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Has anyone created a spreadsheet comparing all of the available digital media playback devices? There are so many out there with such differing feature sets that I'm having trouble keeping track of all of them. My main interest is HD MPEG-2 playback and DVD jukebox functionality. The attached Excel spreadsheet is the kind of information I'm trying to track; if no one else has something better I'll populate my matrix and share it when finished.


I'm not really interested in audio capabilities, but if someone wants to provide that information I'd be willing to incorporate it.


Spreadsheet updated 5/12/2006.


Note: I can no longer upload the Excel spreadsheet in a separate zip file, so it is included inside the PDF as an attachment. I don't know whether Acrobat Reader will allow extraction of the attachment (I use Acrobat Pro). If you want a copy of the original spreadsheet and can't get it out of the PDF, send me a PM.

 

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Why not create a table in this post and keep it active/updated?
 

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Might want to update to your information with the Mediagate MG-35. Definitely able to play ripped DVD video over a network with full IFO navigation intact!
 

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Might want to update to your information with the Mediagate MG-35. Definitely able to play ripped DVD video over a network with full IFO navigation intact!

Yeah, I just learned that and I think I'm going to order one rather than set up an Xbox Media Center (or perhaps, in addition to XBMC).
 

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Nice spreadsheet, jhue.


Can you post an HTML version?

Thanks for the feedback.


Not sure I'll get to it this weekend, but this is my current list of players. I've tried to select only the most fully-featured product from each vendor, rather than try to list every product (except for TViX, because I thought the HD M-5000 release was right around the corner.


AVeL LinkPlayer 2

Buffalo LinkTheater

D-Link DSM-320RD

KiSS DP-1504

Mediagate MG-35

Momitsu V880N

Netgear MP115

Pinnacle Showcenter 200

Roku PhotoBridge HD

SnaZio Net Cinema DVD HD

TVIX M-3000

TVIX HD M-5000

Xbox Media Center


and yes, I can export HTML from Excel and put it my personal webspace.
 

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Hey avsr's,


I recently started doin' what your doin' but your much farther so............



Here's a couple more to add:

1.GOVIDEO D2740

2.ADS TECH MXL-581 (DVI-D conn)

3.VIEWSONIC WMA100 (DVI-D conn)


I previously researched the Pinnace, Roku,Go Vid,Dlink,Buffalo, linksys, ADS, and Viewsonic. Only the ADS and Viewsonic have DVI connectors but no TS streamn,' so that's where I am. I am only interested in a media player that has the DVI or HDMI output and the network allows streamn' of the TS files. I want to rip the DVD's but not have to burn them, and then just stream the TS or ISO files from the HD w\\out takin' the time to wait for burnin.' Any of those others on your list have what I'm lookn' for?


I've dialogued w\\several of the ROKUr's and although it is only component and a VGA the streamn' is there and the High Def recording's (I own two HDTV's ) are, accordin' to those I queried on a scale of 1-10 on a 16x9 HDTV, they said, reproduce a 10. So.....any feedback appreciated.
 

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I think it is important to add the Roku Soundbridges. The reason is that they can play DRMed music which is important to some people. Like me.
 

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I can help w/the Pinnacle ShowCenter SC200, if you tell me how!


My only quibble is with the name of the file (as with the name of this forum!). These are Media Players, not servers, though some/most NEED servers as noted on your ss.
 

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I just posted an updated spreadsheet to the first article in this thread. I've got information for seven of the sixteen players I have listed.


PM me with any corrections, or if you want to provide info on any of the remaning nine players (I'll take any format: edited spreadsheet, plain text, crayon scribbling on a napkin).
 

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I think you should add a modified Xbox. To me it is the one to rule all. I would like to see anyone who has a well modified Xbox and knows how to configure it compare it with any other video streaming device. I think I know what the comparison would show. Most other devices would have serious limitations in the formats they were able to stream or have at best only mediocre interface design.


One very important thing to seriously consider in setting up media streaming, replacement cost of the streamer. I just modified an Xbox for a total cost of $100. I used a soft mod that works as good as any chipped Xbox. Then, last night, just as my wife and I were settling in to watch some TV the Xbox I use in my living room suddenly would only boot to the MS dashboard. I grabbed the softmodded Xbox out of the bedroom and in about 3 minutes we were enjoying a couple of episodes of Lost (my wife didn't think she would like it last year but now she is hooked). The point of the story is - electronics fail. Having a clone replacement at hand can certainly be a factor to consider.
 

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I think you should add a modified Xbox. To me it is the one to rule all. I would like to see anyone who has a well modified Xbox and knows how to configure it compare it with any other video streaming device. I think I know what the comparison would show. Most other devices would have serious limitations in the formats they were able to stream or have at best only mediocre interface design.

No need, XBMC in the last column is Xbox Media Center ( www.xboxmediacenter.de ).


It can't play back high definition streams, which makes it a non-starter for many people. It's ability to navigate DVD menus is also fairly recent. But the screenshots I've seen do give the appearance of a much nicer UI than say, the Mediagate MG-35.
 

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So Whats The Best Streamer. Ive Heard Alot Of Them Are Failures And Do Not Do The Job They Are Suppose To Do. Cables Are Still The Best..............
 

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Cables Are Still The Best..............

I don't get it.


Streaming is streaming, wired or not.


I'll stack my XBMC boxen against anything standard def. Very reliable streamer from an SMB share.
 

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It can't play back high definition streams, which makes it a non-starter for many people.

To be specific, it cannot stream .ts (transport stream) files.


XBMC can decode HD DivX & Xvid. But the CPU is at it's limit doing this, so results vary depending on the encoding / content.
 

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Originally Posted by Slack /forum/post/0


I don't get it.


Streaming is streaming, wired or not.


I'll stack my XBMC boxen against anything standard def. Very reliable streamer from an SMB share.


Just moved apartment - will i be able to stream a DVD across a "G" wireless network?


Used to a have them wired - but wondering if i have to go through the hassle again.
 
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