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post #31 of 116
I use a Roku 3 in my bedroom setup, a PS3 in my living room, and a PC in my 2ch system. As a purpose built device the Roku 3 is definitely the slickest, quietest, most unobtrusive, and so on; and the Netflix interface is faster and smoother than in the versions on PS3 and XBox 360. Really, I think the Roku 3's single flaw is that it doesn't have a YouTube app.

I strongly favor the PS3's Internet and intranet streaming and playback characteristics to those of the XBox 360.

It causes me no end of dismay to learn that the PS4 won't be capable of intranet streaming, unless we're all misunderstanding the FAQ that just came out. No end of dismay!
post #32 of 116
Roku and HTPC
post #33 of 116

I'm using a Mac Mini with XBMC, thinking of switching to Plex, and my Oppo BDP-103 for Netflix.

I am curious about the new Tizzbird S20T though. Might be picking one up.

post #34 of 116
While its not a dedicated streaming unit, I use my PS3. Does most of what I want. And for those it does not do, I have PlayOn installed on my computer, so can stream the rest. The kicker here is that I have a new HTPC, and I am finding more and more uses for it.
post #35 of 116
Apple TVg2 I suppose the newer version will do the same things, I love the menu and the easy navigation. Netflix looks awesome on there too, I hate the way it looks on my Tivo. Airplay is great too.

Djoel
post #36 of 116
Ps3
post #37 of 116
2 WDTV live and one WDTV Hub plus and HTPC including all computers wired to 4 TB NAS ( running FreeNas OS ) with transmission all works all good.smile.gif
post #38 of 116
our lg bd player - it has netflix and amazon - that is all i use on it - vudu is nice for the UV player but it costs too much to rest a movie when we have redbox and the other mentioned services - i wish my older lg had amazon on it but it works for the play room with just netflix.
post #39 of 116
HTPC, excepting some of the rather arbitrary restrictions certain content providers shackle their services with, which is why I still have a Roku XDS in the mix. If Netflix would allow 5.1 surround via their in-browser player on PC then the Roku would be superfluous.

Historically I had the Roku XDS first, and then I added an Oppo BDP-93 so I could use the DLNA facilities in it to stream FLAC files from my NAS. This certainly worked just fine, but the interface was terrible and slow for the number of files/folders that I have. The Roku XDS did not have any native DLNA capability, and most of the private channels (at the time) were NAS-specific.

HTPC is the ultimate media streamer for local and network content. About the only thing that the Roku is good for is surround sound Netflix, and their streaming quality continues to go downhill.
post #40 of 116
My vote goes for the WD Live HUB. Like DeadEd said, it will play just about anything I can throw at it. I have a WD HUB, a WD SMP, a WD Live+ and a Roku 2XD. The HUB + the Roku make the perfect setup IMHO, but to pick just one piece of hardware, I'd take the HUB for all my local media and run a media server (I use PlayOn) to pickup Internet streams and push them over DLNA to the HUB.

-P
post #41 of 116

XBMC

http://xbmc.org/about/

 

You're wasting your time with anything else.

post #42 of 116
My WD TV live is a buggy piece of junk. i like the features but it's not my cup of tea.
i just need something with hdmi out and has an intuitive droid/apple application that i can use spotify on and see all the music and search for new music via the application.
so far that only seams to be airplay and sonos.
but i've also heard that airplay plays music at 48khz and not 44100 which is the natural audio sample and doesn't interpolate the up sampling very well
is this true?
post #43 of 116
Best interface/screensaver and most reliable goes to AppleTV3 , particularly useful if you are also a mac user and can mirror desktop (airplay) to play any web interface content on various browsers such as free HULU at 1080P.

I like the Roku 3 for its amount of content (channels), but the interface is not anywhere as polished as the AppleTV3.

With any of the Oppo BDP-103/105/103D BD players featuring HDMI inputs, you could have both the AppleTV3, and the Roku Streaming Stick (RSS) actively connected at the same time for pretty much anything available, just switch inputs as needed.
Edited by JohnAV - 11/1/13 at 12:19pm
post #44 of 116
Roku.

I can't recommend the PS3. Although I use it infrequently, every time I try to use it to stream something I must sit through a 5 minute "quiet time" as it downloads and installs yet another update. Every time.

For local network content about the house, I have yet to use something that does it as well as my SageTV setup.

-Suntan
post #45 of 116
Have, or have used most of them but the easy winner is Roku, I have 4 of them.
post #46 of 116
A Roku 3 and Plex is my favorite. Before this we used a Sony blu ray player and an older WDTV with Serviio. The ease of use and friendly interface make the Roku much better than either of those. My wife and kids can find what they want with ease, which wasn't the case before the Roku 3. They pretty much require cover art, not an archaic file listing. The only things I don't like about it is that it's lacking a lighted remote, no youtube. You can use Twonky Beam with it which is also a huge plus.


Being that this guide would be written for people more novice (if you knew the technical details, or cared, you wouldn't be reading a guide) I think the roku is a great choice.
post #47 of 116
PIVOS AIOS with latest firmware tweaks from AASOROR. Price and performance for network streaming is hard to beat. No 3D but for watching archived media files it is outstanding.
post #48 of 116
I used to love my WDTV Live's, now it's all about XBMC for me. I have not found anything else that is anywhere near as versatile or has a nicer looking interface.. I have the i3 nuc with openelec on my main tv and a mini pc I built for ~200 with openelec on it as well in my bedroom.
post #49 of 116
Dune HD TV303D - Full DTSMA / TRUEHD support - plays everything flawlessly and big reason for me - Subtitle shift ( I have CIH setup)
post #50 of 116
HTPC's with Windows (and XMBC). Flexibility and performance for years.
post #51 of 116
My desktop computer.
post #52 of 116
Have 2 Apple tv's and love being able to stream from itunes. Streaming from computer sounds good, but when using the apple tv remote control and playing off the hard drive the dynamics and sound are really compressed. Wondering if anyone has found anything better. The new Myro Air might be a new alternative I look into but I think it's like $600.
post #53 of 116
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Originally Posted by fenderu2 View Post

Have 2 Apple tv's and love being able to stream from itunes. Streaming from computer sounds good, but when using the apple tv remote control and playing off the hard drive the dynamics and sound are really compressed. Wondering if anyone has found anything better. The new Myro Air might be a new alternative I look into but I think it's like $600.

You should check out the new Tizzbird S20t. Not sure if it's available outside of sweden though but it might be worth looking in to.
http://m.youtube.com/user/TizzBirdSverige
post #54 of 116
Roku 3. King of content and navigation speed smokes my Sony BDP-S590 and my WDTV Live.
post #55 of 116
ROKU 3
post #56 of 116
My Apple TV 3 delivers great quality and easy to use interface. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crunchyroll and iTunes all work extremely well and is easily my favorite of the streamers.

My PS3 is the second only to the ATV and it has a great amount of apps.
post #57 of 116
I use a half dozen units, and my major TVs (Sonys) also stream, even my DLNA mp4 recordings. The pair of Sony SMP-N200s are the most versatile boxes. The WDTV Live Plus has the horrid older interface. The newer ones have the good interface, but lost the component output. The model with the hard drive still has the component out, but is being dropped, I believe. If you can find the Sony box, that is a recommended buy. Several Blu Ray players seem to stream okay as well.
post #58 of 116
I'm pretty happy with my Apple TV
post #59 of 116
I use dedicated HTPC for my HT media requirements. Fits the bill to run with a projector like the VW1000. For other parts of my house, can't go past the simplicity and effectiveness of the WDTV Livehubs running and sharing from my PC network. For basic usage even the WDTV live basic works brilliantly. ATVs work fine as well if that's what your interest is and I often recommend them as the 'easy' option for a media player.
post #60 of 116

I have Apple TV 3'rd Gen.

Movies look ok...no where near as good as a blu ray.

 

It would be nice to get a streaming device which could stream blu rays in 3d...guess we are not there yet.

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