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Old 07-29-2010, 11:48 AM   #1
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Default Media Extender / ISO Streaming Suggestions?

I have been using my PS3 to stream movies from my media server.

It cant stream ISOs which sucks for ripping large quantities of movies. I am looking for a media extender that can stream ISOs, MP3s, and Netflix. What do you guys recommend?

Either software or hardware? Right now im leaning towards hacking an apple TV
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http://ps3mediaserver.blogspot.com/

i use this with my ps3, never have had a problem other then ff and rw. it transcodes on the fly so it's not the best at ff 120x
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http://ps3mediaserver.blogspot.com/

i use this with my ps3, never have had a problem other then ff and rw. it transcodes on the fly so it's not the best at ff 120x
Thanks for the link, but I am really happy with the media server I have - Synology NAS its stable, cheap and quiet.

Just looking for end user devices.
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I was looking for the very same thing last night. It seems you have several different hardware options.

Will you be streaming 1080P content with surround sound, or just 720P?

Hardware:
Currently you can pick up an Acer Revo ($330) on Newegg. It's got a dual core Atom processor that, in combination with the Ion graphics card, can decode 1080P. It even comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. You use load Boxee, XBMC, XBMC live, or Windows Media Center on it. The only problem I see is that some people say it doesn't have enough power for 1080P in their cases.

Build your own HTPC using a small-form factor motherboard and case. This can be done for under $600 if you skimp on the TV tuner card and Bluray drive. Just make sure you get a ~2.2 ghz dual core processor and an ATI HD 4350 so you have enough computing power for the non-hardware accelerated decoding. Load Boxee, XBMC Live, or Windows 7 on it and you're guaranteed to be able to decode 1080P and Blu-ray on the fly. For more detail, see: http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/21/h...or-under-1-00/

Apple TV hackage. Load Boxee on that little bitch and you can get by with 720P video. It lacks the power to reliably decode 1080P though. But, I just read you can pick up an HD decoder card for $50 and be able to do 1080P.


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Boxee! This is a more social media center software, but I'd say it has a "richer" experience. You get your own login name and password, it has a more social interface, reccomendations from friends, etc. Streaming from Youtube, Vimeo, and the likes is pretty cool.

XBMC, and XBMC Live. Like Boxee, but better looking and more basic, but it seems to lack Netflix support.

For a more definite answer on the software: http://lifehacker.com/5462275/which-...enter-compared



I myself will be going with the build-your-own route with Boxee running on Windows 7. I want to have confidence in knowing that it can take whatever decoding tasks I throw at it. You'll even be able to do some decent gaming with it too.
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Thanks for the link, but I am really happy with the media server I have - Synology NAS its stable, cheap and quiet.

Just looking for end user devices.
i could never get a nas to stream to my ps3.
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i could never get a nas to stream to my ps3.
Synology. It was so simple, I love it. Music / Video - everything.
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I was looking for the very same thing last night. It seems you have several different hardware options.

Will you be streaming 1080P content with surround sound, or just 720P?

Hardware:
Currently you can pick up an Acer Revo ($330) on Newegg. It's got a dual core Atom processor that, in combination with the Ion graphics card, can decode 1080P. It even comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. You use load Boxee, XBMC, XBMC live, or Windows Media Center on it. The only problem I see is that some people say it doesn't have enough power for 1080P in their cases.

Build your own HTPC using a small-form factor motherboard and case. This can be done for under $600 if you skimp on the TV tuner card and Bluray drive. Just make sure you get a ~2.2 ghz dual core processor and an ATI HD 4350 so you have enough computing power for the non-hardware accelerated decoding. Load Boxee, XBMC Live, or Windows 7 on it and you're guaranteed to be able to decode 1080P and Blu-ray on the fly. For more detail, see: http://www.engadget.com/2009/07/21/h...or-under-1-00/

Apple TV hackage. Load Boxee on that little bitch and you can get by with 720P video. It lacks the power to reliably decode 1080P though. But, I just read you can pick up an HD decoder card for $50 and be able to do 1080P.


Software:
Boxee! This is a more social media center software, but I'd say it has a "richer" experience. You get your own login name and password, it has a more social interface, reccomendations from friends, etc. Streaming from Youtube, Vimeo, and the likes is pretty cool.

XBMC, and XBMC Live. Like Boxee, but better looking and more basic, but it seems to lack Netflix support.

For a more definite answer on the software: http://lifehacker.com/5462275/which-...enter-compared



I myself will be going with the build-your-own route with Boxee running on Windows 7. I want to have confidence in knowing that it can take whatever decoding tasks I throw at it. You'll even be able to do some decent gaming with it too.
Thanks for the write up VERY VERY VERY helpful. I am still leaning XBMC on the Apple TV (there are separate hacks for the netflix natively, so it would have to dual boot - if possible). And with a 50 decoder to 1080P that will leave me room to expand.

Does DVDRips mean ISO?
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No problem, just make sure you post back here and let me know how it handles the 1080P playback when you finish it.


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Does DVDRips mean ISO?

I would assume so.
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No problem, just make sure you post back here and let me know how it handles the 1080P playback when you finish it.





I would assume so.
Definitely will, probably wont be till the winter anyways. Im just debating if its worth building a HTPC for blu ray. Or just plan on ripping them anways and letting the apple tv chomp on it.
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Why are you streaming ISO's? They are disc images. Usually HD video is in .mkv format.
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Why are you streaming ISO's? They are disc images. Usually HD video is in .mkv format.
I would think because it's easier than reencoding into an HD video format.
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I would think because it's easier than reencoding into an HD video format.
Exactly. Computer wise I have very little hardware. One laptop that I use for work and play so its with me during the day and for whatever work I do at home - web surfing. I don't want to invest in a computer just to re encode. I might in the future.

Space is cheap I would rather buy 10 terabytes then reencode - mostly for time and lack of aggravation.

Do blu-ray isos function the same ray as DVD iso?
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Here's my build. I have a case, hdd, and dvd drive already laying around. I'm actually surprised how cheaply I can do it for. Add a 7200RPM 1TB hdd for $75, wireless mouse and keyboard for $35 and you'll be golden.

While this would be a little louder than an ATV, it has enough computing power that you won't have to worry about it being able to play your videos. It's also head-over-heels more powerful than the Aspire Revo. You could even do some gaming on this thing.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817152019
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.441170
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Exactly. Computer wise I have very little hardware. One laptop that I use for work and play so its with me during the day and for whatever work I do at home - web surfing. I don't want to invest in a computer just to re encode. I might in the future.

Space is cheap I would rather buy 10 terabytes then reencode - mostly for time and lack of aggravation.

Do blu-ray isos function the same ray as DVD iso?
Oh I get it so your just streaming the disc image from what you own. I assumed you were downloading the video content from online, and 99% of the time you get hd video offline, it is in a .mkv format.

and you missed the newegg shell shocker earlier, it was a mobo with the new atom chipset and 2 gig of memory for around 200$
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