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Old 07-01-2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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What's the latest in streaming internet things to my TV?

I have a HTPC that's on its last legs. Video card overheats, even with additional cooling, after a few hours. I have an old desktop pc across the family room. I'd like to replace both of them with a desktop that can stream to an appliance connected to my TV (or maybe direct to the tv )

Is there such a device?

The htpc has a 3tb external drive hooked to it with lots of ripped (from our own) dvd movies. It's also a full-blown PC that can stream from Amazon/Netflix/espn.com/redtube via Firefox/IE/Chrome etc.

I'd like to keep all the functionality of my htpc & desktop in one pc & one appliance.

Ideas? I'm off to Newegg to price piecesparts for a new machine & will do some googling on appliances but initial hits are mostly Apple TV stuff which does not do all I need it to as far as I know.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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I have a HTPC that's on its last legs. Video card overheats, even with additional cooling, after a few hours. I have an old desktop pc across the family room. I'd like to replace both of them with a desktop that can stream to an appliance connected to my TV (or maybe direct to the tv )

Is there such a device?

The htpc has a 3tb external drive hooked to it with lots of ripped (from our own) dvd movies. It's also a full-blown PC that can stream from Amazon/Netflix/espn.com/redtube via Firefox/IE/Chrome etc.

I'd like to keep all the functionality of my htpc & desktop in one pc & one appliance.

Ideas? I'm off to Newegg to price piecesparts for a new machine & will do some googling on appliances but initial hits are mostly Apple TV stuff which does not do all I need it to as far as I know.
You've opened a Pandora's box. There is so much software out there which will turn your Mac or PC into a Apple TV or general streaming gateway including proxying content from other regions.

Start with a whether you want a PC or Mac and we can go from there.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:10 AM   #3
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The htpc has a 3tb external drive hooked to it with lots of ripped (from our own) dvd movies...
Just a question. Why do people rip DVDs they own and store them on hard discs? Not being snarky, just curious as I see this a lot.

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:33 AM   #4
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The one appliance that can stream stuff - videos, music, etc. - from your PC/NAS/SAN/Other to your TV is a Boxee Box. The old school one that they no longer make not the newer one. I've purchased several of them one I am using and the others are for backup for the time when the current one dies. I would be lost without it now.

Apple TV is one of the other appliances which I have no experience with and so is a Roku box. The Roku box is very popular and if you are only going to be watching Netflix, Amazon videos and other things this is probably the best right now.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:24 AM   #5
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That boxee device looks interesting. Have to do some more reading up on it.

For Eric:
I prefer to have the DVDs in a hard drive library for ease of viewing later and in case the disk ever gets damaged (lot less likely now that the kid is grown I suppose )
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:52 AM   #6
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I have the Apple TV box. It cost about 100 bucks and works well. It would be better with a bluetooth keyboard. The search isn't the best with just the remote.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:00 AM   #7
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Just a question. Why do people rip DVDs they own and store them on hard discs? Not being snarky, just curious as I see this a lot.

TIA,
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Usually for posterity. DVD's suck for robustness just like a CD, which is another reason why people rip their CD to MP3 other than the ease of playing them on an MP3 player that is.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:06 AM   #8
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Just a question. Why do people rip DVDs they own and store them on hard discs? Not being snarky, just curious as I see this a lot.

TIA,
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Because in a networked home, with several htpc's or media consumption devices, it's easier to have all your media in a central server location that a remote user can access.

Plus, once you rip the DVD, you can edit out all the BS previews and start the movie proper upon loading.

It also allows you to open the DVD packaging once, rip the movie, replace the DVD into the case and store in a secure location, never to be touched again.

Also, if you're lazy, it's much easier to find the movie you want to watch by doing a simple search on Movie Title than it is to rummage through DVD cases on a shelf.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:40 AM   #9
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I am a fan of the Apple TV, $100 and you are done. If you have an ipad, it does mirroring, so whatever is on the ipad screen is on the TV, same goes for the iPhone or your Apple computer. That is all I need.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:09 AM   #10
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I had initially ruled out a Raspberry Pi back in the beginning of time because it didn't do 1080p. It does now. Reading up on running XBMC on it now
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
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I like my Apple TV. But my TV and PS3s stream too...
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:22 AM   #12
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XBMC rocks. Plays any video format I have ever tried (even ISO DVD images). It's free!.... cross platform and has tons of cool add-ons.

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Old 07-03-2013, 05:19 PM   #13
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I have the Apple TV box. It cost about 100 bucks and works well. It would be better with a bluetooth keyboard. The search isn't the best with just the remote.
There is an app out there just for that, so you can control you apple tv from your iphone or iPad. No need for wireless keyboard. Its call 'remote'
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:23 AM   #14
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Just a question. Why do people rip DVDs they own and store them on hard discs? Not being snarky, just curious as I see this a lot.
I rip my DVDs to make backup disc's that my wife can watch in the truck when we go on long trips and also to help preserve the originals. In addition I can make mp4 copies to archive on a HD and put on my phone to watch if I want.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:08 PM   #15
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There is an app out there just for that, so you can control you apple tv from your iphone or iPad. No need for wireless keyboard. Its call 'remote'
I have that app on my Android phone and Ipod, keep forgetting it is there.
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