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View Poll Results: What Device(s) Do You Use to Stream Video?
Blu-ray player 147 35.94%
Computer 159 38.88%
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%
TV 83 20.29%
Other 34 8.31%
I don't stream video 35 8.56%
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post #1 of 57 Old 06-12-2014, 07:31 PM - Thread Starter
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What Device(s) Do You Use to Stream Video?



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?
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Does Video on Demand from FIOS, TWC, Comcast, Dish or Direct TV count as "streaming video"?
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I use Amazon Prime for a streaming service on our Xbox 360, PS3, and PC (with JRiver MC19). I also stream HD locally with XBMC, OpenElec/XBMC, and JRiver MC19 to all locations in our home via a Cisco Business class gigabit switch. Not quite sure how I would do that in the poll... As other?

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Scott, one thing that is clear from one of your previous polls is that the vast majority of AVS Forum members prefer Blu-ray period.


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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Does Video on Demand from FIOS, TWC, Comcast, Dish or Direct TV count as "streaming video"?
That's not what I'm asking about in this poll.

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Scott, one thing that is clear from one of your previous polls is that the vast majority of AVS Forum members prefer Blu-ray period.


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.
The majority of AVS members do prefer Blu-ray, that's obvious. But many also stream as a convenience, hence this poll. As for your other comment, you clearly fall into the "excoriate" camp. You are not alone, but your opinion is not unanimous.
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I use Amazon Prime for a streaming service on our Xbox 360, PS3, and PC (with JRiver MC19). I also stream HD locally with XBMC, OpenElec/XBMC, and JRiver MC19 to all locations in our home via a Cisco Business class gigabit switch. Not quite sure how I would do that in the poll... As other?
I would consider that "game console" and "computer." My setup is pretty much the same, and those are the devices I chose.
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My OPPO BDP-93 Streams TV shows from VUDO and Netflix. I originally got the OPPO strictly for playing BD but when I unplugged (from Dish Network) I discovered how great it's streaming was.

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).

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The only thing I stream is Netflix and HBOgo from my PS3 and it does an excellent job of it.

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I watch movies from Netflix, Amazon and Vudu on our Roku box.
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!

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I run Playstation 3 Media Server on my PC which I use to stream video (and pics and music) to my PS3.

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I voted computer, game console, smart TV, and other (iPad and Android phone). If I were to put that in order of what I most commonly use, it would go...

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.
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I do everything with my HTPC. This means no on-demand, so if the tuning adapter drops out and I miss a show, my only option is streaming. This is the only use I have for streaming video.

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I chose computer however it's actually a server (WHS) where I store ripped BD's and stream to various devices - Popcorn Hour, Dune, and my tablet via JRiver (both at home and away)

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I stream Netflix, Redbull.tv, and Youtube with my Western Digital Live. I really like this little box. The only replacement I would consider is a HTPC if I had some money to spend.

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Apple TV for Netflix Streaming and iTunes store content
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.
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Well I screwed up. Voted for Blu-ray & game console which I do use but then conveniently remembered that I use my phone to stream more than anything else.
I rarely stream, if I do I use Gizmo-(Jriver) on my phone.
Streaming is not for me.
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I voted both for PS3 and TV and also I DONT STREAM. That's because for the most part I very much dislike streaming, and only do it on the rare occasion as a last resort. If at all possible I will try to get my hands on a bluray.


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.

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The majority of AVS members do prefer Blu-ray, that's obvious. But many also stream as a convenience, hence this poll. As for your other comment, you clearly fall into the "excoriate" camp. You are not alone, but your opinion is not unanimous.
That's very true still when adding up the numbers it will based on income (number of devices), and whether you are computer savvy, which surprisingly a large amount of consumers are not.

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.

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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.

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What is your main video display?
What AV electronics do you use?
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Where do you get your movies?
How many separate subwoofers in your main home theater?
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Neo TV sl 550. Bought for Vudu ability. Vudu has the highest quality picture/ audio out of all the streamers.

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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