Originally Posted by xJavontax
I've been thinking of getting an HTPC but I don't really need one since the Chromecast does everything I need it to do. If there's a video I need it to play, it'll play it. I don't know what the heck a remuxed file is, so there's a 99% chance I won't ever use it.
It'll work for most people. For people like you, obviously not.
And how are you shafted by it? You're not "buying into" anything. You don't need to purchase anything from the Play Store. It's not like an Apple TV where everything you buy is played on an Apple device. If you have content, it'll play it.
remux is taking some dvd/bd video. vobs for example and putting them into one big container like an mkv. it means you can use a program to rip and convert fully lossless audio and video auto remove any warnings, trailers menu and just keep the chapters. the file size ends up being large but still smaller than the native disc you should own. this way your server / htpc can play back full quality master audio n video without needing the disc, furthermore using xbmc you can have a really nice cover flow and look boss when your mates can choose a movie via a tablet, obviously if your not into quality then a streaming service for 10$ a month is equally as good if not better.
the problem with any off the shelf box or console is that they don't allow many or any containers so your content that you paid for and own remains in disc format. furthermore the shafted bit I mention is the inevitable push to only allow subscription playback models and limited file formats (many don't allow flac, sometimes the radio stations are only the ones they offer and not the ones you want etc..) I know this dongle isn't one of them but its still a bit limited in playback options, good for a secondary system.. perhaps it can have xbmc put onto it though??
its a cheap dongle, it doesn't do all the things a full htpc can do one of which is play games, emulate games etc.. and also as a OCN member i like the idea of building my own system
but yea its cheap and cheerful, just pointing out some pitfallsEdited by Pip Boy - 7/31/13 at 5:31am