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I am looking to stream both audio and video from my Windows XP computer to my television. I do not need anything too fancy. I do not have an HD TV yet, and most of the video on my computer is lower quality videos downloaded from legit media services.

I also have a very large 70+gig music library. I want to be able to watch these videos on my TV and also play my music library. I have done a lot of research, but there is so much out there that I don't know where to start.

Ideally, I would like to spend under $250. I have a pretty average TV with S-Video, but I would like something that could hook up to a better HD TV when I get one. I have very fast internet and I don't need the Media Box to be wireless, but it could be.

Please let me know if you can help. Thanks.


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I'll disregard the dollar point and note the current items.

In reply to: Network Media Streamer

The 2 solutions I'd look at is the XBox 360 and it's solution but I'd hold off that and go get a look at Apple's iTV.


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looking for something that playes more video formats

In reply to: I'll disregard the dollar point and note the current items.

I greatly appreciate the reply, but I already own an Xbox 360, and the reason why I don't wish to use this for my media server is that it is limited to WMV video files, unless you want to transcode everything.

iTV will be limited in the same way, it will only play videos that iTunes can play. I should have said in my post that I am looking for something that will play all sorts of video formats (divx, avi, mpeg, etc). Thanks again.

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That's a PC.

In reply to: looking for something that playes more video formats

Let me be blunt here. I've tried more than a few of these boxes and none will play everything you throw at them. You are free to repeat that lesson.

The iTV is something new and you may be surprised at what it does. Let's hold off dis'ing it until we see how it fairs.


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Home thearter PC, but will cost over $250.

In reply to: That's a PC.

I have PC sitting by my HDTV and hooked to my network and the HDTV with DVI. It has Quicktime player, Dvix and Real Player as well as WMP10, so I can play all most any file. Works great but cost more than $250.
I agree with Bob, wait awhile and see what Apples iTV can do. john

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