Join Date: Mar 2009
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Well thought out article. It's laid out in a sensible format too.
I've tried several media streamers in my days. My first was a Boxee Box, if anyone remembers that one. It streamed SO MUCH!!! But alas they never came out with a version 2. And the 1st version was riddled with bugs. Because of it's ability to import so many 3rd party apps, it was the most useful device I have ever seen.
I've tried the Roku, WD TV, WD Live, Apple TV and the Raspberry Pi. None of them come close to what the Boxee offered.
I do still use my Raspberry Pi from time to time as it comes with a built in CEC adapter which allows you to use your TV's remote control (if your TV has a built in CEC adapter too) instead of needing another remote control cluttering up everything. However with the Raspberry Pi, the USB connections aren't powerful enough to run external HDD's. They just don't have enough electrical power to keep them spinning and search for data. They have no problem with USB sticks though.
So instead I opted to build a HTPC instead. It cost way more than the prepackaged media streamers, but it does SO MUCH MORE than any of them could possibly do. You can load it with Plex or Kodi, have tons of storage connected to it or connect it to a NAS/Server, and view pretty much any media streaming providers out there. Just to let people out there know that this is a possible route to go as well. Especially for the other comments about streaming from their PC's, this is definitely the way to go. They are relatively small, really quiet, and super powerful.
Sir, are you listed as human?
Negative! I am a meat popsicle.