with XBMC is a viable option, and you also get live TV with WMC, but it doesn't have a set-top box feel and still feels like a PC. Now, you can use OpenELEC, which outed a 2.0 version today.

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I've been reviewing my options and I've narrowed it down to getting either a Popcorn Hour A400 or just buying a Mac Mini and installing Plex. My main concern is streaming local media (BD ISO & .mkv) from my NAS with the ability to bitstream HD Audio. The Boxee Box failed miserably at HD Audio and it seems that the A300 has issues so Im skeptical of the A400 as well. With the Mac Mini I may not get DTS-MA or DD True HD but it will convert to LPCM.

Just wish I never bought into the Boxee hype and went with a HTPC a long time ago.
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The A-300 does hd audio fine in MKV. The A-400 uses a different chip, so we'll have to see when it's out in a few weeks.

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I plan to continue using my Boxee Boxes and C200. But I also have an A400 on pre-order as well. My older devices will still work like they always have. At least until they break down. But so far my Boxee Boxes are almost 2 years old and my C200 is almost 3 years old. And they have not had any problems. At least not yet.

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I have two Boxee Box and one them the NIC card died (using wireless) but it's just matter of time before something happens to the 2nd box dies as well. I'll ride it out until then but I want to be ready to pull the trigger on a new streamer when it happens. I look forward to seeing reviews on the A400
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The A-300 does hd audio fine in MKV. The A-400 uses a different chip, so we'll have to see when it's out in a few weeks.

Im looking at a new box as well, sorry to thread jack, but what are your thoughts on the Popbox V8?? Probably not as powerful as the A300/A400 but paired with a Roku would it be a good solution? Ive pretty much given up on a chance for an all and one when I replace my Boxee Box....
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I've tried out the PopBox v8 and it isn't bad. Nice UI, does hd audio, etc. It doesn't have a true jukebox however, and it's low on Syabas' radar in terms of support. If you're coming from Boxee, you are better off with Mede8er's 450X2 or a PCH A-300 for 2D. For 3D, Mede8er's 1000X3D is the player to beat right now. Mede8er's support is second to none. Will PCH A-400 be better? We'll find out in a few weeks.

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I've tried out the PopBox v8 and it isn't bad. Nice UI, does hd audio, etc. It doesn't have a true jukebox however, and it's low on Syabas' radar in terms of support. If you're coming from Boxee, you are better off with Mede8er's 450X2 or a PCH A-300 for 2D. For 3D, Mede8er's 1000X3D is the player to beat right now. Mede8er's support is second to none. Will PCH A-400 be better? We'll find out in a few weeks.

I wouldn't suggest the A300. I would suggest the A200 or A210 if you can find one. The A300 is too much of a PIA to set up with your shares specially if you are using Win 7.

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Hi,
I am also thinking to replace the Boxee.
The main feature I am looking is Automatic Subtitles Download.
Does anyone know any Good Player with this feature?
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