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Old 2011-10-26, 09:39 AM
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Another alternative is to utilize the built streaming media players of some newer Bluray players and other media devices without the need of dedicated PCs.
As an example I have two network drives, one dlink and one Western Digital. They both support media streaming in various ways, I can say without a doubt the Western Digital delivers the content flawlessly, the dlink has raid turned on and the overhead is too much.
So the setup is as follows.
1) I have a PC that is not dedicated however it has a TV capture card.
2) I have a cogeco box that is connected to the tv.
3) I use a windows media centre remote with IR blaster (to switch the channels for recording from cogeco box)
4) content is recorded without issue in WMC native format of DVRMS (pre windows 7) or WTV (win7)
5) I have a program that monitors the record drive and when content is dropped it automatically converts to DVD mpg
6) there is then another program which sees an awaiting DVD MPG file and moves it to a network drive
7) this network drive is then accessible by all media players within the house (laptops/desktops, ipads, iphones, media enabled tvs and media capable blurays and WD LIVE equivalents
8) ORB (orb.com) is also running on the PC in the background and the content is accessbile externally
The Pros
1) digital content a-plenty
2) relatively inexpensive setup and most components most homes already have
3) virtually PVR rental free
4) very stable
5) most media players offer online access like youtube, netflix, etc
6) wired streaming is virtually perfect
7) with HDMI output from PC the pc can be used as media player also and the WMC remote works very well
The cons
1) media streaming wireless is not perfect and having some trouble upstairs.
2) media hoarding, everything seems to be a must have and keep suddenly
3) content adds up fast
4) lose metadata when converting from dvrms or wtv to mpg
5) DVD mpg is the only compression that supports fwd, rwd, pause....any other high compression does not index the file for skipping
6) embedded commercial removal not perfect.
Software used.
MC Converter
filemover
Windows Media Centre
Trying this alternative....
http://www.videoredo.net/msgBoard/sh...ad.php?t=16340
Any need to record anymore? http://www.redflagdeals.com/deals/ma...network_ctv_a/
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Old 2011-10-26, 01:02 PM
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No idea, sorry. Can't say I've really found a need to either as I would rather use a latop/iPad and still be able to watch TV.
So no browser with the Apple TV and XBMC.

The reason is, not only do I want to stream media stored on my networked PC or NAS, I want to have the flexibility to stream directly from online sources such as CTV, CityTV, etc. since they provide full length TV episodes online.

Sounds like the Apple TV cannot do that. Shame
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Old 2011-10-27, 09:13 AM
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So no browser with the Apple TV and XBMC.

The reason is, not only do I want to stream media stored on my networked PC or NAS, I want to have the flexibility to stream directly from online sources such as CTV, CityTV, etc. since they provide full length TV episodes online.

Sounds like the Apple TV cannot do that. Shame
You can download Add-ins for XBMC, I'm not sure if there are CTV, Global, etc specific ones though. I'm pretty sure that Ice Films would work for you as I'm pretty sure you can use that Add-in for streaming TV shows and movies with it.
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Old 2011-10-27, 11:13 AM
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Sounds to me like there are too many restrictions. I want total freedom to stream directly from the net to my TV or stream downloaded movies from my networked PC which I believe a MAC Mini would fit the bill.
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Old 2011-11-05, 12:56 AM
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I used a media PC for many years and it was great but these days most blu-ray players and TVs have an ethernet jack (or WiFi) to allow internet connectivity for Youtube, Netflix etc. I stopped using the PC since it took too long to boot, took up too much room, the fan was loud when you were watching something quiet...
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Old 2011-11-07, 09:37 AM
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Nix WD Live and LG smart tv upgrader....appears for whatever reason the version of flash is not updateable and the unit for purposes of watching online content from a specific website is virtually useless. Specifically the LG unit uses flash 8...
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Old 2011-11-21, 12:56 PM
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So I got a hold of a Mac Mini this week for a little PoC and so far it's very easy to get up and going and does everything I think I was looking for.

I was up and running in less than 10 min. after plugging it in, streaming movies wirelessly from my NAS through a shared network drive, sharing Music from my PC through iTunes, and streaming US Hulu, all effortlessly.

So far I'm like it.

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Old 2011-11-21, 01:05 PM
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Wait a minute.... how did you get Hulu?
I need that
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Old 2011-11-21, 01:16 PM
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Wait a minute.... how did you get Hulu?
I need that
combo of US PO box, attach that to credit card...
http://www.buildinghomes.ca/communit...hlight=netflix

M&L
So final answer...dedicated PC to deliver what you wanted? No other options you could find or tried?
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Old 2011-11-21, 03:00 PM
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Wait a minute.... how did you get Hulu?
I need that
It was unbelievably simple. Through a VPN.

Launch the VPN application first, then launch web browser and navigate to Hulu. Hulu thinks I'm in the US because all it sees is a US IP address.
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