questionswhat is your preferred streaming device (roku…

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The Roku you have now should work fine. Not sure why you are looking for something else. I have a couple of Roku's, a couple of Wii's and they all do what they are supposed to do. If you are looking for a new toy, check out the Google Chromecast, about 35 bucks, if you just need to stream Netflix, Youtube, and Google Play.

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Another Chromecast fan here, but be aware it only supports YouTube and Netflix at this point (and Chrome browser tabs on PCs and Macs).

The Chromecast is a little different from the Roku and Apple TV sort of streaming devices - it uses your WiFi device (phone, tablet, PC) to take content from YouTube or Netflix and redirect the output to your TV. It doesn't have any sort of interface of its own like the Roku box.

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I have a blu-ray with built-in wifi that streams netflix, pandora, and some other service that I don't use. I find it useful to have netflix on my blu-ray because it equates to fewer additional remotes in my living room. There are many blu-ray players that can do this.

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I love my chromecast. It works for us because all we ever really stream is netflix, though the casting from a chrome tab on the computer works well too. It isn't used at home much though because we have a tv that also streams netflix via built in wifi.
The real reason i love the chromecast is portability. When staying at a hotel (with a flat panel tv with hdmi), all i have to do is set up a hot spot with the phone, log in and i can stream all of those "wonderful shows" that a 2 year old thinks she needs before bed.

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I use ChromeCast and a dual core laptop hanging off the back of the TV running xmbc.

I am looking for something that will do Hulu, Netflix and the 'local channels' all in one box for simplicity.
Any suggestions?
FYI all our PCs in our house are too slow to cast chrome tabs from the major networks.

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Core2 Duo with a EVGA 550gtx HTPC, with Windows Media center. I added a few digital tuners and have OTA HDTV as well as cable. The best part is it streams both ways and as a bonus I can watch live tv from anywhere using Remote Potato. It is a pain to get it all going but it was so worth it.

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Pick up a used Playstation 3. You can probable find one for uber cheap now that the PS4 is right around the corner. I can find them used for $75 - 100 all day long. Install PS3 media server on your PC. That PS3 will play just about everything you can throw at it.

If anyone disagrees they either don't own one or don't know what they're talking about.

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If you have any other Apple devices, the Apple TV is pretty cool, because in addition to streaming Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, Vemo, etc etc; you can also stream from an iphone, ipad or itunes on your pc

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Similar to airbrat's suggestion, I highly recommend an xbox. I find the streaming a bit more seamless and downloading much quicker.

Streams just about absolutely every media possible: netflix, hulu, vudu, youtube, vevo, iheartradio, rhapsody - even tv networks. The apps are endless!

And as with the PS3, the new Xbox One launches in a few weeks, so there are lots of deals around for the current model. Good luck & have fun!

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It really depends on what you plan on streaming. I have 3 rokus (2nd gen) and an Xbox 360 all mainly used for streaming Netflix.

Rokus are great as you can use it for other subscription streamers like Amazon and Hulu Pandora but you can also find 3rd party channels as well. And just recently I started using it to access Plex from just about anywhere its a great little box and for the price you can't go wrong.

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Rokus are good. I usually just use my laptop though

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@durkzilla: according to the website (and andoid interface) it also works with Hulu

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I use a PS3, but a jailbroken AppleTV running xbmc will offer more flexibility (and better .mkv compatibility). For the streaming stuff, PS3 works great. For playing files from the DLNA server running on the NAS, it works well as long as the file type is supported.

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@airbrat: Except that the PS3 consumes more power than most other streaming devices (including at idle) and the default controls are not obvious to people who don't normally use a playstation. For some people those downsides don't matter but to others they do.

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I also have a blu-ray that I use the stream Netflix. have a computer hooked to my TV which I use to stream You Tube, HULU, and direct video resources (such as from the network's own websites). The blu-ray has You Tube access and can accomplish most of what I use the computer for, including playing videos from a thumb or external drive. But the computer interface is more familiar and comfortable for me.

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I don't really have a preferred box. I have a Wii and a blu-ray player with built-in apps and both work fine. Before we got the blu-ray player, the Wii was fine for streaming Netflix and Amazon. Now that we have the blu-ray player, we use it instead mainly because it's just one less device we need to switch to.

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I use Apple TV, which works great for with my other Apple products. If you don't use Apple though, I'd look at the Western Digital WD Live.

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I have a Roku and love it so much I just ordered a second one. The interface is far ahead of most other options and the flexibility to add different channels is amazing. They now offer more than 1,000 different channels, so chances are you can find at least a few dozen you will love. Plus, because Roku has a very large user base, they are often one of the first platforms to get updates and new content. So when Netflix rolls out a new UI, Roku typically gets it first.

The one negative is they don't allow YouTube. I wish they would work something out with Google, but for the time being it isn't available. Everything else is... plus hundreds of channels you can't get anywhere else.

As to the PS3 that others have mentioned, I tried that for a while. Sure it works - but booting it up and logging in and selecting the right app takes time, and it seemed every other week Sony mandated yet another update which is frustrating when you just want to log in and watch some TV.

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I also use a new blu-Ray player and ps3. I like these because they were cheap (for what they do), include most all the streaming services and update on their own. The used PS3 was pretty cheap off ebay and the sony blu-ray was about $60 at walmart.
i use Netflix, Hulu, Crackle and Vudu mostly. Sometimes Youtube.