HD media player shootout!

Discussion in 'Tech' started by MSP, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I can confirm the Harmony's work great. Had to go in and tweak some button preferences of course, but otherwise awesome.
  2. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    does the wd live have the option to watch revision3 shows yet??
  3. MSP

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    I don't think so, never heard of it.
  4. Jamsan

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    Just watched my first full episode on it (mkv - .x264) and didn't stutter for one second. No pixelation that I noticed at all. Very smooth playback (again, over wireless). I'm going to try to get my hands on a blu ray ISO and try to stream that over wireless to see how it'll play. I don't plan on doing that ever when actually trying to watch something, but I'd be curious how the playback will be over wireless, and whether upgrading the rest of the house to N is necessary.
  5. MSP

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    ZOMBIE THREAD!!!

    Hey Jamsan, after a few months how are you feeling about the media streaming capabilities? I just recently started experimenting with reading files from a network share instead of from local hard drives and I am NOT impressed. I've experimented with Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, and now trying XP Pro because I just can't keep it working reliably. Speed is good, I've got this thing connected to the server via Ethernet. But sometimes it gives me issues trying to connect to the shares, and sometimes it'll connect and say the shares are empty. I've been trolling the WD-TV forums and there are tons of people having the same problem.
  6. Jamsan

    Jamsan Junior Member

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    I have come across the issue you've mentioned about shares not being accessible. I can usually back out to the main menu and go back into the network shares section and it'll pick up my Windows 7 machine at that point. This isn't too much of an issue for me, but I can see how it would cause problems if non-tech savvy people are trying to use it in a household.

    Streaming has been fine as well, except for the occasional pauses/glitches in the streaming (mostly with HD mkv content). Again, this is all over wireless with the router being on the floor below both the WDTV and PC.

    Overall, I'm still very pleased with the unit and haven't had the need to try other units out there. I feel all of my streaming problems would go away with wired connectivity, and I would hope WD would get their shit together in future firmware updates to fix the share issues, but I won't hold my breathe.
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    In my room I stream movies from my Mac to my PS3 using PS3 Media Server. I also have the Netflix app on the PS3 so I can watch those too. It has a Blue-Ray/DVD ROM drive so I can watch those too.... and of course you have the HD DirecTV DVR. :)
  8. MSP

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    Yeah, if I fiddle with it I can make it work but I'm not willing to put up with the hassle. I'm going to move the storage back to USB and maybe replace this with a Google TV once they work out some of the bugs.

    My main reason for moving towards a media server is to break past the 4GB barrier of the USB storage. I'm at 3.5GB now, and I know I'll be maxed out within 6 months or so.
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    I HATE the Asus O play. I have one, and it doesn't always play my files properly, and just quits. It also fuct up my external harddrive which forced me to format it.

    Much better investment if you just build a damn computer!
  10. MSP

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    Well, I managed to turn this frown up-side-down! I installed the B.Rad homebrew firmware for the WD-TV and it's fantastic! Network bugs fixed, USB hub support added, You Tube HD video support added, media player improved, and on and on and on. I going to run this for a while but I fully expect to be PayPal'n him 20 bucks.
  11. demonizeZ

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    I just use my Hp 311 to stream any HD video from net or my home server without a single problem.
  12. MSP

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    Which player do you have, the WD-TV Live?
  13. demonizeZ

    demonizeZ Junior Member

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    Is that referring to my post...
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    Yep, just wondering what media player you were using.
  15. demonizeZ

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    Just got confuse when you said WD-tv live. HP 311 is a netbook, with 450 atom, 3 gig ram, Ion gfx. Using Real player to stream 1080p. Tried VLC, but surprisingly it stutters HD contents. The best part i like is the mobility. I can plug it in to any of my TVs around the house via HDMI, and get instant Web or watch HD content. With bluetooth keyboard things couldn't get easier.
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    Ahh, I see. Yeah, a netbook is an excellent solution.
  17. jake

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    I picked up a Boxee Box over the weekend. Had a lot of trouble getting it connected to the wireless network in the house but once I did, wow. The menus system and remote are a real pleasure to use and it found all my files that are shared on my computer. It downloaded all the IMDB information for all the movies and also similar information for all the TV shows. I haven't played around much with the online content yet but watched some bluray rips that are stored on my PC last night and it was a real pleasure.
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    Sounds awesome, you have any mass storage connected directly to it? With the B.Rad firmware I've got 3 SATA drives connected totaling 4TB. Not sure what the practical limit is, but I've read of guys having 7+ drives connected.

    We just had a Man Night and watched a cheesy 60s Japanese monster movie, Dogora the diamond eating space squid!
  19. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Hmmm...very interesting. As much as I like having my PC hooked up to LCD in the home entertainment area, it would be nice to simplify still that much further.

    PLUS, on top of it, as much as the PS3 would be a great idea for me still (just to have blu-ray capability) the boxee or the WD Live would still be options for me. Hmmmm....
  20. ivanolo

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    PS3 works fine for me. Does Blu-ray, Netflix, Hulu Plus (not worth it yet though), and I can watch other stuff using PlayOn and WMP12. Thinking about getting a 500GB HDD to store some of my favorite movies.
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    I have no mass storage hooked up to it. All of my media is stored on my desktop. The boxee can stream 1080p over my wireless n and play it fine. Played around last night with the online content and it works great streaming HD stuff off youtube as well.
    I couldn't get it to update the firmware over wireless but it was as simple as downloading it to usb and plugging that into the device.
  22. MSP

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    Well, just got some hands-on with the WD-TV Live Hub. Basically the Live Plus with a new interface and an internal 1TB hard drive. Very slick indeed, if I were buying again right now that would probably be the one I'd get.
  23. jake

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    You should really check out the boxee box. It is light years ahead of anything else I have used besides a regular HTPC. Great interface, plays 1080p flawlessly from any format I have thrown at it, streams off the net and actually finds a ton of free shows/movies that you can easily browse. The remote is slick as well.