Originally Posted by Guitar1969
I'm about to pick up one of these units - need to find the right deal. Is there anything the mini version can't do that the bigger version can. I see that the bigger version has component outs which would help me with my older TV. Lastly, I am assuming the usb dongle can do b/g wireless as well as N. I am still running g but will be upgrading soon to N. I am only looking at up to 720p at this time so I should be okay with G at the moment right?
I 've looked at so many different streamers but keep coming back to this unit - The only thing that was holding me off is reports that the UI was bad, but is it true there has been an update to it - I looked on youtube for a video of the new UI but couldn't find one. I need it to be family friendly.
Also, one of the newegg reviewers made a comment about a big limitation that he supposedly confirmed with Briteview:"Cannot play 1080p over network if bitrate over 30mbit. While some report they can, offically this product only supports 12 mbit MP4 or VC-1 over network. Very small print in a chart hidden on website. Tech support wasn't aware until I pointed it out. Simply cannot do blu-ray rips over network most of time. Have to copy to USB drive and play from the device itself. The above kind of defeats the purpose of "Network Media tank" doesn't it. Check for media tanks based on SIGMA processor if you want functional 1080 HD over network as this problem seems to be prevelant with NMTs based on the REALTEK processor. "
Is this true, as that is a big limitation.
@Guitar1969: besides the physical difference, the mini unit comes with internet radio and TV channels under the "Bonus Features" section. There has been one UI update and another one is on its way, although because the 2nd one will be a major "makeover", it will be released as a beta version first. If you see the CinemaTube's product page
on our website, you'll find the current UI screen shots.
The WiFi dongle (802.11N) can backward support B and G.
Also for streaming performance over the network, please see a detailed chart on the same product page
, under the "Wireless USB Adapter" tab.
The performance is not necessarily because of the chip; it also depends very on the network environment as well.