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Beast/Cheapest TV Streaming Solution?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Teger, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    Gonna be buying a TV soon (finally) and want to get a device so I'm able to use hulu/netflix/amazon prime on the TV.. what's the best and cheapest solution? Apple TV?
     


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    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    AppleTV is only worth it if you can find a Gen2, jailbreak it and then install XBMC and Navi-x
     


  3. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    many TV's now have these features built in, so its not necessary to add a separate option.

    your better bet is to find the tv you want that supports whatever viewing service you'd like to use.
     


  4. gomestar

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    for Christmas, my father in law got us a Roku HD box. I thought it was pretty cool at the time.




    now we're a few weeks later and it is the greatest gift. I barely even watch cable TV anymore, it's all Netflix or HBO GO. If it weren't for live sports events, I'd honestly cancel cable and stick with the Roku box.

    I think my Blu-Ray player can also stream Netflix or Hulu Plus, and so you may want to look at a few options there (as well as TV's that can stream), but we just stick with the Roku for ease of use. Both the Roku and a Blu-Ray player with streaming capabilities should be cheaper than Apple TV.
     
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    Rambo Senior member

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  6. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    went with the roku box. cheap, has the options I want.

    the tv has a USB port which is nice, but doesn't have dedicated wifi/streaming options.
     


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    brokencycle Senior member

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    I dunno, I have a TV that has Netflix built it and it is slow and laggy. Don't have that problem with the PS3 or Roku box.

    I picked up a Roku LT for like $30 as a Goldbox deal one day.
     


  8. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. Not the cheapest options out there, but you get the added functionality of a huge library of games. Plus they tend to have some of the nicest/fastest interfaces for Netflix and Hulu on the market.

    I use a PS3 and couldn't be happier.
     


  9. otc

    otc Senior member

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    TV installed options suck balls. Sometimes they work fine for a while, but then somebody updates their API and the TV maker has already decided to stop issuing firmware updates for their 2 year old TV so you are SOL. I don't know about you, but I'd rather not buy a new TV until my old one breaks which I sure hope isn't after 2 years.

    A 1080p roku can be had for like $50 on sale and will have regular software updates and work for a long time (and you can move it between TVs if you upgrade without having to figure out a new interface). And if some new company comes out with a streaming service--like the upcoming Verizon/RedBox streaming service--the roku will probably support it while your TV won't.

    The only thing a Roku can't do directly is play video files from a thumb drive or network share. You can use something like Plex to do it and it works fine...but it would be easier if you could just play files without having to install Plex.
     
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  10. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My parents have the Roku XD and while it gets the job done I find the interface can be laggy. Not a deal killer for how cheap they are, but it's really not an optimal experience. They are probably using low end chips to keep the pricing down. It also doesn't help that I am used to the same branded apps (Netflix, Amazon, etc) on my PS3 and they run silky smooth on it.

    Completely agree on smart TV's. I have yet to play with one that ran well. The UI's almost always suck too.
     


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    Well yeah...the interface is not as zippy as a full power PS3 (or my HTPC running xbmc) but they cost $50 and are idiot proof.

    Everything is kept in the "channel" paradigm so you can just make sure your mom knows she needs to tune to the netflix channel or whatever and it works great.

    Had an experience with a WDTV Live a couple of years ago. I am sure they have improved, but they were a lot worse than the roku. They *could* play files from USB/network shares, but other than that, they sucked. The thing was buggy, and the interface for something like netflix was a joke--you didn't actually have a full featured search & browse function on the TV--the best way to add something from netflix was to use a computer to add it to your instant queue, and then go load your instant queue on the WDTV. A lot of smart TVs and BluRay players with netflix also seem to work this way...
     


  12. Teger

    Teger Senior member

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    i dont own a video game system and i think if i bought one my girlfriend would break up with me (also don't want to spend the money)

    the tv comes with a USB port and the capability to play video files, so that'll be good too.

    roku should provide meet all the streaming needs
     


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    ^^Oh, and don't mind the fact that you're stealing [​IMG]
     


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    Dude...first rule of Usenet...
     


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