AV Rant #249: Liz’s Rack
This may be our last podcast after Liz sees the title. Hopefully she’s in a good mood that day. The title should be “Listener Question Day” as Tom and Liz tackle five different emails. Star Wars Blu-ray in 6.1? Who cares when Tom has a new favorite movie. David gives AV Rant a first and has a few questions about subs. Tim fills us in on Blockbuster closing in Canada. Jason is thinking of mounting his speakers and has a question about center changel placement. Liz found a device that she absolutely loves and a solution for commercials that Tom thinks is brilliant. Movie revenues are up but is attendance? Tom and Liz speculate. Amazon considers a new book lending solution. Liz’s Soup to Nuts is on set-top-streaming boxes (notes below). Thanks for listening and don’t forget to vote for us at Podcast Alley! To see our (mostly) complete collection of show videos, click here. Download Tom’s FREE ebook Bob Moore: No Hero which is pretty much available everywhere. Friend Tom and Liz on Google+ to join in on one of our hangouts.
Set Top Boxes:
- Boxee Box – dedicated hardware to run the boxee software. this is their primary platform now. The boxee box gets the first software updates. Main focus is on “apps”. Will stream most media from a fileserver or another computer. Made by dlink $230 ($180 via Amazon) Side note. has an awesome remote with QWERTY keyboard. Lots of supported file formats.
- Western Digital — stream movies and internet video to your TV.
- Slingbox -place shifting (record in / stream from one location, play in another location) via internet connectivity (mobile app, or website, hardware box) base model $180
- Squeezebox – network music player, internet radio, your own music collection, wireless streaming to enabled devices: nearly 300$
- Logitech Revue– plug in cable box/tivo and internet — puts a web interface around your tv. Applications like netflix, amazon on-demand, working on a hulu app 99$ value.
- Roku player – netflix, hulu plus, amazon instant video, pandora, ufc (ultimate fighting championship) $60 – $100
- LG Plex — set top box still need to install plex on a home computer to use, but the box will let you connect a non-internet enabled TV to the web. the usual assortment of streaming services.
- AppleTV – content from apple, stream from idevice through airplay. device does have a jail break
Click here for Feature Comparison Chart.