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#26 OFFLINE   EricRobins

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:24 AM

OP here:

I do have a HTPC, however, the WAF makes it a non-starter, unless I am there to do it. The HTPC is not a dedicated machine, as the kids and I use it for other purposes as well. Running through the HR20 would be the easiest.

My biggest issue is that using Win7, I have to manually change the audio outputs from the "speakers" normal desktop output to the "digital output". Unfortunately, my VideoCard only has DVI out, so audio is separate. I do not know how to get the audio to play out of both the analog and digital ports simlultaneously.

I also tried Netflix via the HTPC last night and there was no DD. Is this for all streaming from Netflix or was it (1) the specific movie (Moon) and/or (2) due to bandwith issues?

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#27 OFFLINE   redfiver

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:25 AM

OP here:

I do have a HTPC, however, the WAF makes it a non-starter, unless I am there to do it. The HTPC is not a dedicated machine, as the kids and I use it for other purposes as well. Running through the HR20 would be the easiest.

My biggest issue is that using Win7, I have to manually change the audio outputs from the "speakers" normal desktop output to the "digital output". Unfortunately, my VideoCard only has DVI out, so audio is separate. I do not know how to get the audio to play out of both the analog and digital ports simlultaneously.

I also tried Netflix via the HTPC last night and there was no DD. Is this for all streaming from Netflix or was it (1) the specific movie (Moon) and/or (2) due to bandwith issues?


Netflix doesn't stream Dolby Digital sound, yet.
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#28 OFFLINE   mdavej

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 12:02 PM

FWIW, most blu-ray players stream netflix quite well these days and aren't much more expensive than a Roku or other dedicated streaming device. In fact, I sold my old blu-ray players and picked up several refurb netflix streaming blu-ray players on ebay for $30-$50 each so I can stream in any room in the house (also got some for family and friends). Heck, even xbox, PS3 and Wii all stream just fine. The only thing I have to use my HTPC for now is streaming hulu and abc. So my advice to the OP is quit fighting D*'s crappy media share and dealing with an HTPC and just get a box that's designed for the job and does it well.

#29 OFFLINE   tonyd79

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Posted 22 June 2010 - 02:48 PM

FWIW, I LOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE my Roku. It does Netflix, it does Amazon, it does MLB.tv, it does Pandora, it does You Tube, it does a whole lot of stuff and more coming all the time.

All for a hundred bucks give or take (depending on model) plus whatever fees the provider like Netflix has (if any).

The interface is super simple. The gadget is reliable and the PQ is reasonably good. (And the box itself is pretty small.)

Other implementations I have seen (Tivo and Playon through mediashare) don't hold a candle to the Roku. Roku's abilities are a big reason why I did not keep my Tivo when I changed internet and cable from Comcast to Fios.
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