Web Movie Streaming

Have you ever been frustrated at the prospect of attempting to employ out the latest blockbuster DVD, getting to drive to your closest outlet only to be told "they are all booked out". Now there is an alternative using quick Media Streaming devices by way of the web direct to your Plasma tv. In this post you can uncover which device might suit your requirements!

This was my encounter lately when attempting to rent the Blu-ray Cowboys and Aliens. That got me thinking, what about buying one of the new Media Streamers and attaching it to my Plasma tv?

Having a fairly fast web speed of 11MBytes/sec would permit me to open up a entire new globe of digital media, from streaming music files and web radio to HD films from the likes of Netflix and Blinkbox. But which device would suit my method, because my internet router is situated in my study upstairs.

I could buy a device like the more expensive D-Link Boxee which consists of a wireless connection or invest less money and go for the new Sony SMP-N200 which is more of a simple streamer at half the price.

Further Investigation

Since being released a few years ago the D-Hyperlink Boxee which was in a position to play a wide range of video and music files has undergone a software upgrade. It's cost is £200 and can play higher quality audio formats (FLAC and WAV) as nicely as HD video (inc MKV files).Outputs consist of two USB sockets to allow it to connect to external devices and that could include an external Difficult drive. This would successfully produce an affordable server. Also the Boxee will communicate with any NAS (Networked Storage Device) on your system which will permit you to browse your library of video,music and media data.

Interestingly, Boxee now has a devoted BBC iPlayer app onboard which indicates it is easier to navigate around and as lengthy as you have at least 2MB/sec internet speed, browsing quality ought to not be a problem.

However what struck my interest the most was the fact that the movie-streaming provider Blinkbox had now signed up to include a devoted Film app as well. YouTube was also catered for and a big plus for music fans the addition of Spotify.

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It appears that D-Hyperlink are on to a winner here!!

What about a viable option? Well as I talked about earlier the Sony SMP-N200 can offer a simple Smart-Tv upgrade.Coming in at just below £99 it can also play a variety of video and audio files, although it will not deal with MKV or AAC Files over the network.it will nevertheless play each these formats by way of its USB input.

This device consists of wifi and its software program menus are easy to navigate about and comparable to these discovered on its Blu-ray players and TVs. A large plus for those of us with older TVs is the reality that the SMP-N200 also sports analogue audio and component video outputs.

If you do own a 3D Flat Screen Television, Sony can also show 3D Video each online and via USB. Whether you are streaming the BBC iPlayer in HD or using its Video Unlimited film service, we have been told the sound and picture quality is excellent.

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