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Hello,

I'm looking to pick up my first media streamer shortly. I'm a little bored of watching my TV series on my computer and would rather watch it on my TV.

I was looking at this one but was wondering if there was any information, advice or opinions anyone would to share. I'm always open to suggestions too.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/dwestern-digital-wd-tv-live-hdmi-1080p-media-streamer-with-programmable-remote-keyboard-and-11n-wifi

I'm not looking to spend huge amounts but if it's worth the cost, then i'll go for it.
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I sell these at work and they are quite good little units.

Even have one set up on a display T.V where I stream Internet radio via it. It'll play just about any format of movie and music you can throw at it, but I've not tried streaming movies to it my self I'm afraid so I can't say how solid the built-in WIFI card is.
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Thanks for the information bud. Much appreciated. I'll read a few reviews in the meantime.
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post #4 of 8
I am looking to buy the same thing.

I dont want a full blown HTPC when all I need is netflix, hulu, and streaming off my media server. Which has 1k movies and tv shows.

So far the WD live TV looks like the best option. I found the latest version for $65 bucks.

let me know what you find!
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post #5 of 8
Honestly I tried out one of these

http://www.amazon.com/Roku-2500R-HD-Streaming-Player/dp/B007KEZMX4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369094818&sr=8-1&keywords=roku

I have Zero Complaints for a streamer.

A few things to consider, I have a 720P tv so Higher HD streams would require the other model and a very decent router and WIFI connection to maintain the data needed to stream HD over WIFI.

I use HULU, Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Plex for Media streaming. They are bringing Spotify to it I think today and also Pandora has been on for other internet radio options.

The Apps are a bonus if you feel like killing some time with angry birds.

hope this helps

Geeka
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The roku doesn't support all video files for USB hdd and media server streaming.

I think staying away from roku is wise
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Like other XBMC-derived media players, Plex uses FFmpeg and other open source libraries to handle all common multimedia formats. It can decode these in software, using hardware video decoding where available and optionally passing-through AC3/DTS audio directly to an external audio-amplifier/receiver via S/PDIF.


An example of the TV Episode interface on Plex. Includes fan-art backgroundPlex video-playback uses a video-player "core" which was originally developed in-house by the XBMC developers as a DVD-player for DVD-Video movies, including the support of DVD-menus. This video-player "core" supports all the FFmpeg codecs, and in addition the MPEG-2 video codec, and the audio codecs DTS and AC3.

PAPlayer handles a very large variety of audio file-formats.

Plex handles all common digital picture/image formats with the options of panning/zooming and slideshow with "Ken Burns Effect", with the use of CxImage open source library code.
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As Raspberry Pi, a SD card, some patience and this http://www.raspbmc.com/ will do a heck of a lot
 
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