Please Explain: Media Streamer

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

Have you got some video or audio files stored on your computer that you'd like to play on your TV or remote speakers? You can do it if you have a media streamer. Craig Simms explains more.

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Craig Simms posted a comment   

While there's myriad cheapo rebrands out there, try the WD TV Live (or the plus variant, if it ever comes out here), the Seagate FreeAgent Theater+/GoFlex TV, or D-Link's upcoming Boxee Box. Asus also has something called the O!Play.

They all have limitations, although the O!Play and WDTV Live both have hacked firmware to extend capability.

While I haven't seen the Boxee Box yet, the XBox 360 and PS3 cream the others in the UI and usability department. They just sadly have limited codec support, which can be somewhat overcome if you can be bothered fiddling with a transcoder such as PS3 Media Server.

There's also a lot of good talk around the Popcorn Hour series of "Media tanks", although this'll cost you a lot more.


badgez posted a comment   

So Craig,

What is a cheaper alternative for us than an XBox etc?

We of main street who DO have the files and the HDTV but don't want to spend a packet to stream this stuff to our TV?

Say around a couple of hundred or so.


Craig Simms posted a comment   

It explains what a media streamer is, for those who aren't aware. A tutorial would be something different.

I know it's unfathomably difficult to conceive, but there are people out there who aren't as burdened with your incredibly vast and sagely wealth of knowledge.


bob posted a reply   

Ok R2D2, don't get so defensive, the Really? only made an observation and gave you feedback.You don't need to be condescending. Judging by your response and the video, you should stick to writing!


Really? posted a comment   

How cute, what did you actually explain???? That it's possible???
Maybe show a tutorial on some of the devices you mentioned like the XBOX or the PS3 instead of a 1.23min lame video........


tgs14 posted a reply   

Thanks, saves me having to watch it

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