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Streaming 101 - which "box" is best for me?

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I am sure this question has been asked/answered a zillion times, and sorry for sounding like a complete dunce, but I need help in this area.

I currently have 3 TVs in my house: 1) my main HT system in the basement, 2) my upstairs family room and 3) my bedroom.

The TV in my main system is a so-called "SMART" Samsung, which is wi-fi capable (or wired); I believe my upstairs TV is wi-fi capable, but does not have smart-hub; bedroom TV has no wi-fi.

Currently, in my main system, I have my Samsung BD player connected via ethernet (to my AVR by HDMI, then to my TV by HDMI), which I use to stream Netflix, etc. It works fine (I have wireless in my house, but the wireless router is upstairs and the wireless signal downstairs isn't always the best). The issue is that I want to be able to stream netflix et al to at least one (if not both) the other TV locations.

Initially, I just planned to buy wi-fi/ethernet BD players for these locations and call it a day. But, then I got to wondering whether there is a better "whole home" solution?


The "boxes" I know of are Apple TV, Roku, Boxee, & WD; but I really know jack-all about how they actually work (other than the fact that they connect to the internet smile.gif ). Can any of these be connected to multiple TVs? Do they connect via HDMI?

Is this just all too much work/too stupid of a question to continue with??


Any advice/guidance/helpful comments are appreciated.
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They connect via HDMI, and I would suggest to look at powerline ethernet adapters. I don't like using wireless for media streaming unless I am using iPad, iPhone or Squeezebox.
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I think wireless is limited to a resolution of 720p. Good but not bluray, which is 1080p.
Do you want to stream bluray quality? Are your TVs 2 and 3 1080p, "true HD"?
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