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Best Media Center Device?

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  • Started 1 year ago by keamas
  • Latest reply from vistual
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keamas
Posts: 1

Hi,
I have a older Full HD TV without DLNA and USB support.
Now I would like to get a Device to turn my TV in a Media Center. I thought about the following ways to get a good media Center:

-Rasperry PI mit http://www.raspbmc.com/
-Playstation 3
-xBox 360

The Device shoud support the following things:

Requirements:
-WIFI
-DLNA (UPNP)
-Internal HDD or USB Port to connect a HDD
-Network access to the HDD to load music, pictures and so on on the device
-Nice to have: Streaming Service support for Netflix Amazon...

What are you using ?
Whats the perfect media center device?
What are the advantages and downsides of each system?
What fits best for my requirements?

Posted 1 year ago
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gedstar
gedstar
Posts: 521

This is what I use, not sure if it will suit all your needs

http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=330

Posted 1 year ago
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afuhnk
afuhnk
Posts: 309

I also use a Western Digital WDTV Live and it's amazing.
The one I have does not have a built-in wireless but has Wired connection and the ability to use a USB WiFi adapter.
It reads every format I throw at it (mkv, divx.. even reads ISOs!!).
It has built-in apps (Netflix and many more), 2 usb ports, 1 wired-ethernet port, hdmi output.

Before I bought the WDTV I did use my 360 and PS3 to either read from local (usb or hdd) or streaming from PC to 360 or PS3 but there's so many options and complications... plus they don't natively read many file format...

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vistual
vistual
Posts: 3135

the more i hear you guys mention the wd - the more tempted i am in going that route. been using a boxee box here and while i am happy that it can handle whatever i throw at it so far, i am a little disappointed about the "buggyness" behavior sometimes. netflix app no longer working either ?!?!? absolutely great unit otherwise but i will open a separate thread where i can ask s'more specific questions about the wd.

so keamas, as far as youre requirements i believe the boxee fits the bill - but be warned that it does have its little quirks.

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