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Old Oct 8, 2011, 06:56 PM   #1
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Default How do YOU stream movies to your HD TV?

I'm considering several different setups.

Do any of you stream movies via an external HD connected to a router?
If so, what is your set up? I'm wondering what kind of box I should have at the other end: Roku 2, Western Digital, etc.

How do you prepare your DVD and Blu-Ray movie rips for streaming? Do you use media software, etc?

Thanks.
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Old Oct 8, 2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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connect computer to TV. Turn on TV. Turn on computer. Play video.

For blu ray I rip it with some free software and then convert it with handbrake. The file is stored on a NAS and streamed over Ethernet.

pretty easy to find a simple guide if you google around for converting blu ray with handbrake I think you will find something.
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Old Oct 8, 2011, 07:29 PM   #3
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I use a popcorn hour c-200 but Ive owned a lot of the other popular media players out there, wdtv gen 1, wdtv live, popcorn hour a200, xtreamer. If I were to buy one now id end up getting a Popcorn Hour A-200/A-210 or a Boxee.

it all comes down to how much more features you wan't, for example the popcorn hour c-200 can read the original bluray menus and not simple bd menu like some other media players.

Imo you should check this site out, it lists virtually every single media player out there and whats its capable of.

http://www.iboum.com/net-media-players.php

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Old Oct 8, 2011, 07:42 PM   #4
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Something I noticed with the Roku 2 and I might be wrong on this, I don't think it has DTS downmix, which means unless you have a dts capable receiver you're gonna downmix most of the bluray movies you backup through your computer otherwise you'll get no sound, unless of course you have a dts capable receiver then it shouldn't matter since you'll be using that instead.

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From http://www.iboum.com/pr/roku2xd.php

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Tiny new version of the Roku streamer. Rubbish for playing multi-format video, but these boxes are not designed for that. What they are good at is providing streamed content from the internet including Netflix. This new version uses a new Broadcom chipset (performance unknown).
IMO, Boxee looks like the best bet for everything you want.

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Old Oct 12, 2011, 10:12 PM   #5
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We currently use a Netgear NAS device and it works wonderfully to native Samsung devices as well as the PS3.

As far as ripping goes, I have yet to find a good method to rip DVD and BluRay.

We've used DVD Fab before and iSkySoft iMedia Converter (now) but both leave much to be desired... it's still pretty much hit or miss on the rip side of things.
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Old Oct 13, 2011, 09:25 AM   #6
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Use DVD Fab and then handbrake to make mkv files.
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Mine aren't streamed, I just use a wdtv to access shared network files.
However, I'm setting up ps3media server is in the very near future and if it works just as well, will move the wdtv into the bedroom.
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We currently use a Netgear NAS device and it works wonderfully to native Samsung devices as well as the PS3.

As far as ripping goes, I have yet to find a good method to rip DVD and BluRay.

We've used DVD Fab before and iSkySoft iMedia Converter (now) but both leave much to be desired... it's still pretty much hit or miss on the rip side of things.
For ripping DVDs DVD Shrink + DVD Decrypter does a great job for everything accept some Disney movies and are free.

I am happy with DVD Fab for ripping blu-rays to my NAS. We then add the folder to the Total Media Theater library. The free version of DVD Fab does this well.

If you want to make a single much smaller video file without special features but still has the HD audio Hand Brake works really well. HB is also free which is nice.
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What NAS' do you guys have?
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Living Room - Use PS3 Media Server to stream from PC to xBox 360. Currently some functionality issues when playing certain formats (.mkv etc) - doesn't resume, and can't skip forward/backward. Works perfectly with avi (xvid) content.

Bedroom - Currently same as above, but to Patriot Box Office. Used to be able to use Win7 login creds at the box, giving full access to media, but that borked at some point and I haven't had the time/desire to remedy it since PMS still works pretty well.

Enjoy the above options since it means not having to build a dedicated HTPC - one less rig to keep updated / maintain, and keeps all my stuffs in one place for easy redundancy / backup.
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I use two methods in my house currently

HomeTheater - WDTV Live Plus. Love it, plays everything I throw at it. Access its content through simple network shares currently. I'd use a NAS, however....

Bedroom - TiVo Series 2. For streaming, kind of a pain in the ass. Mostly because it doesn't support anything natively, which mean all content has to be transcoded for it. Requiring me to run a pyTivo server just for it.

Hence I'm currently not using a NAS
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I used to use ps3mediaserver, but I recently got a laptop. So, now it's:
TV - HDMI cable - Laptop. I just have them on the same homegroup on my network, and use VLC media player. Jobs a goodun
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