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Topic # 101313 28-Apr-2012 16:16 Send private message

I just purchased a laptop as an entry level HTPC.  It's a little Asus Eee that supposedly does full HD 1080p.

I've tried it on music and lower resolution files with my receiver (Onkyo NR) and TV (Bravia) and I am very happy, but I am having a lot of trouble finding anywhere I cana legally download something (anything!) in full HD to test.

Any suggestions welcome ...

(note streaming is not an option, due to poor and highly variable broadband speeds where I live).

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  Reply # 616617 28-Apr-2012 16:30 Send private message

As far as I can tell everything on here is legal, movie trailers and the like.

http://www.demo-world.eu/trailers/high-definition-trailers.php

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  Reply # 616619 28-Apr-2012 16:31 Send private message

Big Buck Bunny is a creative commons licensed movie. Download and share it!

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  Reply # 616620 28-Apr-2012 16:32 Send private message


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  Reply # 616626 28-Apr-2012 16:44 Send private message

Not sure if Vodo stuff is in HD but you could look there 
Vodo.net


Edit: there is HD stuff on there




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  Reply # 616731 28-Apr-2012 19:32 Send private message

Or iTunes and 1080p movies now I think.




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  Reply # 616795 28-Apr-2012 22:45 Send private message

It's not quite downloading, but cheapie USB tuner sticks are available (circa $60) that should let you record material in 1080i off Freeview if you are in a terrestrial coverage area.

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  Reply # 616859 29-Apr-2012 09:32 Send private message

Yeah 1080i freeview will really put it to the test.



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  Reply # 616876 29-Apr-2012 10:17 Send private message

There are links to DVB-T content in the Freeview forum on GZ so that would save having to get hold of a tuner to test.




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  Reply # 616878 29-Apr-2012 10:27 Send private message

Thanks all.  Managed to find the HD section of iTunes and download a movie overnight 3GB = 5 hours on telecom's 'broadband'  to download.  I don't think I'll repeat but now I have something to test my laptop with.

So far I can only get the file to play in iTunes (it scans through the chapters in XMBC), but researching, as XMBC seems to give better sound and picture quality than windows or iTunes in my subjective testing so far.

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  Reply # 616927 29-Apr-2012 13:00 Send private message

Hmm that download speed was pretty bad. I managed to stream off iTunes a 720p movie while watching it. It was about 5gb. My broadband speed is only 4.5mbps.





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  Reply # 616928 29-Apr-2012 13:02 Send private message

Of and your video won play in xbmc. It's drm'd do only itunes will play it. Even xbmc on an apple tv that can play iTunes content will not be able to play the same drm'd video.




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