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Long story short is I am looking to transition my mother from cable TV to streaming and local media. She is at the retirement age but still works because she thinks she'll run out of money. So, I am trying to find and setup a system that would work well for her, I've tried an old roku and old WD TV but neither seemed to cover what she needs. The roku is very difficult to setup local media streaming ( she has a router with USB NAS support), because I dont want her to have to run plex or a server on her PC. The WD TV obviously supports local media better, but the version I had had no streaming from netflix, etc. I've never looked into the htpc or media box realm because I consume my content on my regular PC, but if you can give me suggestions on what would work for her id really appreciate it.

List of what I think she'll need (order of importance)
Easy to use- must have its own remote, a very simple interface, no complexity (minus initial setup by me)
Must be reliable- she seems to corrupt windows every couple of months.. I think a dedicated player would be best
Stream netflix, hulu+, and amazon (Ideally 2 or all of them)
Stream local content from a NAS.
Less than $250.

I know that an HTPC may be ideal for most of you, but she needs something that she can just turn on and use the remote to find what she wants, and start watching. Even an HTPC with XBMC will end up too complicated for her :/ Also I have a ps3 and xbox 360, they are both currently being used, but if you guys think that will work I can try those as options.
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Why not just get a smart tv? That is wi-fi and has apps like hulu and netflix?
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I am thinking you should get another used PS3 and just get the ps3 remote and call it done.
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Originally Posted by Delirious84 View Post

Why not just get a smart tv? That is wi-fi and has apps like hulu and netflix?
Because she already has a 1080P flat screen thats 55" and I dont really think that forking out several hundred for something that can be done for under $200.
post #5 of 6
How about Apple TV? Much as I dislike Apple, they do make neat products that are easy to use.

I don't have any 1st hand experience with it but you can try it's native interface as it is quite capable and if you need extra functionality you can jailbreak it and put XBMC onto it which should allow you to stream and play almost anything. http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=HOW-TO:Install_XBMC_on_Apple_TV_2

I think it only works with 2nd generation Apple TVs at the moment so you'll be looking at a 2nd hand one for now but that also means it should be a bit cheaper as well
 
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Have you looked into popcorn hour?
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