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Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-10-2014, 11:34 AM
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Posted By smitbret
Set a template in Handbrake and it takes less...

Set a template in Handbrake and it takes less than a minute. I like to queue up a lot of projects and let them run over the course of a week or so if possible.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-10-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By smitbret
I agree, I would never try to stream BR Rips over...

I agree, I would never try to stream BR Rips over wireless N. I've never been able to have good, stable playback that let me FF/Rew, etc. with any kind of quality even when running 20/40MHz from my...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-10-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 95
Posted By smitbret
Agreed with OpenELEC/XBMC. I overclock mine to...

Agreed with OpenELEC/XBMC. I overclock mine to 1050MHz but I cut a hole in the top of my case and attached an old 40mm case fan that I swiped from an old HDD External Enclosure. I power it from the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-08-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 6,140
Views: 313,467
Posted By smitbret
That's based on my settings. I can easily set it...

That's based on my settings. I can easily set it up to re encode in faster than real time, but I choose to be more aggressive with my settings. I don't rip hundreds of BRs so if I do 1 every week or...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-08-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By smitbret
To keep it simple, you'll want to get the best...

To keep it simple, you'll want to get the best router which means you'll probably want:

NetGear R7000
or
Asus RT AC66U
or
Asus RT AC68U

Either way, your gonna be into the router about...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-08-2014, 05:37 AM
Replies: 6,140
Views: 313,467
Posted By smitbret
I watch most of my stuff on a 50" plasma from...

I watch most of my stuff on a 50" plasma from about 8-10 feet away. I actually squeezed my Man of Steel BR down to a hair below 9GB and it looks fine to me. A lot of it is going to be dependent on...
Forum: HDTV Programming   07-07-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 783
Posted By smitbret
I work for DirecTV's Advanced Troubleshooting...

I work for DirecTV's Advanced Troubleshooting department and would be happy answer any specific questions that you might have. Also, be aware that the further south you live, the better your signal...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-07-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6,140
Views: 313,467
Posted By smitbret
Yep, everything I do gets ME-UMH and most get the...

Yep, everything I do gets ME-UMH and most get the sub-ME 10.

But, you are 100% correct. I just used sizes to give relative examples.

As far as transcoding on the fly, you'd need something...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-06-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6,140
Views: 313,467
Posted By smitbret
While true, his perception may change in the...

While true, his perception may change in the future. I chose my words carefully when I made this statement to keep it as neutral as possible. Qualtity is not the same as Perceived Quality.

I...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-04-2014, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6,140
Views: 313,467
Posted By smitbret
It is not the same quality. You may PERCEIVE the...

It is not the same quality. You may PERCEIVE the same quality but it isn't.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   07-04-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By smitbret
Your issue is probably just a BIOS issue and...

Your issue is probably just a BIOS issue and won't support a BOOT DRIVE larger than 2TB. If you can boot from something else, you should probably be able to use the full 3TB once you are into the OS.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-28-2014, 06:10 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,675
Posted By smitbret
I have been messing with my Pi since February and...

I have been messing with my Pi since February and I haven't had much in the way of problems with local playback. I should probably have clarified in my previous comments. I can playback local media...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-27-2014, 03:28 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,675
Posted By smitbret
If you're already invested in the WDTV Live at...

If you're already invested in the WDTV Live at multiple locations, then the payoff probably won't be huge. I wouldn't call it radically different and cool. It's more like taking the Scenic Route...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-27-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,675
Posted By smitbret
Yes

Yes
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-27-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,664
Posted By smitbret
XBMC can be as easy or as complicated as you'd...

XBMC can be as easy or as complicated as you'd like. Installation is the most difficult part, especially if you want a dedicated box that boots right into XBMC (like OpenELEC), rather than a system...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-27-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,675
Posted By smitbret
It is awesome. I haven't ever noticed any noise...

It is awesome. I haven't ever noticed any noise from it.

It doesn't have an IR receiver in it so I added a FLIRC for $22. It's sensitive enough that I actually have it installed on one of the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-27-2014, 07:00 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,675
Posted By smitbret
I was using Mezzmo with my WDTV Live Hub, too. ...

I was using Mezzmo with my WDTV Live Hub, too. The lack of support for metadata by the WDTV Live Hub is a big reason I dumped the WDTV Live Hub for the Asus Chromebox with OpenELEC (XBMC). The...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-27-2014, 06:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By smitbret
I was looking at this dilemma for awhile and...

I was looking at this dilemma for awhile and eventually settled on an Asus Chromebox running OpenELEC. Went with it because the $170 version has a dual-core, Haswell based Celeron instead of the ARM...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-24-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,675
Posted By smitbret
Yep, just replaced my WDTV Live Hub with a...

Yep, just replaced my WDTV Live Hub with a Chromebox running XBMC. Just couldn't wait any longer for a WDTV Live with enough horsepower to scroll through my library without having to 4 wait seconds...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-23-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 345
Posted By smitbret
Not sure, but it has played all of the following...

Not sure, but it has played all of the following so far:

.mkv
.mp4
.m4v
.m2ts
.avi
.mpg

I haven't checked any .flv files, yet. There may be some incompatible streams within the...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-23-2014, 05:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 345
Posted By smitbret
Just replaced my WDTV Live Hub with a Chromebox...

Just replaced my WDTV Live Hub with a Chromebox running OpenELEC over the weekend.

<Two Thumbs Up>

Chromebox $169.99
FLIRC $22.99
Whatever Remote Control you have on hand $0.00
or
Just...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-22-2014, 11:43 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,664
Posted By smitbret
Just make sure it is the WDTV Live and you should...

Just make sure it is the WDTV Live and you should have NetFlix. The new one lacks the Live and doesn't have NetFlix.
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-22-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,664
Posted By smitbret
Yep, that's probably the best box for local...

Yep, that's probably the best box for local playback as you will find, short of an HTPC.

And just to throw in my 2 Cents......

I've been playing back uncompressed BR Rips in .mkv and .m2ts...
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-19-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By smitbret
I think you are really overstating needs for a...

I think you are really overstating needs for a headless media server.

The least expensive i3 or even a Richland CPU paired with a decent motherboard would do just fine for relatively little money....
Forum: Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming   06-18-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 180
Posted By smitbret
You only have to have 1 parity drive, regardless...

You only have to have 1 parity drive, regardless of how many data drives. However, the more Data Drives you have, the higher the likelihood of drive failure, followed by a 2nd failure during the...
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