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Which Media Streamer Works Best With A Limited Internet Connection

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Hey folks,

I'm picking up a media streamer for my 70 year old mother. Has to be simple to use, reliable, and support most video file types/codecs. Also must have HDMI and a full size USB to play videos off of. Target price is around $100. Only thing is, she lives in the boondocks, so the only internet she has is a cellular mifi from Verizon with a 5GB cap per month. As a result the Media Streamer must support Wifi out of the box but only use very minimal amount of data in it's background usage (assuming she doesn't load a Netflix/YouTube movie obviously). Otherwise the Media Streamer must work well without any internet connection at all and she just wouldn't connect.

Suggestions? WDTV Live? Roku? I don't know how these would work without internet, or if internet was on, how much data they transfer just by turning the thing on. A couple of hundred megabytes transferred per month is fine, but 1GB is a problem.

Thanks
Edited by nullqwerty - 6/13/12 at 7:15am
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Any media player will do fine with an external hard drive or networked connection. I would not recommend watching movies over the internet because you will go over 5 GB quickly.

I did a little review of some inexpensive media players here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1411963/budget-media-players
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Yep, not Roku as it's Internet consumption focused. And, since you mention your mom being 70, something with an easier user interface than others, so Boxee Box or WD TV Live Streaming Player.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. I'm leaning towards the WD TV Live. One question though...if it doesn't support HD audio and your video file has HD audio, will it still play but just come out as standard DD 5.1?

Thanks
post #5 of 6
Micca EP 600 G2. The WD's firmware is horrifically rubbish. Just look at the forums.
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Thanks guys. I'm leaning towards the WD TV Live. One question though...if it doesn't support HD audio and your video file has HD audio, will it still play but just come out as standard DD 5.1?
Thanks

It will bitstream TrueHD, but will extract DTS Core 5.1 from DTS-MA.
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