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Old 11-26-09, 09:44 AM
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Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

I currently do it with PlayOn and my PS3, but I'd like to buy something that will allow my parents to do the same.. and no, I'm not about to buy a couple of 60 year olds a PS3. Does anyone know of a relatively inexpensive device that will do the same?
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

I would say a Wii with Playon is the cheapest. Dont know about the easiest.

In addition seniors like Wii bowling:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=120705467
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

ROFLing at the idea of my parents playing Wii. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Originally Posted by cseyer View Post
I would say a Wii with Playon is the cheapest. Dont know about the easiest.

In addition seniors like Wii bowling:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=120705467
I've done Tversity with the Wii and it looks like a$$ compared to the 360 on the same content, even with the Wii hooked up with Component cables. It also wasn't as user friendly for your average person. Not sure if Playon would be any better.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

wont weigh in on any specific media centers (I use tversity on my 360)
but just to toss out there.. netflix streaming is great (especially the hd streaming).. but so far my experience with streaming hulu, is that hulu blows for this..
although I guess you get what you pay for
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Hardest way (for you), build an HTPC or get an Xbox1 and install XBMC, I've tried it in PC with Linux (it runs everywhere, Windows, Linux, Xbox, etc.) and it's just perfect. It works the same as PlayOn, it has plugings for every site, etc. It's not hard to install, it's pretty simple,and the GUI is the best.

Easiest way, buy a DLNA player that can be hacked to run Hulu, I don't know if there's any. Or of course just get them an Xbox 360 Arcade, PlayOn and they are set.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Another suggestion, not cheap but a very promising looking dvr with DLNA capability.

Moxi box:

http://moxi.com/us/home.html
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Originally Posted by sniper308 View Post
I've done Tversity with the Wii and it looks like a$$ compared to the 360 on the same content, even with the Wii hooked up with Component cables. It also wasn't as user friendly for your average person. Not sure if Playon would be any better.

I tried playon with my wii and thought it looked like crap, and I have component cables. Also tried playon with my Linksys Media extender and thought it looked better but it was jerky in full motion panning shots. Still looking for better options. The new Acer Revo with dual core atom and Ion graphics sounds promising for $329 its not a terribly expensive option.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

So....... I found both of these...



http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Play-Medi...g=bulpoirev-20

they also have this Western Digital thing...



http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...g=bulpoirev-20

for a bit more, with wifi, but I'm not sure if the wifi aspect is truly worth it...

Could any of you savvy techheads take a quick looksee over these two products and tell me which one you'd consider buying?
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Western Digital because of the USB wifi and you can show videos from youtube.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Gizmodo has a roundup of non-Apple set top boxes here. They like Western Digital's interface, which is probably the most important point if you're buying something for non-tech-savvy parents.

If Hulu support is a deal-breaker, be warned that no set top box supports Hulu out-of-the-box right now. Netgear advertises that theirs supports PlayOn, which is probably the closest you're going to get until Hulu's content partners stop being control freaks about the way people watch their videos.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Find a netbook/notebook with an HDMI port and attach it directly to the TV. This is the most reliable way to watch Hulu (and other sites) on a TV.
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But you don't have remote for the netbook/notebook like these media players does.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Originally Posted by zuffy View Post
But you don't have remote for the netbook/notebook like these media players does.
For an extra $30 or so you can. There is a wide variety of remote controls for PCs/notebooks.

Unless some agreement is made, sites like Hulu will continue to battle to prevent non-PC devices from accessing their videos. So the cheapest and most reliable way to get hulu (and other sites') video to display on TV is to use a PC/notebook. Any other solution is going to require multiple devices or run the risk of some future hulu update rendering the device useless.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Because of shitastic Adobe. There isn't really anything on the market other than a full blown PC that will play Hulu's flash video without falling on it's face when you try. None of these media extenders or netbook desktops will. Not sure about the new ION netdesktops though.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

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Because of shitastic Adobe. There isn't really anything on the market other than a full blown PC that will play Hulu's flash video without falling on it's face when you try. None of these media extenders or netbook desktops will. Not sure about the new ION netdesktops though.
Adobe recently released a beta version of their GPU accelerated Flash (version 10.1) that works with the latest drivers from Nvidia and ATI. It helps quite a bit in reducing CPU usage during HD Flash playback.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

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Adobe recently released a beta version of their GPU accelerated Flash (version 10.1) that works with the latest drivers from Nvidia and ATI. It helps quite a bit in reducing CPU usage during HD Flash playback.
There has been some testing on the new Dell Zino, with the new drivers and 10.1, and CPU usage at 720p goes from 80+% down to about 50-60%. It is a non sceintific test, just a guy aat AVS forum playing with a couple different boxes.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Originally Posted by shadowhawk2020 View Post
There has been some testing on the new Dell Zino, with the new drivers and 10.1, and CPU usage at 720p goes from 80+% down to about 50-60%. It is a non sceintific test, just a guy aat AVS forum playing with a couple different boxes.
Here's the article that I had read before - http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3678

You still need a fairly decent graphics chip, but a machine based on the Ion platform works wonders apparently as well as some of the mobility Radeon chips.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

No Hulu but "computer content" and "user friendly" would be AppleTV or TivoHD.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Look you can watch a bunch of stuff no one cares about.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Originally Posted by fumanstan View Post
Adobe recently released a beta version of their GPU accelerated Flash (version 10.1) that works with the latest drivers from Nvidia and ATI. It helps quite a bit in reducing CPU usage during HD Flash playback.
I was going to try that on my netbook but the video card isn't supported. Radeon X1250.
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Re: Cheapest way to stream hulu/computer content wirelessly to the tv

Apt article: http://gizmodo.com/5420853/why-its-f...ome-theater-pc

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