Media Streaming Devices

I was looking for a thread on this, but I can't seem to find one.

Is the best choice to build your own?

Do any of the premade ones have the ability to play all sorts of file types or do they all really limit the type of files that can play on them?

A friend was looking to get one, and he would rather not build one from scratch. He also doesn't want to spend a crazy amount of money either.

I was looking at this one. Western Digital

I can say that I have tried almost every single type of media streaming device. Do yourself a favor and whatever you get, make sure it runs XBMC.

I have the Boxee Box and love it to bits. It plays everything that I throw at it, works well over wireless and from NAS storage, streams to and from my iPad and iPhone, and has USB for the tb drive I have behind the TV. It's just painless!

I had a media centre pc before that, and it was more trouble than it was worth.

I would only do an HTPC if you honestly want to play games on a big screen with a 360 controller...or if you want to take the cable card plunge and run it as your primary dvr..

Otherwise get a Boxee Box..it does just about everything and does it fast

TheGameguru wrote:

I would only do an HTPC if you honestly want to play games on a big screen with a 360 controller...or if you want to take the cable card plunge and run it as your primary dvr..

Otherwise get a Boxee Box..it does just about everything and does it fast

A lot of cord cutters use HTPCs as DVRs, too. I used mine primarily for over the air DVR stuff for years. So it's not just cable cards.

Now it's a 4 tuner CableCARD + 2 tuner ATSC + 1 tuner ClearQAM DVR that feeds live and recorded TV and media to 4 Xboxes plus one TV.

Ceton, who makes CableCARD tuners, is going to be making it's own set top box based off of Windows Embedded and it's Media Center components. It's supposed to have some more media enhancements as well, also putting it into this category of boxes. Not a full HTPC, but it will come with live TV and DVR stuff as well. So like a Tivo with more media.

That's a good point...if you are cord cutting its a great DVR to avoid having to pay Hulu for catching up with new over the air tv shows.

Boxee had a OTA tuner for live tv as well...I have it but it's still in the box..but I don't believe it has any dvr functionality yet... It would have to kludge it between an SD card and NAS though as I don't believe the Boxee Box has enough storage to buffer between writes to the NAS

The one thing that sucks with media streaming in Canada is that we don't get access to all the stuff you guys get down in the U.S.

It's getting better, but its still not as good.

We took a look at a local computer retailer we have in town, and we found this. http://www.cbithardwaredeals.com/PATRIOT-PBO-ALPINE-MEDIA-PLAYER-W-ANDROID-22_p_25606.html I think my friend is going to give it a try. He isn't interested in all the bells and whistles that the Boxee has. He just wants to be able to stick a thumb drive into a device and watch whatever files he has on it, on his TV.