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Boxee Box or WDTV Live Hub For Crystal's New Hangout

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:24 pm
by Crystal
Essexboy's post about shiny new things inspired me to do a similar thing.

I'm currently re'jigging my living space at home since I practucally live in my bedroom which is getting unhealthy. I've built an office scenario in my thrid bedroom which is where my pc / printer will go, and my main bedroom will house my flat screen and cinema. So.... with my pc in the back room I still wanna be able to watch my movie collection (on my HDD) but I don't want wires trailing about everywhere etc. I've got these two things in mind to fix the problem:

The Boxee Box
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0043EV3MS/r ... B0043EV3MS

or

The WDTV Live Hub
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00466IEXE/r ... B00466IEXE

As you can see, the glaring difference is that the WDTV has a 1TB HDD on it for storage. Since I want this to stream to my pc, I don't really care about that. But if they are an identical product, then an extra 30 GBP for a 1TB drive is fairly good value.

Does anyone have either of the afforementioned products that they could comment on? Is there anything else I should be looking at?

I've actually ordered the Boxee Box, but can always cancel it ;)

Re: Boxee Box or WDTV Live Hub For Crystal's New Hangout

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:38 pm
by dox
I am thrilled with the WDTV and have bought several, recommend it every time. Awesome strength, setup, customization, network integration, community, support, etc. I use it in home and corporate environments.

Re: Boxee Box or WDTV Live Hub For Crystal's New Hangout

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:29 pm
by Holyman
buy a bigger smart TV. It's the only real option.

Re: Boxee Box or WDTV Live Hub For Crystal's New Hangout

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:36 pm
by dox
Incorrect, two examples:
  1. the WDTV system actually has community-written firmware, meaning: you can mod your experience (more codecs, different UI, etc) -- good luck getting that kind of robustness elsewhere.
  2. you can move your WDTV to different displays. An integrated solution means you're stuck.

Re: Boxee Box or WDTV Live Hub For Crystal's New Hangout

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:46 pm
by Crystal
Cool Dox that's one vote for the WDTV then!

Holy you're talking about a product that is ten times the cost of what I had in mind. It'll be out of date in 18ms. Not doing that again!

Re: Boxee Box or WDTV Live Hub For Crystal's New Hangout

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:44 pm
by Holyman
buy a ps3/xbox, you'll have something that plays better games than what you can get on your pc and something that you can also stream to!

Re: Boxee Box or WDTV Live Hub For Crystal's New Hangout

Posted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:52 pm
by Crystal
Sold those ages ago.