[mythtv-users] The Boxee Box

Matt Emmott memmott at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 15:36:20 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 9:52 AM, Brian Wood <beww at beww.org> wrote:

> Not really a game changer, it can be done today. I use the PlayOn server
> ($30) to serve up Hulu, Netflix etc. to any UPnP/DLNA capable device. It
> works quite well and looks pretty good on an X-Box 360, PS3, D-Link
> DSM-520, a Myka and others.
> Netflix can be done for $99 using their Roku box.
> But it's certainly an interesting device, similar in capability and cost to
> the Myka unit.
> It's almost certainly using something like the Sigma chip, the drivers for
> which are NOT open source AFAIK. You need an NDA to even look at the
> code.
> If the device is truly completely open source, I'm definitely interested.
Hmm, I hadn't thought about PlayOn for flash streaming to low powered
machines. I had stayed away from ION nettops because they didn't have the
power to stream Hulu etc, but I already use PlayOn to stream to my Xbox 360.
I guess since it's probably streaming something like RTSP under the hood
it's less CPU intensive than flash and might work for me. Not as pretty as
Boxee or XBMC (Has anybody seen the new XBMC beta interface? It's really
nice!) but it's an option I hadn't considered before.
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