|View Poll Results: What Device(s) Do You Use to Stream Video?|
|Dedicated box (e.g., Roku, Apple TV)||203||49.63%|
|Game console (e.g., PlayStation, Xbox)||141||34.47%|
|Streaming stick (e.g., Chromecast, Roku Stick)||50||12.22%|
|I don't stream video||35||8.56%|
|Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 409. You may not vote on this poll|
Online streaming content can be viewed using various devices in a home theater. Which one(s) do you use? Take our poll!
The comments flooding into Mark Henninger's revelation that he has transitioned completely away from Blu-ray in favor of online content are very enlightening. Some applaud his bravery and forward-looking approach, while others excoriate him for abandoning the best delivery medium available today. Still others find themselves somewhere in the middle, seeing the value of online content for certain things while cherishing their Blu-rays of favorite titles.
One thing is clear—most AVS members stream video content in their home theater at least sometimes. And of course, that content can be accessed using a variety of devices, including so-called smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, dedicated set-top boxes, and computers. So my question for you this week is, what device(s) do you use to stream video? As always, I'd love to know which models you use and why you chose them.
Note: This is a multiple-choice poll, so you can select all the device types you use to stream video.
If you haven't participated in our previous home-theater system polls, I encourage you to do so:
What is your main video display?
What AV electronics do you use?
What is your main speaker configuration?
What source devices do you use in your main HT?
Where do you get your movies?
How many separate subwoofers in your main home theater?
Where do you place your subwoofer(s)?
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Last edited by Scott Wilkinson; 06-12-2014 at 07:39 PM.
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I hardly call Mark ditching Blu-ray a sign of "bravery". If you ask me, he basically jettisoned the best quality audio/video format available today for cheapness and convenience. End of story.
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My HT connected computer plays the occasional misc video off the web and TV episodes of shows I want to try before I buy on VUDO or BD or get from Netflix. Now that I have the OPPO I don't use the HTPC as much but that might change when work slows down and I binge watch TV shows, I'm not sure how I'll be viewing the TV shows I want to watch, but I'm sure happy not to have that Dish bill any more (my Dish experience was good but my life style changed and it no longer made since).
Cheers (wine glass emoticon here)
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I find that Vudu has the best picture but a lot of times it comes down to which service had the flick I'm looking for on-line.
We watch old TV series on Hulu Plus
And of course (drum roll….) I watch Scott on Twit TV every Thursday for Home Theater Geeks. When I was a kid, I'd sneak into my parents bedroom to watch reruns of Star Trek on Thursday afternoons instead of doing my homework. Now it's 40 years later and I'm sneaking out of our home office to watch HTG instead of doing the bookkeeping - some things never change!
Last edited by Peterc613; 06-12-2014 at 10:25 PM.
1) iPad 60% (Crackle, ABC Channel app, History Channel.com, Home Theater Geeks episodes, NHL.com, ESPN360, YouTube, Flixster, etc.)
2) Computer 30% (same as iPad)
3) smart TV's built-in apps 5% (movies and TV shows from Crackle, Vudu, and Amazon Instant Video)
4) Android phone 4% (primarily sports highlights and videos people send links to via. Facebook)
5) Xbox 360 - 1% (used it to stream a TV show using Xbox Video once)
I also redeem the digital copies included with my Blu-Ray purchases as downloads from the iTunes store when available. However, this isn't technically streaming so I didn't include it in the percentages above.
Are you planning to do a poll asking people what devices people use for streaming audio as well? If you include that, I would add my AVR to the list. I typically stream audio from Pandora, iTunes Radio, and TuneIn Radio, though I have also used iHeart Radio, Slacker, Rhapsody, Xbox Music, and a few others in the past. For the music I own, 99% of it was ripped from my CD collection, but I have started downloading music from iTunes in the past year since the quality has gone up and it has become harder to find the actual CD's in a store. I could see downloads becoming my primary means of acquiring new music, but it will take something like 20+ years or so before the number of tracks I have downloaded will equal the number I have on CD, assuming I download over 150 tracks a year.
Descartes' corollary: I don't think very much, therefore I may not be.
Playstation 3 for Amazon Instant Video
Most movie viewing is done via Blu Ray in the mail from Netflix, though - streaming is for catching up on TV or the occasional impulse watch. My Netflix disc queue is pretty full, and only about 20% of the titles in my queue are available in the streaming library.
Last edited by LDizzle; 06-13-2014 at 09:51 AM.
Bedroom TV: Roku 3 for streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. / Mede8er 450 for streaming Bluray and DVD rips from unRaid server.
Home Theater: Dune Base 3.0 for streaming Bluray and DVD rips from unRaid server.
Bedroom: Sony NSX32-GT1 1st-gen Google TV for Netflix.
Both also have Plex installed for local streaming from my Synology DS412+ NAS running Plex Media Server.
On the other hand my kids use the PS3 to stream quite often.
I also use my TV/Android to mirror UTUBE videos on occasion.
Last edited by wattheF; 06-13-2014 at 12:49 PM.
BTW I do not consider iPhones/tablets in the computer category. You should have probably made a separate category for that, because you have both laptop/desktop users versus people who never bought a computer and simply live with a iPhone/iPad for everything they do away from work.
I agree with the many that Blu-ray is still king, still for convenience and economics you can't slight a AV type from saying some streaming is acceptable for some purposes. Honestly some streaming is a lot better PQ then HDTV broadcasts, and thats where some people are pleased. But comparing any well mastered Blu-ray to a stream, its a no contest if you got a good system, specially AQ wise.
That said, I wont waste a good movie on a stream. I've got too much invested in sound to waste on a compressed audio track.
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