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Which digital media receiver should I get?

by flaboyin_no / November 28, 2011 2:33 AM PST

I am from Florida and recently moved to Norway. I want content from home but realize that my location is a problem. I think the only way to get around this is to get a digital media receiver that allows me to set up a proxy server.
Any ideas, suggestions, thoughts?
Thanks for the help.

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Clarification Request
Please be more specific
by Pepe7 / November 28, 2011 2:46 AM PST

Not only about what content you wish to view, but what other features you require. Be more verbose about why you need a proxy server. (hint: it's not as easy as you may be assuming to get U.S. based content in Norway. YMMV)

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by flaboyin_no / November 28, 2011 3:34 AM PST

With regard to content: Netflix, Hulu Plus, I am particularly interested in getting basketball and football both professional and NCAA. My wife would of course like her U.S. tv shows but I think Hulu Plus would take care of that though not sure.
Why a proxy server: I do not know of any other way to get services such as Netflix or Hulu Plus. I am sure there are others out there that would be problematic for me as I am in Norway. I am well aware of the issues with accessing content here as I have been here for a month with nothing but my laptop for entertainment. I have accessed CBS, TV Land, Hulu and a couple of others by using Mozilla/Firefox with foxyproxy. My TV finally arrives from the U.S. this week so I am looking for ways to best utilize it here.
I do mean Apple TV and the like. From what I can tell I won't be able to do what I am wanting to with Roku or Logitech Revue.

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So you solved this issue?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 3:38 AM PST
In reply to: clarification

I read you can watch on the PC so all you need is the video cable from PC to TV?

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Probably need to upgrade
by flaboyin_no / November 28, 2011 3:50 AM PST

I don't really know how that works so if you have any further detail I would appreciate it. My laptop is not exactly top of the line though and I do not think I have the ability to make that kind of connection. Even so I haven't been thrilled with the laptops performance thus far and I am afraid of what it would look like on a 50 inch TV. Again, all of this is beyond my ability so I appreciate any and all suggestions and tips.

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For me it was the same cable from BD player to HDTV
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2011 4:01 AM PST

I plugged in the HDMI cable to my outdated Lenovo y530 and watched the content. I can bet folk want more detail but it was truly that simple here.

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Thanks Bob
by flaboyin_no / November 28, 2011 4:15 AM PST

I do not have an HDMI connection but my wifes laptop does so I will try it out when I get my TV here this week and hopefully it will be just as simple!

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A couple of methods to try
by Pepe7 / November 28, 2011 3:42 AM PST
In reply to: clarification

If you still planned on keeping a U.S. residence with cable or satellite subscription, one way to do would be to set up your own 'proxy' service (per se) using slingbox. The performance depends on both your upload & download bandwidth, as well as what sort of traffic there is between your Norweigian ISP and how that traffic is tunneled back to a U.S. residence. Here's the slingbox you would need:

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by flaboyin_no / November 28, 2011 3:55 AM PST

I do not plan on having a U.S. residence again for a couple of years but I probably know someone who would be willing to let me "piggyback" with a slingbox. I am guessing that your response means there really isn't a way around the content restrictions with anything like Apple TV, Roku etc.?

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by Pepe7 / November 29, 2011 11:25 PM PST
In reply to: thanks

Although I have heard of such a concept called 'private channels' on the Roku, there probably are some limitations though. One example is the re-broadcast (unauthorized) of the Al-Jazeera network to keep up with events in Egypt, etc. Hop on google, or a Roku centered forum for more info.

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