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Blockbuster on demand, Century link, and HTPC

post #1 of 4
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I want to try and stream movies from Blockbuster. I have century link (used to be Qwest) and a high speed wireless connection, or at least they claim it is. I also have an older HTPC which I spent $2k on few years ago. Stuff in it is still high quality, 1Mg of Ramm, 2Ghz CPU, Radeon 9800 graphics card and Win XP SP2.
I want to add a wireless router card to it and try and stream blockbuster instead of waiting 2 months to get a new release. Has anyone tried this?
We tried it with Netflix + Wii box and it sucked = 15 minutes of content followed by a 10 minute "loading" slider bar.
my questions are specifically about

1) Century link, is it good enough to stream HD movies

2) can I download the whole movie, then watch it, or do I have to stream it and hope the connection is rock solid?
post #2 of 4
Blockbuster? Are they still in business? tongue.gif

On an HTPC, you may not be allowed to get HD with some services.

What speed is your Century Link rated for? You may get basic SD with 1.5M, but HD basically needs 6M or higher for 1080p. Maybe 3-4 for 720p.

Most services no longer offer a 'download' option. Streaming is basically the thing now as it makes illegal copying more difficult.
post #3 of 4
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they're claiming "12 Mbps Service- CenturyLink Connect Titanium"

So even if that's only half true I should still be able to easily do 720P with no stutters or slide bars interrupting the movie.
Blockbuster web-site is awful though, looks like some kind of Best buy add from the sunday paper with no useful information. Just big adds to dazzle small brains . This is all they tell you

Requires Flash 10 on supported browsers: Internet Explorer 6 and above, Firefox 3 and above, and Chrome 5 and above for PC and Mac, and Safari 4 and above for Mac
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Originally Posted by draganm View Post

1Mg of Ramm, 2Ghz CPU, Radeon 9800 graphics card and Win XP SP2.

If that's correct then that hardware dates back far more than a few years and isn't adequate for modern HTPC use. XP isn't really adequate either, Flash specifically has been borked on it for sometime and you don't get full hardware acceleration with various video formats or web browsers.
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