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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-18-2010, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone have any experience with any multimedia boxes like Boxee or The Roku?
http://www.roku.com/roku-products

http://www.dlink.com/boxeebox



My wife and I are currently in the process of buying a house and I am looking at a cost effective start to becoming cable free. Does anyone know anything about these or what would work better?

Thought about setting up a dedicated server and have read Rhetts write up about this subject, but right now money is very tight and one computer is currently all we have running. At times my wife will be on the computer while i'm watching TV so having the one computer hooked to the TV and having the wife on Facebook or something doesn't seem like an enjoyment.

Kinda what i'm looking for, is to know if I can buy something that can have a direct link to sites like Hulu, Netflicks and if possible, run movies from one of my external HD's ran directly from a controller with out buying a new computer and goodies to go with it.

Let me know your thoughts and ideas.


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Quick comments from a Roku HD-XR owner I know...

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I like it for the MLB integration and the Amazon video on demand is cool too. But it freezes up A LOT. Way more than a little dedicated device has any right to.

The remote sometimes makes me want to punch babies. It's kind of like My First Remote, four big buttons.
So he's....a little mixed, it would seem.
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I setup three of them here at home a few months ago..... and ditched directv.. we are happy with it and there is no payments each month.... the only thing I did opt to pay for was netflix at 9 bucks a month because we can watch unlimited streaming movies anytime we want.

I can post up specs of what I did if that will help.



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I just read the rest of your post.... I would look at the samsung BD6900 bluray player if I was you... it has all of these features builtin and is also a bluray of course.

it's 300-400 bucks iirc.

Since your not looking for a whole pc, that seems like the best bang for the buck.





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Thanks for the advise guys. That Samsung looks kinda like what I'm in the market for. I just would like to make it easy for the wife to watch her shows on demand and not have to worry about her crashing a server and also be on a shoe string budget at the same time. If you guys see somthing else on the market post it up.

I have read that Google is coming out with their Googletv and I am looking into that, but they work strictly from Amazon, and Amazon charges .99 cents per show where Hulu is free for now.
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You won't find Hulu on the samsung though... and most of the apps want money... it's always about money it seems.

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