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# 42172 30-Sep-2009 09:37
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I am looking for a device to stream movies directly from my Windows 2008 Server. I do not want a Windows Media Center Extender since Windows Server 2008 does not support this.

I need a networked streaming player - HDMI Output/ Optical Output/ Ethernet Network

I would like 1080P and it can play everything and cost very little and not use much power.

I have been doing some research and found these products:

Popcorn Hours C-200 ($299 USD)
http://www.popcornhour.com/onlinestore/index.php?pluginoption=productinfo&item_id=12

Netgear - EVA9150 ($420 USD)
http://www.netgear.com/Products/Entertainment/DigitalMediaPlayers/EVA9150.aspx

Seagate FreeAgent STCEA201-RK Theater+ ($150 USD)
(note this is the + new version)
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/home_entertainment/freeagent_theater_plus/

I really do not want a PC or Laptop.

Has anyone else been thinking about these types of products or has any recommendations?

Cheers

Chris

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  # 259628 30-Sep-2009 09:47
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http://www.tivx.co.nz/ $699 NZD (I think that includes gst).
2 x freeview tuners for recording/watching TV - I think you have to add an HDD for recording.
$599 without the freeview tuners.
Their site says +$50NZD for a 1TB drive.
Looks to handle H.264 1080p files - all sorts of formats.

Looks pretty comprehensive

 

Actually this page is more informative

http://www.tivx.co.nz/_product_38969/TViX_6500_Dual_Tuner




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  # 259632 30-Sep-2009 10:08
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PS3 - you also get a bluray player and a games console as part of the deal. You can get the new PS3 slim for $550-$600 depending on what sales are on when you buy it.

You'll need to run something like Tversity on your server if you have file formats that aren't supported by the PS3 but it works great as a network media device.

 
 
 
 


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  # 259635 30-Sep-2009 10:14
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Have you looked at:

http://www.xtreamer.net/

getting some ok reviews now that have sorted out initial firmware and just under $200 NZD delivered but you will need to get a power adapter

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  # 259685 30-Sep-2009 12:08
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The xtreamer looks good doesnt it? -no one selling it in NZ yet(google couldnt fidn it) - but I see there is an aussie page:
http://www.xtreamer.com.au/shop/
They give you a free hdmi cable rather than the Euro site that gives you a free wifi antenna.
But the power supply for the Aussie model should be ok for here.

Its like a considerably improved/updated mediagate MG-350HD (which I have and love).
If they were selling these here for $250 NZD I'd buy one in the blink of an eye!




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  # 259706 30-Sep-2009 12:41
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Thanks for the additional options - I will check them all out...

I noticed on the Xtreamer EURO web site that the power supply is 100~240V Power Adapter

chris

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  # 259710 30-Sep-2009 12:47
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yes its ok with the 100~240v but the plug itself needs an adapter for NZ ...if you are looking at it as I am as popcorn C200 is just to much $$ then make sure you use the USD options as it will save you around another $20

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  # 259711 30-Sep-2009 12:52
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I have the A100 = So I have been watching the C200 closely and with Sybas track record I do like the look of that.

 
 
 
 


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  # 259724 30-Sep-2009 13:18
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PS3 using PS3 Media Server to transcode and organise the files :)




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  # 260123 1-Oct-2009 13:33
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I like the Popcorn A100 (have two of them). It's not available now but the A110 is good enough and does what you want. The main difference between the two is HDMI 1.3 and a power button




Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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  # 260124 1-Oct-2009 13:43
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HDX 1000 is really good. US$220 from their online store + shipping.




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  # 263668 13-Oct-2009 14:55
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Have you thought about Apple TV (small, nice looking, comes with remote, network back to server) - modded with xbmc or boxee

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  # 267383 27-Oct-2009 18:33
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I've bought an HDX1000 - and I'm waiting for it to arrive. The advantage of this box over the Popcorn Hour is that it is very, very quiet, and.... I can't remember any other reason :)

I got it from an Aussie site and their special deal provided a 1tb drive as well as an HDMI cable:
http://mediaplayersandmore.com.au/

I like the fact I can use it as a NAS as well as stream content from the internal drive, and from the drives you can USB plug into it in the back, and from other locations on your home network. There are even mods to provide better GUI, I believe.

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  # 267417 27-Oct-2009 19:32
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I'd recommend PS3 and PS3 Media Server on your W2k8 server.




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  # 267502 27-Oct-2009 22:24
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TinyPirate: I've bought an HDX1000 - and I'm waiting for it to arrive. The advantage of this box over the Popcorn Hour is that it is very, very quiet, and.... I can't remember any other reason :)


Strange - I have never heard my PCH's since there are no moving parts in them. I don't have any drives installed, internal or USB since everything is streamed off the network.

Does the HDX1000 play h.264 files with AAC-HE LATM audio?




Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/32019730  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount

 

System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex

 

 


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  # 272856 13-Nov-2009 20:57
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Hi - I hope this is not too frowned upon, but I'm listing an HDX1000 (imported from Australia) on TradeMe.
Only mention it because these are hard to come by in NZ & I had major hassles with GST/import duty on mine, so it might save someone else who is genuinely interested going through the same hassle & wait.


Cheers,
Darren.

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