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Replacement media player
bastion308
post Mar 6 2012, 12:20 PM
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Ive been looking for a replacement for playback of media file to tv currently ive just got a hdd hooked up to the tv which worked fine for a while (ive got a samsung led series 8) the main issue is it dosent have a lot of file support and since theres been no firmware updates im stuck with a heap of files i cant play with no sound and thought a media player might be the go.
I had a Tivx which was good but let down buy no updates and is now broken.

So ive found these which look good Popcorn hour c300

So my question is what are others using and does anyone have one of these.
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aliali
post Mar 6 2012, 12:37 PM
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QUOTE (bastion308 @ Mar 6 2012, 01:20 PM) *
I had a Tivx which was good but let down buy no updates

Really? I actually found Tvix to be ok with their updates, on newer models at least. At least on a par with other media players I have come across, and in most cases better.
With any media player you have to remember that if it started life as an SD only model a firmware upgrade is generally not possible to play back HD content due to processor limitations.

However even with updates I was coming across odd formats my Tvix wouldn't play. Rather than frigging around triple checking I was getting a supported file I just moved to using an HTPC, which while more fiddly to use at least allows for easy codec upgrades for format compatibility.


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MoshVandal
post Mar 6 2012, 12:39 PM
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I use a 1st gen Apple TV with Boxee (and XBMC) installed, streaming off network shares from my main PC, but can also take USB connected HDD's. Works a treat.

If you like Boxee, you can always the the dedicated Boxee box, I've seen one in operation, and if this @TV didn't already serve me perfectly fine, I'd be looking a one of these.


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NukeJockey
post Mar 6 2012, 12:54 PM
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Can you stream straight to the TV from your PC? If so, grab PS3 Media Server, it should work with any DLNA device (It works on my galaxy S2) and essentially just transcodes videos on the fly to a format where the device they're streaming to can read them.


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bastion308
post Mar 6 2012, 01:02 PM
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[quote name='NukeJockey' date='Mar 6 2012, 01:54 PM' post='969184']
Can you stream straight to the TV from your PC? If so, grab PS3 Media Server, it should work with any DLNA device (It works on my galaxy S2) and essentially just transcodes videos on the fly to a format where the device they're streaming to can read them.
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Will give it a go
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bastion308
post Mar 6 2012, 01:30 PM
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Thank you Nukejockey ps3 media server works great saved me time and cash
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NukeJockey
post Mar 6 2012, 03:27 PM
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No problems, I use it myself, great program.


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AccessDenied
post Mar 6 2012, 06:27 PM
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And if you are bored and willing to 'risk it'.

http://www.samygo.tv/

Worth looking at, just for geek cred.

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post Mar 17 2012, 04:41 PM
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We've got the PCH a200 no probs at all.


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bastion308
post Mar 29 2012, 08:36 AM
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Well I ended up getting one and its great put a3tb hdd in and have had no issues easy to setup and plays everything I throw at it.

The tivx I had worked fine for about a year then I had to keep recoding files it was an older model the m3000u and yeah I didnt find a lot of support for it.

PS3 media server appered to work fine untill id get halfway through a movie and it would freeze looked for a fix and did all the suggestions but none worked cracked the sads and gave up.

the samygo stuff looks interesting but Im not going to risk bricking a $3500 tv :)
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aliali
post Mar 29 2012, 10:10 AM
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QUOTE (bastion308 @ Mar 29 2012, 09:36 AM) *
Well I ended up getting one and its great put a3tb hdd in and have had no issues easy to setup and plays everything I throw at it.

The tivx I had worked fine for about a year then I had to keep recoding files it was an older model the m3000u and yeah I didnt find a lot of support for it.

PS3 media server appered to work fine untill id get halfway through a movie and it would freeze looked for a fix and did all the suggestions but none worked cracked the sads and gave up.

the samygo stuff looks interesting but Im not going to risk bricking a $3500 tv :)

So what did you actually get?

As for the PS3 Media server thing. I have found freezing when streaming via Windows Media Centre from another PC is generally caused by the stupid PC deciding to go to sleep, despite the media streaming activity.
Grrrrrr.


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bastion308
post Mar 29 2012, 03:15 PM
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QUOTE (aliali @ Mar 29 2012, 10:10 AM) *
QUOTE (bastion308 @ Mar 29 2012, 09:36 AM) *
Well I ended up getting one and its great put a3tb hdd in and have had no issues easy to setup and plays everything I throw at it.

The tivx I had worked fine for about a year then I had to keep recoding files it was an older model the m3000u and yeah I didnt find a lot of support for it.

PS3 media server appered to work fine untill id get halfway through a movie and it would freeze looked for a fix and did all the suggestions but none worked cracked the sads and gave up.

the samygo stuff looks interesting but Im not going to risk bricking a $3500 tv :)

So what did you actually get?

As for the PS3 Media server thing. I have found freezing when streaming via Windows Media Centre from another PC is generally caused by the stupid PC deciding to go to sleep, despite the media streaming activity.
Grrrrrr.


I brought the Pch c-300 and I thought the PC was going to sleep as well but it kept happening even with it set to always on
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