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    Best 2013 streaming devices?

    Is the Roku and Apple TV still the best streaming device? Are there any other boxes to consider?


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    Based on not knowing how many other Apple devices you own, I'm ranking the following on amount of content available as most important:

    1. Roku 3
    2. Apple TV
    3. PS3 or XBox 360
    4. WD Live TV

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Is the Roku and Apple TV still the best streaming device? Are there any other boxes to consider?
    If you have an iPhone or iPad, it'll transform the whole experience of Apple TV. I basically agree with CptlA's list though, the Roku offers the most streaming content.

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    Well I was going to say Boxee TV is a great device for streaming on-line content as they offer free unlimited DVR, an incredible TV channel guide and easy access to my computer hard drive BUT all that just went out the window as they just announced they are selling out to Samsung and are discontinuing their free DVR service July 10th. Thanks for giving us plenty of time to go out a purchase a Roku box.......

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    I researched this out also and Roku wins. I bought a Roku3 for the living room. But the bedroom TV is a weird one, had it back when I was active. It's wide screen, tube, yes a widescreen tube TV. It only does SD and doesn't have HDMI input. My ISP had the RokuHD on sale for 6 easy payments of $8.84 a month, no interest ($50 cash). I read up the Roku had upgraded the HD and XD versions to the same menu as the 3. has and yep, I can testify I can get anything on my RokuHD I can find on my Roku3, same identical menu.
    You can stream from your hard drive to the Roku3. There are several ways to do it. The PLEX channel seems to be the best. There are apps for Android phones that let you stream video from them to the Roku.
    The more I understand, the less I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piggie View Post
    You can stream from your hard drive to the Roku3. There are several ways to do it. The PLEX channel seems to be the best. There are apps for Android phones that let you stream video from them to the Roku.
    No doubt the Plex channel is good, but have you tried PlayOn yet? So much more streaming content available for so little cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptlA View Post
    No doubt the Plex channel is good, but have you tried PlayOn yet? So much more streaming content available for so little cost.
    Okay, I want peoples opinions of Playon vs. Plex. I have a lifetime license to Playon, and I'm upgrading my computer to a quad core 16 GB RAM Windows 7 machine. Does Plex do anything that Playon doesn't do (or do it better)? I've got a Roku 2 XS and a Roku 2 HD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkreichen1968 View Post
    Okay, I want peoples opinions of Playon vs. Plex. I have a lifetime license to Playon, and I'm upgrading my computer to a quad core 16 GB RAM Windows 7 machine. Does Plex do anything that Playon doesn't do (or do it better)? I've got a Roku 2 XS and a Roku 2 HD.
    I'm working on a comparison right now, I should be posting it on my blog in the next week or two.

    The takeaway is that PlayOn is better at internet content, while Plex is better at local content. Plex is also more difficult to set up properly (It often identifies my videos incorrectly, you must name and sort them in directories the recommended way). I have noticed that Plex has dedicated channels for some shows, like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report that include the after the show "web only" content that is not on HULU or Hulu Plus.
    I see no reason not to have both, I do. They don't conflict in any way, and PLEX is free. But if I could choose only one, it would be PlayOn.

    (Have you tried the new PlayOn "PlayMark" feature? AWESOME!)

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    Alright, I'm confused. I googled PlayOn... looked at their site and read the Wikipedia article... and as far as I can tell it's just a Windows program that isolates streams from the web and sends them to the TV or whatever. In other words, you can use the computer for other purposes instead of letting the stream fill the screen and connecting to a TV with a regular HDMI cable or whatever, right?

    But then what is the purpose of the Roku box? Doesn't a PC contain all the software capability in a Roku box, and then some?? Why can't you just run PlayOn and connect PC to TV with a cable?

    Rick

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    Rick,

    I use Playon with the Rokus so that I can stream local and web content to the TVs in my family room and exercise room wirelessly. It works pretty slick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkreichen1968 View Post
    It works pretty slick.
    I'm glad it works for you, and the wireless option is cool -- I wasn't thinking about that. Still, I think they should add the option to use a cheap cable hookup. They'd have to add a little module to the software, but it wouldn't be a very hard, AFAICT.

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    I don't even see how Plex and Playon can be compared, to me they serve two different purposes. Their common thread is they require the PC to be the streaming server to the Roku instead of directly to it. After that to me the similarity all but ends, save a couple shows PLEX carries.

    I am not subscribed to PlayOn, it seemed too cheap and good to be true! So I have a Netflix and Amazon paid subscription. Will PlayOn add more channels? Do I need to keep my Netflix subscription? If the stuff from Hulu worth the lifetime sub? What about PlayOn's super service of recording, if that worth the other 10 bucks?
    The more I understand, the less I know.

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