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Topic # 166047 28-Feb-2015 17:52
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After the Cricket World Cup is over I am keen to get rid of Sky. I've had it for at least 15 years but recently I've discovered the joy of Unotelly and now have Netflix and Hulu. All I really watch on Sky these days is The Living Channel and my son watches Nick Jr. I can't justify paying over $70 a month just for that.

My current set-up:
Sony Bravia TV (full HD but about 6 yrs old)
Sony Blu-Ray Home Theatre System
Apple TV with Unotelly DNS settings
MySky HDI
PS3
iPad with Unotelly DNS (an old one I'm using for media)
MacPro 2008 running Playback which streams downloaded content to the Blu-Ray system (located in a different part of the house to the TV)

Currently I have the Apple TV set to the US iTunes Store to get Netflix and Hulu. I can also swap to the UK store if I decide to sub to NowTV. I use the MySky recorder several times a week, but all the shows I record are on Freeview channels, so I am considering replacing it with a MyFreeview recorder. I have the Netflix and Hulu apps on my iPad and also BBC iPlayer and 4oD apps.

What I'd like to be able to do is access as much of my streaming media as possible from one device. It's a bit of a pain to keep having to switch iTunes accounts on the Apple TV to access apps from different regions, and switching devices to access others. I'd quite like to put the Apple TV in the bedroom so I'm open to other streaming boxes, or even maybe getting a Mac Mini as a media server.

I need to be able to access:
Netflix
Hulu Plus
NowTV
iPlayer
4oD
Lightbox (I have a year free)
TVNZ On Demand
Freeview via a MyFreeview recorder

One drawback is that I can't Ethernet connect anything to my modem without getting someone in to run cabling. But I have a really good Asus router that gives me wireless speeds close to the possible wires speeds on my VDSL connection.

I'd really appreciate suggestions on the most efficient setup and which streaming box you would recommend, please.






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  Reply # 1248761 1-Mar-2015 11:33
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If you want to ethernet connect something to your modem without running cabling, then I suggest that you investigate ethernet over powerline.

Not as fast as gigabit ethernet but, in my experience, plenty good enough for video streaming. I certainly found that it was more stable and capable of significantly higher sustained throughput around the house than wireless. Even with relatively old house wiring and using powerstrips at either end (which you aren't supposed to do) I can get 75-85 megabit transfer rates without a problem.

I am using a couple of Netgear (XAVB 5004) kits which gives me four ports in whatever rooms I connect the dinky little adapters.



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  Reply # 1248763 1-Mar-2015 11:38
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Yes, thanks, I have some of those running at my parents house, and they work pretty well, although their internet is slow to start with.

I'm lucky in that my router achieves pretty good wireless speeds but if it came down to it, I could run a cable to the tv side of the room under the floor quite easily, as it's just the carport below. It's a small hassle getting someone in to do it but the logistics would be no problem.




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Currently using: Modified 2008 Mac Pro, HP M6-1017TX Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, AppleTV4.


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