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Hardware suggestion for Amazon Prime

Discussion in 'IPTV Hardware' started by kiknwing, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Dec 3, 2011 #1 of 15
    kiknwing

    kiknwing Godfather

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    I'm looking for a good piece of hardware that would primary be used for watching amazon prime videos. I would also like it to play back h.264 and/or mkv, blu-ray disc support would be nice but optional. Netflix and hulu support doesn't matter because I don't subscribe to either and don't plan to in the near future. Wireless is not required either, I have a network cable already in place for it. My budget is $150, I can go a little over but would prefer not to.
     
  2. Dec 3, 2011 #2 of 15
    oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    Here is a link of devices that support Amazon VOD http://www.amazon.com/gp/video/ontv/ontv/ref=sv_mov_aiv_2
     
  3. Dec 4, 2011 #3 of 15
    sledgehammer1367066128

    sledgehammer1367066128 New Member

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    If I ever decide to go that route, I plan on using my current PC.

    Unless there's some reason I can't.
     
  4. Dec 4, 2011 #4 of 15
    oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    Having an extra PC to handle all your streaming needs would be the best way to go. I would want HDMI and a graphics and sound card that could piggyback it through the 1 HDMI. But your talking over $500 dollars or more for this kind of setup, I think. I would hook it into my Pioneer receiver, I think it would be Awesome
     
  5. Dec 4, 2011 #5 of 15
    kiknwing

    kiknwing Godfather

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    If I can't find something that fits my needs I might hold off for a new pc and covert my current to a media center.
     
  6. Dec 4, 2011 #6 of 15
    sledgehammer1367066128

    sledgehammer1367066128 New Member

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    Already got that, along with 2 1TB Internal drives and a 2TB Expansion drive. HDMI goes to the TV with an Optical cable out to the Panasonic HTS/DVD player.
     
  7. Dec 4, 2011 #7 of 15
    oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    That's great, your set
     
  8. Dec 4, 2011 #8 of 15
    kiknwing

    kiknwing Godfather

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    Anyone have experience with the Sony Internet TV NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray disc player?
     
  9. compwrench

    compwrench New Member

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    i just built a rig for streaming. An AMD 6 Core (can upgrade to the X8 Bulldozer) with a MSI motherboard that does not have built in video. I am using a GeForce video card with HDMI out, The NVIDIA driver incorporates the sound. I also got a mobo with S/PDIF coax out for normal sound or listing to music through the 5.1.
     
  10. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    That sounds like a kick ass setup, could you give a ballpark figure of what it cost? I want one :)
     
  11. kiknwing

    kiknwing Godfather

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    I settled on a Logitech Revue that I got from tigerdirect for $80. I will post a review of the device when I get it setup, after christmas. I was on the fence about getting a new pc and using my 2 year old one for a htpc, but I could not justify the $500 price tag that came with it.
     
  12. rog47776

    rog47776 Cool Member

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    Last time I checked, you still can not (easily) capture cable / dish HD to a PC to use as a DVR. Also, I think Amazon still restricts certain HD content from PC based streaming. ...mater of fact, I got a ROKU just so I could get all Amazon HD available.
     
  13. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    And the ROKU / Amazon setup is 5.1 with Awesome HD. Buying and owning Breaking Bad and the Walking DEAD from Amazon is giving me as good of a picture quality as my Dish Network, which I will be cord cutting once my contract is over.
     
  14. dualsub20061367066128

    dualsub20061367066128 New Member

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    I can't recall the exact model of my Sony Blu ray player, but it played a large part in me buying Apple TV boxes and the Roku boxes.

    Sony rarely ever updates the software on these devices. In the year I've had it I can recall 1 update, and the software has definitely got some issues.

    The breaking point for me is the Sony's inability to do adaptive streaming. Where the stream quality on my A TV and Roku will occasionally fluctuate, when the Sony should adjust as well it simply stops and buffers.

    You're limited to the streaming options that Sony adds or is paid to add and you can't remove or reorder their streaming apps.

    I don't like mine for anything other than discs.
     
  15. kiknwing

    kiknwing Godfather

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    Revue first impression:

    Setup was very easy, not fast because of an update, but easy. I skipped hooking up my directv reciever just to keep the two separate for now. I do wish there was an actual app for amazon instant videos instead of a link to the website. The video quality off of amazon was pretty good. The marketplace has a good selection of apps. I do have one complaint, is there an off or standby mode? I'm only going to use it once in a while and don't see a reason to keep it on all the time.
     

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