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Old 11-28-2012, 05:50 PM   #1
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Right now I stream from a server PC to my TiVo and/or PS3. (All gigabit wired) I stream HD video M2T files, SD video MPG files, and MP3 files. With the PS3 I use TVersty, which is -OK- but REAL confusing to get around. I wish it had a more user friendly way around.

SO, my question is, would there be an advantage getting a Roku/WD/Sony or any kind of streaming box. In order to find an easier way to get around, meaning easier interface, thumbnails for videos like you see demo's of Roku...

OR!!!

Would I be just waisting money, and better off continuing using the PS3, and the TiVo?

Maybe something different than TVersity? Also looking at "Plexapp"

Any opinions??

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Old 11-29-2012, 07:12 AM   #2
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would there be an advantage getting a Roku/WD/Sony or any kind of streaming box.
I doubt it. And you might very well lose the ability to see Closed Captioning. The PS3 system you have is a good one.
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:32 AM   #3
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I responded in the other thread but I agree, staying put for now with a PS3 and TiVo is probably a good choice if everything you need is covered.
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You might look at the G-Box Midnight . . .

http://www.xbmchub.com/forums/xbmc-a...-reviewed.html

http://www.boxtoptheater.com/product...tv-box-mini-pc
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:12 AM   #5
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I use a WDTV Live as a streamer. In addition to being a streamer it makes a great inexpensive hub for a network server. I use an 8-port USB hub connected to one of the USB ports which allows for 8 USB hard drives to be connected. I can access the hard drives to stream to other PC and/or streaming boxes (I also have other ASUS streaming boxes on other TVs) just like would be done by a network server. If you have a use for a central network storage device to support multiple locations or you don't want to have to leave a PC running continuously to have content available, the WDTV Live is a great option.

As far as I know there is not another brand of streaming box which will allow it act as a network server as well as a media player without hacking.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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I use a WDTV Live as a streamer. In addition to being a streamer it makes a great inexpensive hub for a network server. I use an 8-port USB hub connected to one of the USB ports which allows for 8 USB hard drives to be connected. I can access the hard drives to stream to other PC and/or streaming boxes.
I seen a review on the WD TV live box, and they say it stuggled bit with some large HD videos when streaming from another source. Does this mean it will play the media ON the built in hard drive fine?
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I seen a review on the WD TV live box, and they say it stuggled bit with some large HD videos when streaming from another source. Does this mean it will play the media ON the built in hard drive fine?
Most likely they were having a network issue. I have noticed the N wireless will be a problem on some videos. Wired there is no problem what so ever. Even ripped Blu-rays I tried for a test worked fine hardwired. Yes they play fine on the attached hard drives.
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What is the best way to know about it?
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What is the best way to know about it?
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