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Seagate held up well in this review, I'm going to get one from BestBuy this evening and see if it hangs on to the Nat server better than my two WDTV Live's. Will report back later...


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"I loved this when I tested it a few weeks ago, despite its fugly interface, and it holds up under testing. It does better with ripped .ISO files than WD, doing both DVD menus and chapters (and it doesn't have that weird .m4v bug either). Video was better, especially when running 1080p content. And when it came to browsing my Linksys NAS in search of movies, it could reach more and read more than the WD.


The tradeoff is that the interface is bad, and there's almost nothing in the way of online services. It gets points for making an attempt at sorting music, and displaying photos, but if that's a priority, WD is the better call."





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This is a TERRIBLE review!!!!
 

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I'm not saying what I do is better
but most reviews of media players outside a few specialised websites are very poor.


It's like people struggle to comprehend what the things are for, let alone realise that the marketplace is large and quite developed already.
 

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Well I bought the Seagate last evening from BB (its on sale 120), so here's a quick review of what I found in the 20 minutes I had to test it out.


Once it loaded the new firmware I found the unit quite impressive. It connected immediately to my dlink router using DHCP and auto logged on to my HP MediaSmart server, even saw my home group name, but it was a bland kinda clunky interface. Once connected it never lost the connection, not once, which has been driving me crazy with the WDTV live. At one point while playing an ISO rip of the Bolt dvd my MediaSmart shut down as scheduled. The movie froze on screen at that point, I then restarted the home server and much to my surprise the Seagate reconnected itself and continued playing the movie without any intervention from me. SO it stays connected
. The sound options seemed a bit weird I could only get surround sound to my Yammie 2700 receiver when the Audio was set to HDMI raw, anything else produced Stereo sound only. The DVD ISO had full menu support also
. However when playing a blu-ray ISO (HellBoyII) it kept loosing the sound
I will research this to see if there is a fix or work around. Now the Internet access was cool, after the firmware update I now had




Youtube

Piccisa

Flickr

Video Feeds(World News, USA News, Business Tech,Entertainment & Sport)

Under Entertainment there was (Discovery , D News, Onion NN, New Yorker, Totally Rad Show, Dilbert, HBO Stand up comedian, Extreme Video, Eart Touch.com, The coolest stuff.....) to name a few, loads of feeds that all appeared to work, however I had to deselect HDMI raw to get sound from these feeds.


Text Feed ( BBC, CNN, NPR news)


I set the HDMI out to auto and although 1080p 24 was not listed when I was playing HellBoyII the info button told me it was playing the movie at 1080p 24. I was able to hook up to my Playon server with no problems. The remote was twice the size of the WDTV remote. Fast forward/Reverse and zoom all worked well. Accept for the sound issue with the Blu-ray ISO (if this can be fixed it will be a winner for me compared to the WDTV live as I have not been able to stop it disconnecting itself from the network server so far).

I was very impressed how this box stayed connected to my server and played everything I had on it. I'm intrigued with the Seagate drive bay, a lot neater than the WDTV, will have to buy one and see how that works. I did hook up a thumb-drive and it worked just fine playing an AVI 2g movie. So its kinda sad that the two media players in my life have issues
is it really that hard to get one to work well.) This device is definitely worth a look at the low end of the price scale IMHO.
 

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I'm not saying what I do is better
but most reviews of media players outside a few specialised websites are very poor.


It's like people struggle to comprehend what the things are for, let alone realise that the marketplace is large and quite developed already.

WoW your the man, wish I had seen that site first... good stuff.
 

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We had a problem with our webhost earlier this evening (UK evening - about 3 hours ago). They were 'upgrading the server'. All should be fixed now.
 

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Well I bought the Seagate last evening from BB (its on sale 120), so here's a quick review of what I found in the 20 minutes I had to test it out.


Once it loaded the new firmware I found the unit quite impressive. It connected immediately to my dlink router using DHCP and auto logged on to my HP MediaSmart server, even saw my home group name, but it was a bland kinda clunky interface. Once connected it never lost the connection, not once, which has been driving me crazy with the WDTV live. At one point while playing an ISO rip of the Bolt dvd my MediaSmart shut down as scheduled. The movie froze on screen at that point, I then restarted the home server and much to my surprise the Seagate reconnected itself and continued playing the movie without any intervention from me. SO it stays connected
. The sound options seemed a bit weird I could only get surround sound to my Yammie 2700 receiver when the Audio was set to HDMI raw, anything else produced Stereo sound only. The DVD ISO had full menu support also
. However when playing a blu-ray ISO (HellBoyII) it kept loosing the sound
I will research this to see if there is a fix or work around. Now the Internet access was cool, after the firmware update I now had




Youtube

Piccisa

Flickr

Video Feeds(World News, USA News, Business Tech,Entertainment & Sport)

Under Entertainment there was (Discovery , D News, Onion NN, New Yorker, Totally Rad Show, Dilbert, HBO Stand up comedian, Extreme Video, Eart Touch.com, The coolest stuff.....) to name a few, loads of feeds that all appeared to work, however I had to deselect HDMI raw to get sound from these feeds.


Text Feed ( BBC, CNN, NPR news)


I set the HDMI out to auto and although 1080p 24 was not listed when I was playing HellBoyII the info button told me it was playing the movie at 1080p 24. I was able to hook up to my Playon server with no problems. The remote was twice the size of the WDTV remote. Fast forward/Reverse and zoom all worked well. Accept for the sound issue with the Blu-ray ISO (if this can be fixed it will be a winner for me compared to the WDTV live as I have not been able to stop it disconnecting itself from the network server so far).

I was very impressed how this box stayed connected to my server and played everything I had on it. I'm intrigued with the Seagate drive bay, a lot neater than the WDTV, will have to buy one and see how that works. I did hook up a thumb-drive and it worked just fine playing an AVI 2g movie. So its kinda sad that the two media players in my life have issues
is it really that hard to get one to work well.) This device is definitely worth a look at the low end of the price scale IMHO.

The ONLY media streamer under $2,000 that will correctly stream BD-ISO files with everything intact is the Dune 3.0 series... Period!!!!
 

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Originally Posted by iboum /forum/post/18191678


We had a problem with our webhost earlier this evening (UK evening - about 3 hours ago). They were 'upgrading the server'. All should be fixed now.

Works now. Fantastic information source. I salute you! You deserve more exposure for your good work.


There's so much information that more filters would be handy. Column sorting doesn't quite make it usable. I think many of us would like to filter for BD ISO and BD bitstreaming.


Would be nice to have info about audio outputs beyond stereo (5.1/7.1), Internet Radio, and UI (MyMovies, YAMJ, etc).


Looking forward to seeing the following listings:


Now:

Core i mini-itx motherboards and complete systems


Future:

Tegras

AMD offerings

Pico form factors
 
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