Top 10 Media Streamer

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The best bang for the buck device that can stream videos to your tv.  Feel free to add any device you don't see on the list and remember to rate devices accordingly. 

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by redmetroid - 9/25/2010 05:23 PM
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by freak - 9/1/2010 04:29 PM
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by freak - 9/18/2010 02:35 PM
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by freak - 9/18/2010 03:15 PM
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by freak - 9/1/2010 04:26 PM
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Looks promising.

Price: $99

Pros:

  • can stream via WiFi N or ethernet at 720p
  • rent shows from ABC & Fox for $0.99 and HD movies fro $4.99
  • can stream from Netflix iTunes, YouTube
  • small at 4"x4" and quiet
  • ease of use (to be expected from an Apple product)

Cons:

  • not available yet so no reviews on exactly how well it works

 

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by RedTimbre - 5/4/2012 06:18 PM
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You can browse the internet (with the crappy Opera browser), but most importantly you can stream Netflix for free (something Xbox 360 doesn't offer, so much it requires a $20/month Gold account subscription, so much as it requires a $20/month Gold account subscription) and watch anything in their extensive database with a $8/month unlimited streaming account.  And of course, nowadays you can find a Wii for $50-80.

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by JCrew - 1/28/2012 10:41 PM
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Connectivity
Bonjour,UPnP SSDP, UPnP AV, Windows Media Connect, Windows Media Player NSS, Samba,NFS
Media Servers: myiHomeLite, myiHomeMS (UPnP)
Third-Party Jukebox: Eversion/YAMJ, UMC
BitTorrent P2P, Usenet downloader
NAS Access : SMB, NFS, FTP
 
Supported Media File Formats
Video containers: MPEG1/2/4 Elementary (M1V, M2V, M4V),MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG, DAT, VOB),MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS),AVI, ASF, WMV,Matroska (MKV),MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4
Video Decoders: XVID SD/HD,MPEG-1,MPEG-2 MP@HL,MPEG-4.2 ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC,MPEG-4.10 (H.264) : BP@L3, MP@L4.0, HP@L4.0, HP@L4.1,WMV9 : MP@HL,SMPTE 421M (VC-1) : MP@HL, AP@L3
Audio Containers: AAC, M4A,MPEG audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA),WAV,WMA,FLAC,OGG,APE,TTA
Audio Decoders: Dolby Digital,DTS,WMA, WMA Pro,MPEG-1 Layer 1, 2, 3,MPEG-4 AAC-LC,MPEG-4 HE-AAC,MPEG-4 BSAC,LPCM,FLAC,Vorbis
Audio Pass-Through: DTS, DTS-HD HR, DTS-HD MA,Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD
Other Formats: ISO, IFO navigation,AVCHD navigation,Simple BD navigation
Photo Formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF, TIFF
Subtitle Formats: Opensubtitle support, SRT, MicroDVD SUB, SSA, SUB/IDX
 
DRM
Cardea DRM (WMDRM-ND),Janus DRM (WMDRM-PD)
 
Chipset
Sigma Designs SMP8647, 800MHz CPU with 256KB L2 Cache
 
Memory
512MB DDR2 DRAM, 256MB NAND Flash
 
Audio/Video Outputs
HDMI, Component Video, Composite Video, Stereo Analog Audio, S/PDIF Optical, Digital Optical
 
Other Interface
Power LED and Attention LED, 5 x Host USB 2.0 (2 x Front, 2 x Back and 1 x Internal), 2 x internal SATA (one occupied by HDD tray), 3.5" HDD tray, Internal mounting for 2.5" HDD, 2.4GHz RF Remote Control, Infra-Red Remote Control port (Infra-Red Remote Control optional), 3.2" TFT Color Display, Mounting brackets for slim BD-ROM drive
 
Network
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless N USB dongle (optional), MN-200(Optional)
 
Power
110-240V AC, 50-60 Hz, max 2.5
 
Dimension
Width x Depth x Height : 425mm x 290mm x 80mm
 
Weight
3.7kg (8.15lbs)
Vented Aluminum Body, Fanless, Quiet Operation
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by redmetroid - 9/25/2010 05:30 PM
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The Boxee comes with a two sided RF remote with a QWERTY keyboard on one side, which makes searching for shows a lot easier. 

Lots of hype around this device and it looks fantastic.  The only thing is that it's not out yet so the verdict's still out there.

$199.99

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by freak - 9/1/2010 04:32 PM
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My favorite and current media streamer.  It has worked wonderfully for my needs which is basically to stream .avi, mp4, .mkv, or any other video file types I download from the net.  It has never failed to play a file and runs super quiet and cool. 

I have been wanting to upgrade since it's been a year or so old already and thought there might be better, newer devices out there like the popbox (which is made by the same company).  However, current reviews of the popbox say that its buggy and I've also grown to love the radio frequency remote on the C200 (since I place my av equipment inside a cabinet) and the popbox does not have that.  The other device I've thought about trying out is the new Apple TV.  However, knowing Apple, it probably won't allow me to play any files I download off the net.  Thus, probably will stay with the C200 until something better comes along.

Price: $299

Pros:

  • can play any media file you throw at it
  • runs completely silent (despite having a fan) and runs extremely cool
  • uses radio frequency for its remote so unlike an infrared remote, you don't need to point at it 

Cons:

  • a bit more expensive than other devices
  • bigger than most devices
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by freak - 12/16/2010 04:53 PM
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by freak - 9/1/2010 04:31 PM
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Price: $129

Pros:

  • inexpensive
  • small and quiet

Cons:

  • fairly new so it's not vetted yet, there are complaints about bugs in its software

 

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by freak - 9/18/2010 02:39 PM
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Price: $299

Pros:

  • can play blue-ray and soon even 3d blue-ray
  • can play ps3 games also
  • can stream NetFlix

Cons:

  • runs louder and hotter than a dedicated media streamer

 

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by redmetroid - 9/25/2010 05:34 PM
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by redmetroid - 8/28/2014 08:29 PM
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What about any of the Xtreamer products?