[mythtv-users] The Boxee Box

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Dec 8 15:49:09 UTC 2009

On Tuesday 08 December 2009 08:36:20 am Matt Emmott wrote:
> 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 
> > ($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 
> > 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 
> 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 
>  It's really nice!) but it's an option I hadn't considered before.

The problems with PlayON is it's Windows-only, and requires a fairly beefy 
machine. I'm running it in a VM on a beefy server, and it works well.

But it makes HuLu into a more "TV-like" experience.

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