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Re: HD media player - consensus on the best?



On the subject of XBMC / Boxee, etc. Are these capable of accessing
ITV,
4OD and Five tv shows without having to resort to using a browser?

I am under SWMBO pressure to get something sorted. Having won brownie
points with setting up the kids Wii to access BBC iPlayer for her, she
tried watching ITV on it, but failed and had to resort to using the
laptop - resulting in much grumbling.

So, I am on the lookout for a solution that is capable of accessing all
of the terestrial channel replay services, that has a very simple
interface operated from a remote control. The idea of the Acer Revo 3600
with either XBMC or Boxee seems most likely - so long as it can access
iPlayer and the equivalent services from the commercial channels without
resorting back to the PC interface to use a web browser.

Does anyone know if this is possible?

cheers
Geoff

Paul Gale wrote:
> Thanks Dean,
>
> I'll continue playing and see how much I like it (XBMC) or not...
>
> Paul.
>
>
>
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: ukha_d@xxxxxxx [mailto:ukha_d@xxxxxxx] On Behalf
>> Of Dean Barrett
>> Sent: 06 April 2010 14:28
>> To: ukha_d@xxxxxxx
>> Subject: RE: [ukha_d] HD media player - consensus on the best?
>>
>> I have to be honest and say no
>>
>> Other than I assume XBMC cant play a BluRay disc if I put it in PC
>> (though I
>> havent tried this yet) - I cant see anywhere the C200 wins..
>>
>> I like the C200 as its simple for movie playback - and the A100 is
>> great to
>> stick in one of the kids rooms rather than XBMC, but for 'wow'
front
>> end on
>> the living room Plasma XBMC has it.
>>
>> I'm still not a massive fan of the navigation in XMBC -
Popcornhour I
>> find
>> to be more intuative, which is why I went away from Plex as it was
>> getting
>> way to complex. I don't know what remote controls you can use to
give
>> you
>> proper right/left/up/down control - certainly the little Logitech
>> micro-keyboard has a switch that locks it into remote control
emulation
>> giving up/down etc.
>>
>> I think if I wasn't using Control4 I would have stuck with the
C200,
>> but
>> with the C4 controller giving 'normal' remote control of XBMC it
means
>> all
>> members of the family can navigate it as easily as the C200
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Dean.
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: ukha_d@xxxxxxx [mailto:ukha_d@xxxxxxx] On Behalf
>> Of
>> Paul Gale
>> Sent: 06 April 2010 14:17
>> To: 'ukha_d@xxxxxxx'
>> Subject: RE: [ukha_d] HD media player - consensus on the best?
>>
>> I must say I'm really impressed how far XBMC has come on,
especially
>> with
>> the new look skins.
>>
>> Is there anywhere where your PCH wins over it?
>>
>> Paul.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: ukha_d@xxxxxxx [mailto:ukha_d@xxxxxxx] On
>>>
>> Behalf
>>
>>> Of Dean Barrett
>>> Sent: 06 April 2010 13:18
>>> To: ukha_d@xxxxxxx
>>> Subject: RE: [ukha_d] HD media player - consensus on the best?
>>>
>>> Yes - have tried all three.
>>>
>>> Plex - on a mac mini - but didn't have horsepower for bluray
rips
>>> Boxee - much more focused on Social Media XBMC - currently the
>>> prettiest of the three in its current form (just my
>>> opinion)
>>>
>>> I've installed the iPlayer/Youtube/Apple trailers on XMBC all
work
>>> great, which didn't when I tried them on Plex (though that was
some
>>> time ago)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Dean.
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: ukha_d@xxxxxxx [mailto:ukha_d@xxxxxxx] On
>>>
>> Behalf
>>
>>> Of Paul Gale
>>> Sent: 06 April 2010 12:46
>>> To: 'ukha_d@xxxxxxx'
>>> Subject: RE: [ukha_d] HD media player - consensus on the best?
>>>
>>> Ian/Dean,
>>>
>>> Have you tried Boxee instead of XBMC? Any thoughts?
>>>
>>> I guess Plex is the other alternative - but a latest mac mini
is just
>>> too expensive :(
>>>
>>> Paul.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: ukha_d@xxxxxxx [mailto:ukha_d@xxxxxxx] On
>>>>
>>> Behalf
>>>
>>>> Of Ian Oliver
>>>> Sent: 06 April 2010 07:43
>>>> To: ukha_d@xxxxxxx
>>>> Subject: Re: [ukha_d] HD media player - consensus on the
best?
>>>>
>>>> In article
>>>>
>>>>
>> <564D52CC2069D44EB996CDEAD94D911E98F1753454@xxxxxxx
>>
>>>> x
>>>> el.com>, Paul
>>>> Gale wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> I guess this is impossible as everyone has their own
thoughts and
>>>>>
>>>> experiences on this and there
>>>> are a LOT out there - but, is there a consensus on which
hardware
>>>> media players would be at the top of the list for quality,
features
>>>> and most of all UI usability?
>>>>
>>>> Acer Revo R3600, Linux, and XBMC.
>>>>
>>>> Ian Oliver
>>>> Sunny Leeds, UK
>>>> Using Java on Tini for control via Dallas 1-wire
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