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post #31 of 40
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That's one of the main reasons my current iteration runs win7. Netflix and Spotify.

I've been perfectly happy with it actually. I think I used one of those tools to make a custom slimmed-down install disc that keeps most of the crap out of it (but I might have had problems with that and just gone with a regular minimum installation in the end). I miss the linux version a bit, but oh well...

The thing keeping me from that is that mine is used as a home server as well, with a boatload of RAID storage and a whole bunch of other things running behind the scenes. Everything there needs to be *nix.

XBMC is awesome though.
post #32 of 40
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Agreed. I have a beefy HTPC, but don't watch Netflix on it because other devices do it better.

Also because Netflix won't work natively on Linux, but that's a different story.

It's because Netflix uses Microsoft's Silverlight rather than Flash. Which means you must use Windows or a Mac, and nothing else. Netflix could use Flash, which works on any Linux OS. Maybe Micro$oft bribed them?
post #33 of 40
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It's because Netflix uses Microsoft's Silverlight rather than Flash. Which means you must use Windows or a Mac, and nothing else. Netflix could use Flash, which works on any Linux OS. Maybe Micro$oft bribed them?

It's a DRM issue with the content owners. Their DRM solution works with silverlight (and apparently not yet with the linux copy moonlight) so they require windows or osX...and MS is probably not going to release a linux version of silverlight anytime soon. What is annoying is that a lot of those set-top-boxes or smart TVs actually have a linux kernel in them and netflix is fine with pumping content to them.

Honestly, I think it is stupid. Everything on netflix already has a perfectly good pirate torrent floating around. If I wanted to pirate a TV show that was on netflix, I would just head over to TV-Torrents, and download everything at once...and then I would download all of the episodes from the current season that have already aired but won't be on netflix for a year. Nobody is pirating the content from netflix, because it shows up sooner in other venues--and piracy is a race where there is no second place.
There isn't much need for tough DRM on a netflix stream, so why not open it up to linux users?

It won't generate a ton of money (they will get some subscribers...but not millions), but there are enough programmers out there who would do the work for free, that just releasing the specifications would be all it takes to get a working linux version.
post #34 of 40
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i have no idea what in the fuck most of you are talking about.

anyway, roku working well. wish HBOGO worked with comcast, but what can you do (its my moms HBO account, so beggers can't be choosers).

anyone have a rec for a cheap speaker setup for a TV?
post #35 of 40
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i have no idea what in the fuck most of you are talking about.

anyway, roku working well. wish HBOGO worked with comcast, but what can you do (its my moms HBO account, so beggers can't be choosers).

anyone have a rec for a cheap speaker setup for a TV?

Are you looking for something HiFi, surround sound, deep bass, or just a little more oomph compared to the built in TV speakers. Budget?
post #36 of 40
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Are you looking for something HiFi, surround sound, deep bass, or just a little more oomph compared to the built in TV speakers. Budget?

little more oomph compared to TV. TV isn't that big, and the acoustics of the room aren't that great, and we sit far away, so..

budget is like $50.
post #37 of 40
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

It's because Netflix uses Microsoft's Silverlight rather than Flash. Which means you must use Windows or a Mac, and nothing else. Netflix could use Flash, which works on any Linux OS. Maybe Micro$oft bribed them?

It's a DRM issue. I usually just run windows in a VM to get around it. Apparently there is now a Wine port of Silverlight that will work; have yet to try it though.
post #38 of 40
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

little more oomph compared to TV. TV isn't that big, and the acoustics of the room aren't that great, and we sit far away, so..

budget is like $50.

$50 won't get you much of anything tbh. I was thinking depending on the outputs on your TV perhaps you could get a D-Class T Amp and some solid bookshelf speakers off of craigslist.

*edit* If you have a heapdhone output on your TV with volume controllable by your remote then this is a T Amp that you could get

http://www.amazon.com/LP-2020A-Lepai-Tripath-Class-T-Amplifier/dp/B0049P6OTI/ref=pd_sim_e_1

and power something like these

http://www.amazon.com/Dayton-B652-2-Inch-Bookshelf-Speaker/dp/B002RMPHMU/ref=sr_1_2?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1359495564&sr=1-2

Otherwise you will need some kind of home audio receiver, which will be more $, that has it's own remotely controlled volume.

Or this soundbar system when it's back in stock

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-CSS2123B-SoundBar-Cinema-Speakers/dp/B007B5WHTE/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1359496167&sr=1-10&keywords=soundbar
Edited by whiteslashasian - 1/29/13 at 1:50pm
post #39 of 40
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Originally Posted by Teger View Post

little more oomph compared to TV. TV isn't that big, and the acoustics of the room aren't that great, and we sit far away, so..

budget is like $50.

head out to the supermarket and look for a guy in a white van. he sells amazing speakers in your price range.
post #40 of 40
Thrift store for sure.

I know a couple of stores around here that usually have decent speakers. nothing fancy, but something better than a TV speaker for not too much $$. You could even just get computer speakers and hook them to the headphone jack.

If you get regular speakers, an amp like w/a suggested would work. I have one with the same amplifier chip, but I bought an ebay model for a few more bucks that looks a lot nicer and is almost the size of a pack of cards.

Otherwise, there are often a lot of old home theater receivers on craigslist or at the thrift store. People are throwing them up to upgrade to units with HDMI hookups. You can hook up an audio out/headphone jack to the RCA inputs on one of these and use it just fine for audio.
This way, you get a remote control which might be more useful than adjusting the volume with the headphone jack.
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