questionswhich is best streaming media player?

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Roku. There's a lot of free content (perhaps quantity over quality at times).

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Roku seems the best deal for the money, although you could pick up a bluray with appropriate features as well.

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I really like my Logitech Revues with Google TV. Kinda quirky at times but it gets the job done.

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Roku is good, especially if you have a Prime membership, as you can stream Amazon Instant video. If you're really big into watching Youtube, then the WDTV has a Youtube channel.

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I wanted to play my movies from my external HD on my TV and I ended up going with a Western Digital TV Live player. Works pretty good for me. It has a fairly robust set of supported file types and I picked one up (factory refurb) for under $50:

File Formats Supported
Video - AVI (Xvid, AVC, MPEG1/2/4), MPG/MPEG, VOB, MKV (h.264, x.264, AVC, MPEG1/2/4, VC-1), TS/TP/M2T (MPEG1/2/4, AVC, VC-1), MP4/MOV (MPEG4, h.264), M2TS, WMV9, FLV (h.264)
Photo - JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF, BMP, PNG
Audio - MP3, WAV/PCM/LPCM, WMA, AAC, FLAC, MKA, AIF/AIFF, OGG, Dolby Digital, DTS
Playlist - PLS, M3U, WPL
Subtitle - SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB, SMI

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I'm kinda interested in the new apple tv.

Not as an apple tv but as an xbmc player.

The last one could be jailbroken and set up with xbmc, so I'm hoping this one will get this treatment as well.

I've heard great things about the roku and the wd tv, there are a few good blu ray players as well (lg bd 670), but honestly, the best thing is a computer with xbmc or boxee. Of course it's the most expensive option as well.

Google tv will probably be good.....some day. After all, I love my android phone.

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I have a Noontech That I bought in China
It is a great machine, it plays all the formats
I had the WD media player and the Boxee Box
Both ended up in the closet as junk. This will record
play 1080p formats as well, It has ran well now for 2
years. No Issues. Look at other vendors, not just the popular.

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I have bought a couple of the WDTV Live and also a WDTV Live Hub.... I really like the WDTV Live as it has wireless built in as well as HDMI. It works well with the Logitech Harmony remotes. You can use a USB hdd or thumb drive or you can connect to a drive share across the network. I like that it can stream from other drives on the network.

What I did was build a XBMC box on a old computer and the included PVR function. I also set it up to act as a NAS box. I directed the WDTV live boxes to stream from that so I can view anything from any TV or computer in the house or outside on the deck.