Originally Posted by reddice
Mike maybe you should look into replaying that old Phat PS3 with a Slim. I have the first PS3 Slim 120gb model which I updated the HD to 320gb. I think it only uses 80 watts and it still is the best Netflix player out of all of them.
I don't play PS3 games enough to warrant spending $250 or more upgrading. Even the Super Slim seems to draw 65W while playing Netflix, several times what a BD player would, nearly 20 times what a Roku 3 does.
I think that both Sony and MS are rumored to be planning an inexpensive A/V-oriented release of their current gen consoles this year; MS' is supposed to be DVD-less. It'll be interesting to see what those cost.
I might look into the new WDTV if it has the same UI as the PS3 and if it has a up to four minute buffer. What is the price and can I get it from Amazon? Anything got to be better than the Roku 3.
I don't believe that the PS3 has a 4 minute buffer; I'm sure that mine doesn't (although it's hard to compare since I can't prevent it sending me Super HD at a %50 higher bit rate). I don't think that your watching the activity light on your router is accurate. When you think the buffer's full, unplug its network cable and time how long it continues playing.
The WD TV Live does not have the PS3's latest fancy UI features, doesn't start streams as fast or immediately leap to the highest possible video encode bit rate.Edited by michaeltscott - 6/4/13 at 2:40pm