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post #241 of 309
Hi guys:

I was planning to buy a media server which can:

1. Play almost all video files using my 2.5" HD or an USB drive.
2. Play almost all audio files.
3. Plays youtube/amazon movies/ netflix
4. and has a wifi built in.

Can anyone please recommend one? I was planning to get ZINBOX 5005HD , though it doesn't play netflix. I can live with that. Thanks!
post #242 of 309
Have you had a look at the D-Link Media Lounge DSM-510? I think it would address all your criteria.
post #243 of 309
Can someone tell me more about zintv- ZIN-5005HD?, sounds pretty impressive.

What does this sentence mean :

Stream and Play Live Video over the Internet with Third-Party Software:

"Browse and play video from most popular Internet video websites like Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and more. ZIN-5005HD is a DLNA v1.5-certified device, so it supports plug-and-play with media managed by DMS (Digital Media Server) software such as PlayOn and Tversity. (Installation of third-party DLNA DMS software like PlayOn or Tversity on your PC or laptop is required for this added functionality.)"
post #244 of 309
This is the same unit (or close to it) as the Brite-view Cinematube.

The third party software means that if you run media server software like Playon on your PC, you can access Netflix, etc., via that.
post #245 of 309
When is the last time the Media Player Comparison Grid was updated?
It seems a bit outdated.
post #246 of 309
Judging from the edit date, I would say over a year ago. I ended up going to http://www.iboum.com/index.php for my research for media players.
post #247 of 309
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Originally Posted by mather View Post

Judging from the edit date, I would say over a year ago. I ended up going to http://www.iboum.com/index.php for my research for media players.

Thanks a bunch!
I've learned quite a bit with iboum the past couple of days.
post #248 of 309
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Originally Posted by realJesus View Post

Can someone tell me more about zintv- ZIN-5005HD?, sounds pretty impressive.

What does this sentence mean :

Stream and Play Live Video over the Internet with :

"Browse and play video from most popular Internet video websites like Amazon Video on Demand, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and more. ZIN-5005HD is a DLNA v1.5-certified device, so it supports plug-and-play with media managed by DMS (Digital Media Server) software such as PlayOn and Tversity. (Installation of third-party DLNA DMS software like PlayOn or Tversity on your PC or laptop is required for this added functionality.)"

This means it can stream from your computer playing one of those "Third-Party Software" solutions......which in my mind is the opposite idea of having a media player....it you need to have a PC streaming for things to work, throw out the media player and build a HTPC.

I'm with you....I want a decent streamer (doesn't have to run 30+ streams) but I want youtube and some web abilities!
post #249 of 309
I am looking into a media player and just starting to familiarize myself with the capabilities and limitations. I dont see any game consoles listed here for comparison. I understand they are game consoles first but can be setup as media servers. Forgive my ignorance, but what are the benefits of getting a stand alone media player over a Xbox360 or PS3? It appears at first glance a game console would be a better return for my money but there must be features/benefits that I have not come to find yet. Thanks in advance for the info.
post #250 of 309
The game consoles play much less content than the media players can.
But every device has it's positives and negatives. Alot depends on what file types you use as to what is best for you.
post #251 of 309
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

The game consoles play much less content than the media players can.
But every device has it's positives and negatives. Alot depends on what file types you use as to what is best for you.

personally, i would use the player mainly to stream netflix, play ripped dvds/blurays, and hd tv shows. do you know where i could find the supported filetypes for a side-by-side of the ps3 and xbox?
post #252 of 309
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Originally Posted by jmitchell1 View Post

personally, i would use the player mainly to stream netflix, play ripped dvds/blurays, and hd tv shows. do you know where i could find the supported filetypes for a side-by-side of the ps3 and xbox?

If you want to make your life easy you'll drop the PS3 and XBOX for media streaming. I have both and you have to do a fair bit of work and compromises to quality to get compatibility.

If you don't need blu-ray menus and high def audio the WDTV Live Plus is a good inexpensive option and it supports netflix. If you need high def audio and blu-ray menu support then you have to look at something like a PCH C-200 or Dune 3.0 but I'm not sure if either of these support Netflix. However, these two are the only players I know of that support full BD menus and bitstreaming of high def audio.
post #253 of 309
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Originally Posted by EVT View Post

If you want to make your life easy you'll drop the PS3 and XBOX for media streaming. I have both and you have to do a fair bit of work and compromises to quality to get compatibility.

If you don't need blu-ray menus and high def audio the WDTV Live Plus is a good inexpensive option and it supports netflix. If you need high def audio and blu-ray menu support then you have to look at something like a PCH C-200 or Dune 3.0 but I'm not sure if either of these support Netflix. However, these two are the only players I know of that support full BD menus and bitstreaming of high def audio.


What about if the Xbox/PS3 was used to host the media and play it back? does that setup allow you to get high quality without compromise or much leg work? and are you referring to using the xbox/ps3 as the player or using the it as the server?
i currently do not have a need for hd audio or bluray menus.
post #254 of 309
Lots of new Dune players...

http://dune-hd.com/index.php?do=players
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post #256 of 309
Thanks for those links.
post #257 of 309
http://www.netgem.com/pdf/Product_sheet_N8000.pdf


Tuner: 2
Reception: 2xDVB -C, -T2, -T+C or -S2
Processor: Sigma Design SMP8655 | Broadcom BC7413
Frequency: 500MHz | 450MHz
Memory Flash: 128MB | 32MB
Memory RAM: 256 | 256
Hard drive: 25 HDD variable size
Audio/Video
post #258 of 309
post #259 of 309
Does anyone know the difference between the new WD Elements Play and the WD TV Live line of products? Does anyone know availability and pricing? Western Digital classes it as a multimedia drive compared to WD TV Live which it classes as a media player.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=863
post #260 of 309
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Originally Posted by Raddle View Post

Does anyone know the difference between the new WD Elements Play and the WD TV Live line of products? Does anyone know availability and pricing? Western Digital classes it as a multimedia drive compared to WD TV Live which it classes as a media player.

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.asp?driveid=863


WD Elements Play can only be used with an internal SATA hard drive and external USB Hard drive. This is NOT a Network MEdia Player... I'm not sure but it may also have a RealTek CPU.

The WDTV Live is a network media player. It supports external USB Hard Drives and is able to stream media files, transfer, and play from a server or pc from your home network while its connected via your home router....
post #261 of 309
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Originally Posted by sgvroadster View Post


WD Elements Play can only be used with an internal SATA hard drive and external USB Hard drive. This is NOT a Network MEdia Player... I'm not sure but it may also have a RealTek CPU.

The WDTV Live is a network media player. It supports external USB Hard Drives and is able to stream media files, transfer, and play from a server or pc from your home network while its connected via your home router....

Does it do high def audio?
post #262 of 309
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Originally Posted by zoro View Post

Does it do high def audio?

I don't own both Western Digital Players. But here is a link showing the specs of them.

Wester Digital Live:
http://www.iboum.com/pr/WDTV2-LIVE.php

Western Digital Element:
http://www.iboum.com/pr/wdtv-elephant-play.php

Also there are some threads on these media players on this AVS Forum... maybe you go in one of them and ask the owners of these Western Digitals.
post #263 of 309
I have a media gate HD800 and a Argosy HV335T. I love the Argosy and at about $90 its a bargain. Never had a problem with it and also used it in an RV for playback to an LCD TV.
The media gate has always had problems, it took several firmware updates to get it to finally be stable but it lacks one thing (Shuffle or Random playing of ALL music files)

What I need is a media player that can do what Itunes or an Ipod does, it can shuffle or random play all folders. The above units will only shuffle or random play the same folder. So if you have a folder of say the Beatles mixed in with other folders and names it will only shuffle that folder music files.

I'd be happy to share info or answer questions about the two units I have.

Does anyone know of a media player that shuffles ALL FOLDERS? Thank you
post #264 of 309
I have to say that since Prodigi replaced the remote control for their device, navigating through its menus has become much easier. I was thinking of selling mine but I'm back on board.
post #265 of 309
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Originally Posted by derkdiggler View Post

I have a media gate HD800 and a Argosy HV335T. I love the Argosy and at about $90 its a bargain. Never had a problem with it and also used it in an RV for playback to an LCD TV.
The media gate has always had problems, it took several firmware updates to get it to finally be stable but it lacks one thing (Shuffle or Random playing of ALL music files)

What I need is a media player that can do what Itunes or an Ipod does, it can shuffle or random play all folders. The above units will only shuffle or random play the same folder. So if you have a folder of say the Beatles mixed in with other folders and names it will only shuffle that folder music files.

I'd be happy to share info or answer questions about the two units I have.

Does anyone know of a media player that shuffles ALL FOLDERS? Thank you

The answer is yes if you use a media server like Twonky, for example. Twonky shuffles, random plays, all music, all photos, all videos, if that's what you want... Al
post #266 of 309
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Originally Posted by derkdiggler View Post

I have a media gate HD800 and a Argosy HV335T. I love the Argosy and at about $90 its a bargain. Never had a problem with it and also used it in an RV for playback to an LCD TV.
The media gate has always had problems, it took several firmware updates to get it to finally be stable but it lacks one thing (Shuffle or Random playing of ALL music files)

I have a Popcorn Hour A-110 and have been less than pleased with it. My 2 biggest complaints are no native ISO support and no out of the box cover flow support in the menu (took me way too long to set something up on the PC, and then it never worked quite right).

So I just built an HTPC, since most of my content is BD ISOs, and I have been content since. I also have an Xbox and PS3 and agree with the comments above... it's not worth it for standard DVD content.

Now I am looking at the latest options, and I don't see this Argosy unit in the comparison grid on page 1. It does look very promising, especially at $80 shipped, it seems to have everything I need:

- Blu-ray 1080p support
- Native BD ISO support (no need to mount ISO images first)
- DVD-style remote (perfect for the technology-challenged family members who are intimidated at the thought of using an HTPC). This is the #1 reason for me to move away from current HTPC solution
- Cover flow out of the box, that actually works, and looks up synopsis info accurately (I hope)
- Absolutely no need for internet streaming services like Netflix (that's what I have Xbox for)

Can you please confirm bullets 2 and 4 above please?

EDIT: Just went out to iboum and I see that while ISO is supported, this model does not support ISO for BD (only DVD), bummer. Well, that kills it for me, back to the drawing board.
post #267 of 309
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Originally Posted by derkdiggler View Post

What I need is a media player that can do what Itunes or an Ipod does, it can shuffle or random play all folders.

Does anyone know of a media player that shuffles ALL FOLDERS? Thank you

Have you looked into the old AppleTV, the first generation? Since it has up to a 160 GB hard drive, and of course iTunes, it should meet your needs. You should be able to pick one up for about $80 with the 160 GB drive.

Then, if you really want to have fun with it, hack it using aTV, look here for details:
http://firecore.com/index.php
post #268 of 309
Greetings

i'm doing some research before I buy and am excited about the options but I have some questions. Some of my favorite tv shows are on USA/TNT. What provider has these shows available in HD? For example, White Collar, In Plain Sight, Closer.

thanks in advance.
post #269 of 309
You might want to look into a player with HULU+. AFAIK Sony has one with HULU+. But I don't really like the Sony one as I'm having trouble with it today. Roku is not bad but it's a pure streamer meaning you can't play any files you have downloaded. WDTV Live Hub is the other option but it is pretty pricey. I'm sure if you wait on it there will be a lot more options in the coming few months.

The other machine, Google TV, they have a dedicated TNT channel but as far as what's on it I have no idea. Also the Google TV run 200+ if I'm not mistaken.
post #270 of 309
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Originally Posted by Rugged1 View Post

I'm doing some research before I buy and am excited about the options but I have some questions. Some of my favorite tv shows are on USA/TNT. What provider has these shows available in HD? For example, White Collar, In Plain Sight, Closer.

There is not single provider yet.
Some shows, e.g. Lost, are available on Netflix.
There are a lot of them on Hulu. How you access Hulu is a different matter entirely. Some are willing to pay for Hulu Plus subscription. I'm on the other hand run Playon and access Hulu for free. White Collar is there.
Full episodes of Closer are not available on Hulu, only short clips. Closer is on TNT.tv - 4 full episodes. But for that you need HTPC. Dish has own website - dishonline.com - where they have 7 full episodes, but you have to be subscriber of Dish and HTPC also.
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