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I have an Oppo 103 that seems to stream everything I want it to. My other bedroom players are struggling (Oppo 83, Sony S390). What is a cheap way to stream everything that the 103 can stream, ideally via Plex?


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Sony GS7 / GS8 media player supports the Plex app, and the Plex UI is pretty decent. The other option would be Roku box, which also supports Plex app, but the UI is horrible. Plex will transcode on the fly so the GS7 / GS8 or roku can play the file.
 

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I have never liked Plex Its such a PITA to get a quality stable image out of it. Not to mention the wonky cataloging of content.


I have the 1st gen WD Live HD and it plays everything at the highest quality for both audio & Video without a single hiccup.

I'm not sure the current generation is the same but I would assume at least as good or better.
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330


Or better yet get a Zotac Zbox and run Openelec/XBMC.
http://www.zotacusa.com/products/mini-pcs/zbox
http://openelec.tv/
 

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Originally Posted by trans_lux  /t/1524684/cheap-streamer-that-plays-everything#post_24550758


I have never liked Plex Its such a PITA to get a quality stable image out of it. Not to mention the wonky cataloging of content.


I have the 1st gen WD Live HD and it plays everything at the highest quality for both audio & Video without a single hiccup.

I'm not sure the current generation is the same but I would assume at least as good or better.
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330


Or better yet get a Zotac Zbox and run Openelec/XBMC.
http://www.zotacusa.com/products/mini-pcs/zbox
http://openelec.tv/

I love Plex. I've never had an issues with the picture or audio quality. I use it mainly to stream wireless to my kids iPads or out of network. Plex is very flexible.
 

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I've been researching streamer hardware/software solutions.. I want to stream Hulu to my TV -- not HuluPlus but that is of interest also. Netlix and Amazon videos are also required Currently I've been using PlayOn and it does a good job, but I'd like to avoid the subscription costs. PlayOn also requires you to run a PC as server. That is acceptable but a solution that runs stand-alone on a set-top box (e.g., XBMC) would be preferable.


What I seem to be finding is:

1. There is *no* solution other than PlayOn that streams Hulu (!!). Both xbmc and plex have had Hulu add-ons but none are currently working, and they seem too be unstable in general. Roku has no Hulu channel and never will -- apparently because it would displease some of their channel content providers due to copyright issues. Again I'm focusing on Hulu -- not HuluPlus. Free Hulu doesn't want you viewing it on anything other than your PC so any other method requires continuing hacking to support. PlayOn apparently spends the effort required to keep up whereas the other candidates don't.


2. Roku has Netflix and Amazon channels but those on xbmc and plex again are on/off and either non-existent or unstable.


Thus there appears to be no solution for my requirements. Am I doomed to paying PlayOn subscription costs forever? (Yes I know PlayOn has lifetime subscriptions but you pay the better part of what Roku costs and more than a ChromeCast.)
 

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Originally Posted by dlflannery  /t/1524684/cheap-streamer-that-plays-everything/0_100#post_24555212


Thus there appears to be no solution for my requirements. Am I doomed to paying PlayOn subscription costs forever? (Yes I know PlayOn has lifetime subscriptions but you pay the better part of what Roku costs and more than a ChromeCast.)

Seriously? You are complaining about $40/yr or $70 for lifetime service for all your TV viewing?
 

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Originally Posted by Kelson  /t/1524684/cheap-streamer-that-plays-everything#post_24555727


Seriously? You are complaining about $40/yr or $70 for lifetime service for all your TV viewing?
I would remind you the thread title includes "cheap" . My post was not a complaint, just wondering if there is another "cheap" solution that might be preferable to PlayOn, and which reliably delivers the free version of Hulu, as well as Netflix and Amazon (which I already pay for even though I am so "cheap" --- in your opinion at least.
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BTW the PlayOn costs you mentioned do not include the additional cost for the HD option, something that previous lifetime subscribers now have to pay as an additional cost -- in other words even a lifetime sub doesn't guarantee you won't be charged more in the future.
 
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