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    Hey folks, I was hoping someone can give me some advice....

    I need a device that allows me to watch movies I have downloaded on my PC on my TV. I would also like to do this wirelessly if possible, but am open to wired options...

    I did try using an Apple TV, but got so annoyed with the file compatibility issues and it only playing .mov files that I ended up not using it. The I got a Netgear EVA8000 which kinda did the trick really well....until it broke!

    Does anyone else know of any other options I could try that are good with different file formats and, preferably, can handle high definition quality?

    Thanks!!!

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    Depends on your budget m8, this is a market that is about to blow so would still recommend an HTPC setup just for the customisation ability aspect.
    Then most new features can generally be added often in software

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    maddogb;1729936

    would still recommend an HTPC setup just for the customisation ability … would still recommend an HTPC setup just for the customisation ability aspect.



    Ok this is a bit embarassing - I'm doing a computing degree but don't think I know what you are on about!!! Do you have a link or something pointing me in a good direction?

    Banned

    Just get a cheap dvd player with divx support and a usb input (for memory stick). Total outlay about £30

    XBMC simple as that!

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    kobirulali;1731436

    XBMC simple as that!


    fanboy ;-)

    XBMC and Hi-def? How do you do that?

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    03bintls;1729956

    Ok this is a bit embarassing - I'm doing a computing degree but don't … Ok this is a bit embarassing - I'm doing a computing degree but don't think I know what you are on about!!! Do you have a link or something pointing me in a good direction?


    audioholics.com/twe…ide

    The Popcorn Hour NMT is worth investigating. Currently going for £200-£250 on Ebay. Plays pretty much everything.

    Kommunist;1731587

    XBMC and Hi-def? How do you do that?



    Component cable allows up to 1080i.

    XBMC supports HD but the processor on the old Xbox just can't handle it.

    I'm getting a 1080p LCD TV in a few weeks and have to admit that the much loved Xbox/XBMC simply isn't good enough. Would be cool if someone in the know could put together a list of parts that would allow you to build an 1080p capable HTPC (home theatre PC) on the cheap.

    As far as the OP's question a 360 can now play AVI's on a USB stick (or wirelessly with all the gubbins) but if your using a CRT tv a modded original Xbox running XBMC is still the best for non-HD.

    Do you know where can Iget the cable from? I searched the web and couldn't find such cable for an old Xbox. I know XBMC can upscale to HD (not 1080p) but I think I need the cable to be able to activate this option.

    To OP - sorry about hijacking the thread - I'll shut up, promise

    Kommunist;1731955

    Do you know where can Iget the cable from? I searched the web and … Do you know where can Iget the cable from? I searched the web and couldn't find such cable for an old Xbox. I know XBMC can upscale to HD (not 1080p) but I think I need the cable to be able to activate this option.To OP - sorry about hijacking the thread - I'll shut up, promise



    You'll have to ebay - I bought a Monster Cable GameLink 400 X Component Video cable a couple of years ago. You'll need to add an optical cable for digital audio out. Good quality cable.

    More details here: monstercable.com/pro…528

    Kommunist;1731955

    Do you know where can Iget the cable from? I searched the web and … Do you know where can Iget the cable from? I searched the web and couldn't find such cable for an old Xbox. I know XBMC can upscale to HD (not 1080p) but I think I need the cable to be able to activate this option.To OP - sorry about hijacking the thread - I'll shut up, promise



    The official one is near impossible to find, so a ]third]party cable is your only option.

    To get it to work you need to find a bit of software called ]enigmah to switch to NTSC to unlock HD modes. Then I think you need to select the resolution you want at the original xbox dashboard (the green one), you should be able to get to this from XBMC.

    I haven't done this yet, just been doing the research.

    Thanks!

    Kommunist;1732740

    Thanks!



    Would also recommend getting an Xbox USB adapter if you can find one as the newest version of XBMC supports USB sticks (for watching avi's).

    Ungreat;1734687

    Would also recommend getting an Xbox USB adapter if you can find one as … Would also recommend getting an Xbox USB adapter if you can find one as the newest version of XBMC supports USB sticks (for watching avi's).


    I've got XBMC from SVN, so I guess USB is supported. However, my Xbox is connected to network, so no need for USB

    THREAD HIJACK ALERT!!! lol
    cmon guys get back on topic1
    damm right u should be embarrassed not knowing what a Home Theater PC is, be more embarrassed that your brain washed into accepting the microsoft term "media center", i tend to use mc when we are talking monitor based action, but really tv based is htpc
    as for guys publishing specs ive been working on what i consider to be a dream htpc/md machine it needs to have
    1. WAF woman acceptance factor, (easy to use and pretty to look at lol)
    2. Varied resolution ability there really is not much hi res stuff out there but lotsa sd stuff so for me 1360 panel was the way to go so my pc resources were used on ergonomics and most tvs sold in last 2 yrs are that res
    3.has to be almost as quick as a sky box
    4, plays ALL formats
    5 needs to be cool them fans get noisy wen bits get hot
    6. space all my albums photos, fav movies, this weeks tv to be watched eats the mebabytes

    any additions to give this guy some ideas

    Back to streamers. These devices look promising:
    ISTAR Mini HD - review (PDF)

    =IAMM NTD37HD


    In short, if you need H.264 then go for Sigma EM8623. If not, then you can get cheaper EM8621L-based players such as Mvix MX-780 HD

    Original Poster

    Hmmm theres a lot of interesting comments here! Too much to think about! Its annoying cause I've seen XBox's in action with this and they certainlly seem to work well - no issues with file formats etc etc. But something inside me just doesn't want to use one! I'm annoying myself now...

    Kommunist;1735210

    Back to streamers. These devices look promising:ISTAR Mini HD - review … Back to streamers. These devices look promising:ISTAR Mini HD - review (PDF)=IAMM NTD37HDIn short, if you need H.264 then go for Sigma EM8623. If not, then you can get cheaper EM8621L-based players such as Mvix MX-780 HD



    dont like the fact the second is only 1080i and no esata connection, pity they didnt consider eSATa for the istar but if u can figure a way to make a SATA drive sit next to this lookin "pretty" looks like a winner.
    Still none of em really well thought out according to the blurb tho, eg wonder what security is like on these? they have an internet connections, also if used as a storage medium what about backing it up, big job

    The second (IAMM?) is 1080p, according to the store. The chipset should allow it anyway.
    eSata is relatively rare connection compared to ubiquitous USB or network. Many people are not using these boxes as HDD containers but rather connect it to network and play video off some network storage.

    My biggest problem with these is price. Maybe you should wait until some bright spark will hack PS3 and make media player off it? Just like SMS application on PS2.

    sorry the third one, is only 1080i

    I don't think it is really important as MPEG2 with 1080p is a rarity. It can output 1080p (upscaler?) via HDMI, but can't playback 1080p files. No support for H.264 either.
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