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Old 08-28-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Effectively DITCHING cable (roku, playon, etc.)

Roku looks interesting, Playon has a free trial I will start tonight.

I have a wii and Netflix streaming is freaking awesome.

Anyone have opinions on Roku and Playon?

If any 2 of these work out I am ecstatic.

anything else I should know about?


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Old 08-28-2012, 07:40 PM   #2
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IIRC, you have pretty ecclectic taste when it comes to TV so, my .02, get the Roku take it for a spin but keep your receipt.

I have 3 Roku and they are all nothing more than Netflix receivers. Everything else I have tried to watch has been crap.

I've been using mine off and on as media server endpoint receivers with limited success (applications for such are limited).

TBH, I'd rather have every TV networked by Ethernet and HDMI and just stream direct to them from a local PC.

As for PlayOn, I cannot say. I tried it a year ago and gave up on it because most of the channel plug-ins were either broken or required a subscription.

That said, I have been cable/satt free for well over a year now using Roku, Media Server PC, Netflix, and OTA.


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Old 08-28-2012, 07:42 PM   #3
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I have Playon and it is decent if you have a good computer to use as the Hub and fast internet. Unfortunately I have an older computer and don't have the 5 gig minimum space requirement and my CPU speed is low to...but PlayOn still works on my PS3 just not the greatest picture quality or if trying to watch something live like something on ESPN 3...get a lot of buffering and freezing.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:43 PM   #4
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download the watchseries plugin for playon! some streams are hit & miss.. I like gorillavid, videoweed, vreel & veehd for steady streams.. also look at the % reliable..
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Playon says you can play it on a wii. How fast could the wii be?
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Playon says you can play it on a wii. How fast could the wii be?
Early morning wii or late nite wii?

FTR, another member on HBT tried PlayOn with Wii and complained that resolution was seriously limited through that platform.
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Early morning wii or late nite wii?

FTR, another member on HBT tried PlayOn with Wii and complained that resolution was seriously limited through that platform.
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There is a god, and it's name is IceFilms.............

You'll want a PC with wireless mouse/keyboard though.
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PlayOn can be added to Roku as a channel and can work as a rough media server too. Problem is, Roku is VERY limited on media formats so you find yourself having to transcode everything to meet it's needs.
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PlayOn can be added to Roku as a channel and can work as a rough media server too. Problem is, Roku is VERY limited on media formats so you find yourself having to transcode everything to meet it's needs.
Long story, but I am operating with a Droid, a Wii, a TV, and wireless internet.

Even with a computer not sure I could transcode anything.


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