Best streaming media players according to redditors

We found 1,431 Reddit comments discussing the best streaming media players. We ranked the 282 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/getcashmoney · 44 pointsr/cordcutters

Edit: So I provide an article with legitimate information supporting the claim, and people downvote. Got it.

Edit 2: I was right. Amazon 4K HDR video being advertised with the new Shield!

u/mbz321 · 32 pointsr/technology

A Tivo subscription is $15 a month, plus you have to buy a box that costs several hundred dollars.....not exactly a good alternative. Now this product a few years back was a good deal,, but of course it quietly disappeared from the market and there really isn't anything like it.

u/jibjabjrjr · 21 pointsr/Jeopardy

As CoolVids said, I post the episodes every day in the discussion threads. My uploads are rarely HD tho, just a watchable-quality (and same-day) screen-grab.

Why did your digital-antenna plan go up in smoke? If you're in the city, you should be able to get ABC 7 with a $10 antenna. I bought this crappy $30 PVR to record stuff when I'm away. It has a shitty interface, but it records to a USB stick and the recordings are always flawless HD.

Another option, Youtube TV is an online service that also lets you stream and DVR shows. I really liked it, but it was a bit expensive for me. Only available in select media markets, but I know it includes Chicago.

u/wr_m · 21 pointsr/thebachelor

Your TV needs to have a built in tuner, if it does it'll have a coax input that looks like this.

If it doesn't, you can buy an external tuner like this.

As for antennas, just search around for "TV antenna" and you'll get something like this. The biggest difference between any are pretty much the range. They all will give you a coax cable that you just plug in (and screw the nut to tighten) to your TV or tuner box. Longer range ones will also need USB power but they usually come with all the stuff you need.

Once you do that place the antenna where you please. On your TV your settings menu should have a section named something like "TV", "antenna", or "channels". You'll need to go there and tell it to scan for channels. If you can't find the menu you can likely just search for your TV brand and antenna to find a guide

Finding a good position for the antenna might be tricky. You might need to move it around, rescan for channels, and try again and again. Eventually you should max out the number of channels you can get and have a stable TV picture.

Unfortunately depending on your location you might not get great TV reception. You can try to search for your location here to get a sense of what channels you may get and how strong the signal might be.

Hope this helps!

u/Mysterius · 16 pointsr/Android

The new Shield TV models include both the new TV remote and the new game controller:

Still the same price ($199) as the original Shield TV.

The new remote and controller are also sold separately, so that owners of the original Shield TV can upgrade their accessories if they want to without repurchasing the entire console (since the basic hardware remains the same and the new features are coming to the original Shield TV in a software update).

u/hardwarequestions · 13 pointsr/cordcutters

you'll want to familiarize yourself with the varying options of devices called "set top boxes" or "media streamers". check the sidebar here and do a little google searching.

these devices that are generally small electronic boxes with their own power ins, hdmi outs, and usb ports for connecting media storage devices like flashdrives or external HDD's. they essentially display your saved media on your tv screen and allow for its playback.

sound like what you're looking for?

these boxes range from $60 to around $200 depending on the extra functionality you want.

my personal preference, especially if you want to playback local content, is the WD TV Live.

u/probablyblocked · 13 pointsr/buildapcsales

Can confirm: lynk

u/dsignori · 13 pointsr/cordcutters

You can grab a Roku Stick pretty cheap. I would go that way and you’d be all set.

u/evil0sheep · 12 pointsr/oculus

Here's a company that makes high performance wireless HDMI transmitters (<2ms latency for all products), with prices ranging from $800-$4000. You can get cheaper transmitters off amazon (only a couple hundred dollars, which is still very significant for a $350 HMD) but its hard to find products with actual specs, and since there isn't a wireless HDMI standard you can bet that they get shittier as they get cheaper.

[email protected] uncompressed is just shy of 4 Gbps, which is a lot to ask from consumer wireless hardware. The latency isn't whats holding wireless video back or whats making it expensive, its just the absurd bandwidth demand of streaming high-framerate, uncompressed, HD video. Modulating a voltage onto an EM wave and then demodulating it back to voltage in hardware does not take very long.

u/deadedgo · 12 pointsr/worldnews

I've bought one of these great, great Amazon Fire TV Sticks and it has not set anything on fire. Total fake news. Very amazing product. ^(Really, really great.)

u/Antonskarp · 11 pointsr/Games

Wireless HDMI is expensive as hell though. Your particular model is 200 usd. Not to mention the range (9m) is even shorter than an actual HDMI cable, which already has a ridiculously tiny range (~15m).

EDIT: It appears I got the wrong model. This is the right one:

u/sarowen · 11 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

[Amazon Fire TV Stick] ( -- A great gift for people who don't yet have a "smart TV." Our TV is almost 10 years old, and there's nothing wrong with it, so we don't want to waste money on a new television. For that reason, the Fire TV Stick is perfect for us!

u/aspbergerinparadise · 10 pointsr/AndroidGaming

There are really 2 classes of mobile controllers. You have the "pocketable" ones and you have the "full-sized" controllers.

Are you looking for something you can put in your pocket? Or is this going into a backpack or someplace where you'll have more room?

for the "pocketable" controllers, there aren't a ton of options. A few of the more popular ones:

  • MOGA Pocket MOGA's first foray into controllers. No D-pad. Kind of cramped. Only 1 set of shoulder buttons. But it's only $18 right now (in the US at least).
  • MOGA Hero Power Update version of the Pocket. Slightly larger and more comfortable. Has a d-pad. But still only 1 set of shoulder buttons.(fixed) Quite a bit more expensive at $45 USD.
  • Ipega bluetooth controller d-pad, dual-analog sticks, 1 set of shoulder buttons. There are similar ones made by Nyko and some other companies. I think they're just re-brands of the same generic controller though. $22 USD

    I haven't used those, but from what I've read they work pretty well for shorter gaming sessions. An hour or more and your hand is going to feel pretty cramped though.

    for the full-sized controllers there are more options.

  • PS3 controller with a gameKlip. I haven't used this myself but people are constantly praising it. Personally, I can't stand the analog stick placement on PS controllers, but if you like it then this is a good solution. However, you said that you're using a tablet, so the gameklip probably won't help you.
  • XBOX 360 controller with an OTG cable. I use this one all the time. It works really well. Very comfortable, plenty of buttons. Although the d-pad sucks. Another downside is wires. You need the OTG cable to connect to either a wired XBOX controller, or to the xbox wireless receiver
  • MOGA Pro / Pro Power I have the MOGA Pro, and I use it pretty frequently. I typically use the xbox controller at home, and the MOGA while on the road. It's about 3/4 the size of an xbox controller and therefore not quite as comfortable. It does work very well though. Haven't tried the Pro Power, but it's the newer version. Since they're the same price I'd pick the Pro Power over the older Pro.
  • NYKO playpad I think this is really very similar to the IPEGA one in terms of build quality. However it has triggers as well as shoulder buttons, a d-pad, and extended grips. Plus it's cheap. Only $20 USD.

    One of the main benefits with the MOGA line of controllers is that they have the phone-holder clip built right in. But if you're using this for a tablet, then that doesn't really help you. Therefore I think I'd recommend that you get either an XBOX 360 controller or a PS3 controller. You simply can't beat the quality of those two. MOGA's coming close, but it's not there yet.

    |Controller Model|Full-Sized|D-Pad|Shoulder Triggers|Wireless|Phone-Holder|Price (USD)|
    |MOGA Pocket| | | | X | X | 18|
    |MOGA Hero Power | | X | X | X | X | 45|
    |MOGA Pro Power| X | X | X | X | X | 50|
    | Ipega bluetooth controller| | X | | X | X | 20|
    |NYKO Playpad | | X | | X | X | 15 |
    |NYKO Playpad Pro| X | X | X | X| | 20|
    | DualShock 3* | X | X | X | X | w/ gameKlip| 40|
    | Wired XBOX 360 Controller | X | X | X | | | 35|

    * Dualshock 3 controller (PS3 Controller) requires the Sixaxis app($2.50) and Root (if you want to use bluetooth instead of the OTG)
    Xbox 360 Controller requires USB OTG cable (~ $5 shipped)
u/lambda26 · 10 pointsr/emulation

So for those bummed out about this and are looking for alternatives here are a few options

  1. build one yourself with a raspberry pi
    I would recommend using a RPi2 or RPI3 rather than the zero.
    check out these subreddits for more info


    r/recalbox (my personal favorite os for emulation)


  2. use an android box for emulation

    amazon fire tv

    Nvidia shield tv

    Emtec gembox

  3. use an old laptop or desktop
    look on craigslist for old computers you can usually find one under $50 that will work just fine
    both lakka os and recalbox os have x86 ports that run fine on desktop
    i also recommend a bluetooth adapter and a 8bitdo controller

  4. if your looking for something more portable putting homebrew launcher on a 3ds or 2ds works really well
    check out r/3dshacks for that

    edit: formatting
u/Disc_Golf · 9 pointsr/cordcutters

WD TV LIVE will work great but it is $80 not sure if that is too much for you.

u/Jeffro_2700 · 9 pointsr/AndroidTV

That's what I thought. Here it is again straight from the app.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Streaming Media Player [2017 Version]

u/apmauj · 9 pointsr/uruguay

Ofertas previas al viernes afro:

u/sevendayconstant · 8 pointsr/cordcutters

I picked up the WDTV Live about 2.5 years ago and it's worked flawlessly. It plays every file I've thrown at it so far which is exactly why I bought it. It also has a ton of 'apps' but I've never tried using any of them so I can't comment on that. I don't think the WDTV Live is well-received around here for some reason though.

u/Zediac · 8 pointsr/AskMen


Now, keep in the mind that I greatly preferred the Xbox 360 over the PS3.

I don't trust Microsoft anymore. They showed that they actively tried to fuck over the consumers. They planned to implement several things that hurt the gaming experience and screwed the player in order to have as much control as possible over how you spend your money. They only reneged on all of that after everyone lashed out at them. They had dominance over the last generation and sought to use their name brand to force people to eat their hyper controlling garbage.

Meanwhile Sony learned from their missteps and mistakes from the PS3 and is doing much better in their approach to the PS4. Sony became the more consumer friendly and trustworthy one. Imagine that.

Beyond that, the PS4 performs better.

But, really, both of the current gen consoles are medium to medium low gaming PCs. Seriously, they're using mostly standard PC parts now. Which will also make ports to the PC much, much easier. And many games on both consoles are capped at 720P @ 30 fps while some are able to get 720P upscaled to 1080P @ 60 FPS. Meanwhile PCs are doing 1080P - 4K @ 60 -120 fps.

Plus, the indie gaming scene is so much better on PC. There are lots of seriously great small titles to be had. And Steam/GoG sales. Oh, yes. And there's always emulation for older games from NES through PS2.

For the record, I have ~15 consoles throughout the years and 2 gaming PCs. My only "current gen" consoles is the Wii U as I can't justify the other 2 right now.


> I also work in IT so staring at a computer screen on top of my 9 hour workdays would probably drive me crazy.

So hook a PC up to your TV. It's what I do. I sit on my couch with either a wireless keyboard and mouse or a Xbox 360 Windows controller with my PC hooked to my big screen TV and surround sound system. And as for the size, a mid tower isn't much bigger than either console. And if you want to keep the PC away from the TV you can just get a wireless transmitter to send the HDMI signal to the TV. My PC sits next to my TV. I haven't used a computer desk in years.

u/xiah · 8 pointsr/RandomActsOfGaming

Realistic 10,000: Pay debt and tuition.

Fantasy 10,000:

Astro A50's + case = $320

Dooney and Bourke Bag = $368.00

7 day trip to Spain with round trip airfare = 1,999.00 per ticket + 3,500 additional expenses = $5,500

Epic sushi dinner celebration for family of four = $250

Roundtrip flight tickets to korea for my mum who misses her family very much = $1,500 per ticket + 1,500 additional spending moneys = $3,000

The Last of Us = $60

Bioshock Infinite = $35

PS4 = $400

Assortment of alcohol = $200

Baggie of ganja = $117

This was fun to do and totally killed my production level at work, thanks for the giveaway and prompt SpaceWorX!

u/Bhayeecon · 8 pointsr/xboxone

Oh man, I second the call to bring this to the US. Since I don't subscribe to cable/satellite, I had to get a Mediasonic HD tuner in order to use the xbox one live TV funcionality. This would be a much more elegant solution....

u/onwuka · 7 pointsr/Android

> nvidia shield game

Is it really worth $200?

edit there's a pro for $300

u/slider162 · 7 pointsr/PleX

Looks like it is also on sale on Amazon. About $15 difference between eBay and Amazon.

u/justathoughtfromme · 7 pointsr/youtubetv

Go with a Roku Streaming Stick+. That way, regardless of what smart TV you buy in the future, you'll have a good external device you can use to stream. Smart apps tend to age poorly, but Rokus tend to have a bit longer life and get supported better.

u/08830 · 7 pointsr/cordcutters

Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick 4K is effectively replacing the company’s Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD, which the company introduced last year. “We have sold through the earlier Fire TV 4K edition inventory and we do not plan to replenish supply at this time,” says a spokesperson.

Pre-order HERE. Official release is October 31st.

Features & details

  • The most powerful 4K streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming.

  • Launch and control all your favorite movies and TV shows with the next-gen Alexa Voice Remote. New power, volume, and mute buttons to control your TV, sound bar, and receiver.

  • Enjoy brilliant picture and immersive sound with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos.

  • Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes. Watch favorites from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, STARZ, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, and others.
    Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills, plus millions of websites like YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit.

  • Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player—view live camera feeds, check the weather, dim the lights, and stream music.

  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes, plus ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music.

  • No cable or satellite? No problem. Watch live TV and sports with subscriptions to Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Sling TV.


  • Processor: Quad-core 1.7 GHz

  • GPU: IMG GE8300

  • Storage: 8 GB

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi networks.

  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 + LE

  • Ports: HDMI output, micro USB for power only

  • Audio Support: Dolby Atmos, 7.1 surround sound, 2-channel stereo, and HDMI audio pass through up to 5.1

  • Content Formats Supported: Video: Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HDR10+, HLG, H.265, H.264, VP9 Audio: AAC-LC, AC3, eAC3 (Dolby Digital Plus), FLAC, MP3, PCM/Wave, Vorbis, Dolby Atmos (EC3_JOC), Photo: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP

  • Output Resolution Supported: 2160p, 1080p and 720p up to 60 fps

    For a limited time, save $10 when you purchase two Fire TV Stick 4K devices. To redeem this offer, add two Fire TV Stick 4K to your cart and enter promo code TWOPACK at checkout.
u/ZebZ · 6 pointsr/cordcutters

Affiliate link from a poster with a history of posting such things anywhere and everywhere.

Here's the clean link.

u/r2002 · 6 pointsr/promos

That's certainly a valid choice. I'll make it even easier for you. Here's a straight link without any affiliate codes to the PS4.

A few things:

  • Yes, I do earn affiliate income from Amazon if you buy it via my submission link. But your purchase is not more expensive, so I'm not sure what you've lost by using my link.

  • I purchased ad space from Reddit. The money paid helps support this site. Of course not trying to sound altruistic or anything -- I bought this ad because I thought I could make a few dollars of beer money. But this ad helps Reddit as well.

  • I'm not some outsider who just randomly stumbled upon Reddit. I've been here 6 years and a charter member of Reddit Gold.

u/onilink67 · 6 pointsr/cordcutters

Samsung makes what you are looking for, full disclosure they is a fairly old box at this point.

Samsung GX-SM530CF Cable Box and Streaming Media Player with Built-In Wi-Fi (2013 Model)

u/SirWallaceOfGrommit · 6 pointsr/xboxone

You want a PVR. It takes the signal and gives you an HDMI out that you can connect into the XBox One. The cable from your college isn't encrypted since it is meant to plug into your TV so any of the OTA options that have an HDMI out would probably work, but the one below looks like your best bet. You can check /r/cordcutters for other options, but some of them require an app which XBox One just doesn't have yet. You also won't be able to get a proper XBox One TV Guide as your college probably doesn't broadcast channel information.

u/kagrocery · 6 pointsr/xbox360

For the OTA antenna, if your TV is old enough, you're going to need a digital to analog converter box, maybe something like this. Your TV has an analog tuner inside, so it needs additional hardware to translate the digital signals that local stations are broadcasting.

Otherwise, since NBC is streaming the game, maybe you can use Internet Explorer to access their coverage? Not sure how you could check that in advance, however.

u/szor · 6 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If I may suggest for myself...

Roku: 49.00
Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me: 13.86
Find Momo: 11.67
disc golf disc: 17.99
rapid ramen cooker: 6.99 add-on item

TOTAL: 99.51

Haha, my first list came to 100.01 (doh!) - swapped disc golf disc and ramen cooker for The Casual Vacancy and LEGO earrings. :)

u/imthedevil · 6 pointsr/PleX

It's actually $179, exactly like Apple TV 4K that OP bought.

u/billyvnilly · 6 pointsr/htpc

why not an nvidia shield? or he want to also PC game? Nvidia shield TV

u/th3st0rmtr00p3r · 6 pointsr/starcitizen


u/Jr712 · 6 pointsr/cordcutters

I'll suggest the same setup I have.

1 Roku at each TV (streaming box that's super easy to use and runs Netflix and other streaming apps). These can connect via WIFI.

An over the air hooked up to a Tablo. The Antenna sits wherever it needs to and connects to the Tablo via coax cable. The Tablo then can connect to your router via WIFI or ethernet. Make sure you get an antenna big enough to pick up your main local stations. Since you’re going rural it may need to be an attic or roof mount installation.

Then on each Roku install the Tablo app as well as whatever other streaming services you want to use. From the Tablo app you can watch live or recorded TV, etc. just like a Tivo.

Basically the antenna sends the TV signal to the tablo. The Tablo does the recording and then sends the TV content to the Rokus via WIFI and the Tablo app on the Rokus.

So since the Tablo and Rokus are all wireless the only wiring you need to worry about is the coax from the antenna to the Tablo. If you live in the middle of a big city you can probably just get a cheap basic antenna and put it and the Tablo behind one of your TVs. If you're further out you may want to look into an attic or rooftop antenna with coax wired to somewhere inside the house for the Tablo.

u/Paulios · 5 pointsr/audiophile

Sorry if this isn't what you're looking for but why not buy a media player with a NAS and a decent DAC?

You would have iPhone/Remote control, it would be fairly quiet, cheaper, and less of a hassle than a PC.

u/contrarian_barbarian · 5 pointsr/malelivingspace

What kind of connection does it use from there? If you can put a cable box by the existing socket, you can use an HDMI Wireless Transmitter to send the signal to the TV without the tangle of the cord.

Otherwise, I think you'd be best either running it through the wall, running it under baseboard if it'll fit, or getting a thin/low profile cable and an area rug and running it under that (note that you can ONLY do this with low voltage data cables - running power cables this way is a huge fire hazard).

If you do have to run it along the baseboards, will it need to cross any doorways? I've hidden cable run around the perimeter of the room in the past just using strategically located furniture and decorations.

u/progenyofeniac · 5 pointsr/sysadmin

The Nyrius ARIES Prime. It'll work on any device with HDMI out, and it requires a USB connection for power on the sending client. If you have devices with mini-HDMI or mini-DP, get adapters for them. We're using these in at least 3 places, and as long as you're within 50' or so, you're good to go.

Sold here, on Amazon

u/majesticjg · 5 pointsr/htpc

An HTPC can do everything you'd want it to do, but for what you're describing, I'd look into a Roku first. That might do what you want without having to build anything complicated.

u/AFKringe · 5 pointsr/gaming

No, it does not come with the eye.

"PlayStation 4 Camera (sold separately) incorporates two high-sensitive cameras with wide-angle lenses to precisely recognize the depth of space"

Also, people neglect the fact that the Xbox will be a dvr able cablebox pairing media unit as well.

u/Roge_NES · 5 pointsr/hometheater

I been using a Mediasonic HW-150PVR, nothing fancy, you get some Channel Guide and Recording features but they're not that good. But if all you want is an OTA HD Tuner with HDMI Output you're good to go.

u/ossej · 5 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Find Momo: 11.67

Roku: 49.00

Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me 13.86

That's everything marked high priority, for $74.53.

Catching Fire: $15

My Best Friend's Wedding: $9.16

Total: 98.69

u/blaz1nn · 5 pointsr/golf

I have a Matricom G-Box. It's an Android TV box that runs an app called Kodi, which is able to source a ton of live tv streams, movies and shows. I'm able to stream Golf Channel in HD.

u/smacksaw · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

For your application, I would suggest either a thin client/small business server setup or a "pc on a stick" solution.

The advantage of the former is that you can have one more powerful server that just serves up a desktop remotely and the other is that it's ultra compact.

I have a slightly higher model of this one:

These are more "business-oriented" solutions, so the support options are better and they're tough as nails. Seriously, this thing is a brick. HP also has tiny computers/thin clients.

If you keep an eye on Dell/Lenovo outlet sites, you can find coupons, cash back with Ebates, etc and good deals on modest servers. What you want is a server that facilitates all of your data being run off of and/or backed up to a cloud service.

This might also work for you:

u/ThisRaviolisTooSpicy · 5 pointsr/oklahoma

Our current Cox bill is $84 because we do internet only.

If he'd able to get the hang of using a firestick or chromecast, you could hook him up with a Netflix and Hulu account and he could have more options than he'd know what to do with (and get some bunny ears for his TV so he could still watch local news, PBS, sports etc).

May not be the answer you're looking for, but it's a very good way of cutting that bill in half!

u/WarpSeven · 5 pointsr/cordcutters
  • Roku stick $39.99 and right now you get two free months of Hulu ($7.99). Quad core processor and has a dorm and hotel mode for easy dorm set up.

  • Or the Roku Premiere now on sale for $59.99, 4K video, 4 quad processor, same Hulu offer. Not sure about dorm mode.

  • For truly budget option, Roku express. $24.99. Not great for live streaming services but should be fine for on demand type services. Same Hulu offer.

  • Fire tv stick on sale for $34.99. The Amazon Fire TV box has been discontinued (new model coming) but you could check local stores for it.

  • Chromecast. $35.

  • Look for free or discounted device offers from a live streaming service. Typically Sling TV or Directv Now or YouTube TV are your candidates for this. I don't recall FuboTV ever doing so.

  • Look for refurbished boxes. Roku and Amazon both have pages for refurbished deals.
u/binaryfnary · 5 pointsr/cordcutters

Fire Stick $29.99 ($39.99 normally)

u/nooneisreal · 5 pointsr/AndroidTV

So did Amazon leak the price of the new Shield and the release date?

$199.99 and January 16th. Kind of disappointed that they didn't lower the price.

Also note how Amazon Video is shown in the list of apps in the picture below.

u/WQTosh · 5 pointsr/theNvidiaShield

According to Amazon, it comes out on January 16, with a Pro version releasing at the end of the month.

Not going to lie, I'd much rather have a new Portable, though.

u/volvo64 · 5 pointsr/fireTV

I’ve come to understand the first gen cube performance is… lacking.

Would recommend a 4K stick instead, it’s on sale for $25.

u/karazax · 5 pointsr/4kTV

Amazon fire TV stick 4k says it supports HRD10+.

u/nx6 · 5 pointsr/buildapcsales

CamelCamelCamel says this is matching the best price it's ever been historically, but if you have Amazon Prime it was offered for $24.99 back during Prime Day. It could potentially go lower than this on BF, as it's now a year-old model. Last holiday season it was the new Amazon Fire TV device. This year they have the updated FireTV Cube.

u/gindc · 4 pointsr/television

I bought my parents a WDTV (Western Digital TV). It plays every type of video/audio format I've given it. It has HDMI and two USB ports. It plays Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Amazon. And it only costs $85 on Amazon (ironically).

u/Remo_253 · 4 pointsr/howto

The linked product is exactly what you need. They push the video streaming aspect because that's the reason most folks would buy something like this. It's just displaying whatever's on your desktop.

If you look near the bottom of the page there's blurb:

>The Diamond V-Stream Wireless USB HD A/V Adapter Set enables users to display their notebook/PC content, such as pictures, movies, presentations, office documents, web content and other types of data, on a larger remote display, share it with others or enjoy a larger size display without any cable limitations. Wireless USB connectivity is enabled by attaching the PC Adapter to the PC/notebook, connecting the external display to HD A/V Base and plugging the Device Adapter into the HD A/V Base. The HD A/V Base and Device Adapter receive power from an external powersupply connected to the HD A/V Base.

I'd be concerned about the reviews of this particular item though. This one is a lot more money but has many more, and better, reviews: Nyrius ARIES

u/EricThePooh · 4 pointsr/PS4

None of the launch edition bundles are currently available on Amazon

(link is for standard edition PS4 but you're able to check the availability of the others from there)

u/alexnader · 4 pointsr/Games

I'm in the same boat as you.

If you go onto the actual product page they have added a small "product alert" line that says:
All orders for the Watch Dogs PlayStation 4 bundle will keep their place in line and we will fulfil the PlayStation 4 (without the Watch Dogs game) in accordance with your current delivery estimate. We are working on adjusting these orders and will update you as soon as we know more.

same as everybody else, I just wanted my PS4, regardless of the game.

u/ZappyKins · 4 pointsr/xboxone

I dropped cable for free over the air antennae and get more channels than I did with cable and save a few hundred a year too!

But I need a tuner like this to watch TV through my Xbox One. Although, was thinking of a different tuner with PVR Functions.

Like This:

u/mistakenotmy · 4 pointsr/hometheater

Almost no projectors have coax inputs with TV tuners built into them. You would buy the projector and tuner separate and then hook them up with HDMI.

Something like this:

(I have no idea if that one is good, just first I found)

u/Mr_Mars · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

Yeah, that's your problem then. A 10+ year old set would only have an NTSC tuner most likely. You can get a special STB to tune those channels for you. You can get them from Amazon for ~$30. Here's one:

u/sylvaniacombo · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

if i am reading this correctly, u somehow broke the coax antenna input onto the back of the tv.

If this is a case, a set top box would fix your problem. Input the cable into the receiver, and output via hdmi into the tv.

Here's onei own several of and like:

u/CuvisTheConqueror · 4 pointsr/SquaredCircle

It's a video player that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. It has a ton of apps that can play videos from different services, like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and most importantly for our purposes, WWE Network. You can also use it to play videos from an iPhone or Android device, kind of like a Chromecast. I got one for traveling, and I actually ended up using it more often than my HTPC at home. It's great.

u/Dzmagoon · 4 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Get this, and this, along with some basic a/v cables, and you should be set.

u/AFTVnews · 4 pointsr/cordcutters

Amazon says that 4K streaming requires at least a 15 Mbps connection. Streaming at exactly 15 Mbps for 1 hour comes to 6.75 GB, so the "about 6.84 GB per hour" estimate you're seeing on your laptop is probably for 4K video. Amazon recommends at least 3.5 Mbps connection for 720p HD video, which comes to about 1.5 GB per hour. Double that to about 3 GB per hour for 1080p.

Of course, this can vary greatly depending on what you're watching because the streams use a variable bitrate, not a fixed bitrate. Videos with many small and fast moving components, like rain, will use a lot more bandwidth than videos with many static images, like a space documentary. The values of 1.5 GB, 3 GB, and 6.75 GB per hour for 720p, 1080p, and 4K are likely the minimum amounts to expect, since those values correlate to the lowest connection requirements for each stream quality.

If you're concerned about bandwidth usage, be sure you're using a streaming device that supports HEVC H.265 video decoding. Such a device will consume less bandwidth than an older device that only supports H.264, while producing the same image quality.

The current (2nd-gen) Fire TV Stick is a good option for a low-cost HEVC H.265 device. Amazon also added new quality settings and bandwidth monitoring last year to all Fire TV models. They let you reduce the quality setting from "Best" to "Better" which will reduce the bandwidth usage by almost half without affecting the image quality much. You can drop the quality to "Good" for a 90% reduction in bandwidth usage, but the image is noticeably worse. You can also set a bandwidth limit in the OS so that it warns you, or even cuts you off, when you exceed a certain amount. You can also set what day of the month your billing cycle resets, so that the bandwidth tracker automatically resets.

u/jscythe · 4 pointsr/linuxmasterrace
  1. Youtube has never been a stable form of income. That's why most long-time, big-name Youtube channels also have Patreon pages and are constantly shilling either their own merchandise or a sponsor's merchandise.

  2. I don't evangelize Linux anymore because most people don't own computers anymore. The vast majority of ordinary folks center their entire digital life around their cellphones. These same people have jailbroken Fire sticks to watch Netflix and pirate video off of Exodus TV.

    The only people that are still stuck with personal desktops and laptops are students, engineers / developers, and hardcore gamers. Engineers and developers don't need to be sold on Linux. Students are just going to use whatever is already installed on their University mandated laptop. And hardcore gamers are locked into Windows because it's more convenient than dual booting, keeping two versions of Steam installed and still not being able to play half of your games because of Wine incompatibilities, or GPU passthrough.

    Desktops and laptops aren't dead, but they've certainly retired to the dual status of office equipment and hobbyist toy.
u/spacefairies · 4 pointsr/pathofexile

Heres a Fire Stick

u/techuck_ · 4 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

Came to post this, but it's already here. Link for any lazy folk:

u/goofandgaff · 4 pointsr/GiftIdeas

Does she like tv/movies? You could get her one of these Roku Streaming Stick+ | HD/4K/HDR Streaming Device with Long-range Wireless and Voice Remote with TV Power and Volume and subscriptions to some streaming services for a few months. What are some other things about her? Like interests, hobbies, etc? I think adding those will improve and increase responses

u/jwort93 · 4 pointsr/hometheater

The newly announced (this morning) fire tv stick, supports Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos for $50.

u/Ryuujinx · 3 pointsr/anime

I own a couple Boxee Boxs. They're pretty sweet devices, and play most formats, but I've been having some issues lately with some more recent anime with certain encode profiles (like High10 for h264), but it's still overall pretty awesome.

I think it might be worth it to use a PC with the boxee software, though. It's free

u/Xiazer · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I don't own any of these set top Boxes, but this is something I've been wanting to see. So Upvotes to you. Anywho, Just looking from an "At the Moment Price" perspective, I'd say either Google TV or Roku 2.

I have a $1000 Media Center (in 2008 monies) and honestly I kinda regret getting that, I wanted the potential to play games and watch HD TV, but now I see it was kind of a waste, I hardly play games, it's a streaming device and I occasionally play minecraft...

But hell nowadays, if you are able to spend up to $400 on a device your options are great, I think a computer would be easily 4x that of a set top box would be worth it.

Really for me, price is a heavy hitter on determining what I buy. Here's my thought.

  • Boxee Box is $179
  • Logitech Revue is $99
  • Apple TV is $99
  • Roku STARTS at $59, tops out at $99
  • If price isn't an object I'd just get a Set Top PC
  • This looks like it could be good, eventually or not, you know whatever.

    Roku is cheap enough to play with IMO (the $59 version), Apple TV and GoogleTV are definitely going to be getting updates and at the price, probably worth it. The Boxee Box is [goes to look] Holy crap a year old... ya an update is most likely to be coming soon, regardless it's the most expensive, especially if you're willing to spend a bit more and get a PC.

    I'd probably go with Google TV right now, the revue alone because it comes with a nice keyboard. Second is $99 Roku XS. The Boxee Box wouldn't even be in play. I'd prefer a Set Top PC honestly, but again, I'm looking at price. AppleTV if I had more Apple devices, but still more appealing than Boxee. (Take this with a grain of salt, I haven't used any of these)

    Either way, Hope this helps.

    *edit, formatting, spelling
u/Auxilae · 3 pointsr/gadgets

The passport series that WD has is very impressive. I got a 1TB one for $70 and I don't regret it at all and I'm more than happy. More space than I know what to do with it. I use it along with a WD media player which is hooked up to my TV. I pop in movies on the passport from my computer and watch them on my flatscreen, no need for DVD players or new high-end smart-tv's.

u/candre23 · 3 pointsr/usenet

If it wasn't for the "season pass" requirement, I'd honestly recommend a WD TV live. I've bought several WD devices (mostly the now-discontinued live hub) for technologically-illiterate family members, and all of them have loved it. It's dead simple to use, and "just works" with every media file I've thrown at it. I haven't used the new TV live, but it appears to have similar, WaF-compatible software.

Unfortunately, I don't think anything exists that will be as seamless as a tivo for recording. Sabnzbd + sickbeard will get the job done in a relatively painless fashion, but I still wouldn't trust my family to figure it out on their own. You may have to administrate that youself.

u/strategicdeceiver · 3 pointsr/audiophile

14awg wire should work for just about anything unless you are putting them more than 10 feet.

There is a fella here who likes to put books under his heresy II's to angle them up -- I don't quite remember why but it may be something to keep in mind or try out when setting them up, I think it was about a 2 inch lift in the front.

The big idea of a preamp is to keep the low level signal away from the ridiculous power supply in the power amp.. in reality it's not a big deal and people do it mainly because high end gear is sold that way, you can get a higher end preamp that just does it's job and does it well instead of an afterthought add on part of a power amp.

Tubes do strange things to audio, it is distortion of the signal, but in a unique way that literally pulls out things that are quiet in a recording and basically raising their volume, this creates the sparkle effect you may have read about. Also they have an effect on the low end that boosts the bass frequencies by compressing the sounds, causing the bass to get fuller(louder). These effects can be subtle at low volumes, and vary from tube amp to tube amp.

Solid state has lots of different categories.. it breaks down into classes dictated by the way the amp is designed to to it's job not as a rating of good or bad. Class A is silly accurate, very hot, and very pricey in general.. if you have more than $700 to spend on just a stereo amp and don't mind 50 plus pounds of aluminum heating up your room then I can toss out a recommendation for these.. Class A/B is pretty much 95% of the market.. the first 1-5 watts of power runs at class A and the rest works with not so clean class B to do the job when you crank the volume knob or the music gets loud. Class D offers a huge swing of really crappy cheap amps just made to push power with no real design for fidelity, this will be used mainly in plate amps for subwoofers to OK cheap amps Dayton audio T-Amps would fall into this range to Holy crap that sounds amazing which is more of the B&O ICE amps and the Hypex module amps.

If you have a budget, I'm assuming that you do and that it's possibly pretty low since these were given to you I would focus on two purchases to make these things work together in a nice clean user friendly way.

An interface to your music is a good start. I like the Logitech Squeezebox, it's the one peice of gear I have no desire to upgrade. It works with my phone as a remote control and pulls music from my computer and subscription services without any hassle. If you like using your TV while listening to music(I'll never understand this) the WD live box is pretty good and offers onsite storage via the western digital external hard drives that work well with it.

The next step is an amp/receiver.. your old Scott is probably planing to burn up and die. I would suggest getting a newer receiver. The cheap one I like is the Harman Kardon HK 3390 it's got low distortion figures (0.07 at 80 watts both channels driven) this is hella good for a Class A/B especially for less than $250 bucks.

If I've undershot your budget let me know.

u/zerbey · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I just bought one of these Western Digital Streaming Media Players. Supposedly plays everything, was $90.

u/mindreave · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

WiDi works by acting as a wireless cable. So imagine that it's like the same as connecting through hdmi, since the adapter will likely take in or output hdmi on either end. In this manner, it basically treats the TV as a monitor, so whatever you can do with your current hdmi connection, you should be able to do with the WiDi adapters.

In regards to the product, it'd be more helpful if you gave a direct link, but if you mean this item, then that's a different beast altogether. This one is basically a media player that looks for media shares, so similar in functionality to a Roku or similar.

Which one to get really depends on what your wider preference is. Both will let you stream netflix to your TV and play files from your local media shares, but the media player limits you to those activities. This comes with the benefit of a TV friendly user interface(usually) and a remote, so you don't even need your computer nearby as long as it's on the network.

WiDi will require you to keep a keyboard and mouse handy, wireless is helpful here, since you're basically operating your computer/laptop and the TV is acting as the monitor. However, WiDi allows you do to anything you can do on your computer on the TV screen, whether it's playing games, browsing the internet, doing work, etc.

u/notavalid · 3 pointsr/Games

The reason people did that in the late 1990's was some people had at least one console(PS1 or a Saturn) that played cd roms, but not always access to a decent pc with internet. Libraries often had internet access plus burners or the persons knew someone that had access to a pc that could burn cds (as the drives and the cds themselves were extremely cheap). The consoles were typically already modded to get around regional blocks and play the games that they ripped to a cd rom.

You mention the screen, battery, and controller... but those are poor reasons.

You'd take a perfectly good console (that requires a lot of room, and takes ten minutes to setup and tear down every time you move it) and mod it either by using a mod chip (some soldering required), or bootload a different OS using a separate USB drive or external hard drive. This includes multiple steps for prepping either a special cd/dvd, a usb stick, or an additional hard drive. If it's a recent console, you lose the ability to RMA if anything breaks. Any method you use, you'd have to make multiple trips to your PC to get it working. On top of that you get half ass support when it comes to graphics, internet access (minus... the Wii), applying patches, and games and consoles past the gensis/snes era are not going to have any of the support they have today-so you'll have a lot of roms that don't work... and you'll be waiting for some poor soul to port the emulator to your console and support it.

The whole time you're setting that up, you're doing it on a perfectly good PC that has well established emulators that have several years support. I can setup a PS2 emulator that works with greater than 90% of games, and I can basically play effectively all games on any console before that (minus the Atari Jaguar, Saturn, and N64). If it's PS1 or older, I can do it on my cell phone and tablet too.

Wither you're using a console, cell phone, tablet, or pc... being discouraged by 1-2 hours on one battery charge means anything when you're already going to be setting aside space and plugging it in for a console.

Modern tablets and cell phones are pretty sensitive and accurate that you can play a number of action games without being frustrated. If you need more, usb controllers and bluetooth controllers starts at $25 and goes up in price. A decent one in either area goes for about $40 and will last you forever. People acting like they don't have this option in this day and age are either obtuse or really cheap-they sell them at every Walmart.

As far as playing on a big screen, you can use multiple software or hardware options. Some expensive, some cheap depending on your setup and what you're willing to tolerate. You can do it from your cell phone and tablet, or your pc. Playing on a big screen doesn't beat convenience tho.

u/roehn117 · 3 pointsr/gaming

if your pc has hdmi, which im assuming it does, they sell wireless hdmi adapters such as this one here on amazon. I haven't used one, so if you get one let me know how it works out

u/Wargala · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

We're using this little guy:

A wee expensive at $200, but it's been rock solid for us, and allows us to hand a dongle to someone to plug in and no extra software to install.

u/sauced · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

You might look at a Nyrus Aires Prime, it's essentially a wireless HDMI cable. Personally I prefer to use a wired connection as the Nyrus can take a bit to negotiate resolutions and seems to drop its connection from time to time. The upside is it's only $200 where the entry level Clickshare is $1000. I haven't ever used a Clickshare myself so I don't know how they compare.

u/ViveIsAwesome · 3 pointsr/Vive

Well there's stuff like this which you could use to transfer HDMI wirelessly.

Although I have no idea how well that works, I saw a similar device a while back which worked well for slowly changing or still images but was horrible for moving ones (games, movies, ...).

You would probably be better off finding an HDMI cable that can be hidden well.

u/infinite_ideation · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

We use a similar product by nyrius.

Works as intended as far as I can tell.

u/AuthorX · 3 pointsr/Steam

Personally, I just use a 30ft HDMI cable, which I think is about as long as you can get without using a signal booster (which can introduce lag).

However, there are wireless HDMI solutions, they just tend to be very expensive compared to regular cables.

u/LegitimateCrepe · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Don't spend all that money on nice components and connect them cheaply.

u/FaceofStamos · 3 pointsr/SquaredCircle

Yep - HDMI and plug and youre golden. And AppleTV isnt a new tv, it is apples version of the Roku.

Roku3 -

AppleTV - tv

u/guess_twat · 3 pointsr/hometheater

I have a Roku 3 and it works great. They have a Roku 4 out now.

u/gestalt162 · 3 pointsr/Roku

The Amazon Page lists the differences.

If you want to watch 1080p, you'll need at least the roku 1.

The main differences between the 1 and 3:

  • Fancier remote- Motion control for games, headphone jack for silent viewing. In practice I never use either of these functions- whether they're worth it is up to you.

  • Faster networking- The 3 comes with dual band wireless and an ethernet port, which the other models do not. Since most of the Roku's use is for viewing streams not local to the unit, this may or may not be a big deal.

  • Faster processor Apparently 5x as fast as the other models. I have a LT and a 3, and I can say the LT chugs along most of the time on menu interfaces, while the 3 zips right along fluidly. Video playback quality is the same (although the LT is outputting in analog).

    If those features are worth $40 to you, then go get the 3. If not, you can easily settle for a lesser model.
u/Omegasedated · 3 pointsr/gaming

what amazes me on amazon, is the "frequently bought together" section on xbox one.

it's the PS4. are people pre-ordering both, only to cancel one of them at launch?

same on the ps4 one

u/ninjaW1THglasses · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Gift One: There's no way this is gonna happen, but it's worth a shot (By the way, rasta, you look incredibly stylish today, is that a new sweater?)

Gift Two: I get hungry at work, so I always need some snacks :)

186394, you look okay today, but a banana suit would really complete the outfit.


u/watsoned · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) [Something that is grey.]
( (Main WL)

2.) Something reminiscent of rain.

3.) [Something food related that is unusual.]
( (Feed Me WL)

4.) [Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)]
( (Niece/Nephews WL)

For my niece! Because she loves LEGO and she's obsessed with Little Mermaid.

5.) [A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!]
( (Books WL)

All of these! The characterization is so much fun, the mystery itself is great...I got addicted to this entire series.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related!


7.) [Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)]
( (Cats WL)

8.) [Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.]
( (Pipe Dreams WL)

9.) [A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why?]
( (Movies WL)

It's the perfect 'coming of age' movie. Featuring two actors who are still active and well known, and two we lost too soon.

10.) [Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.]
A silent killer. Capable (I think) of skewering an undead brain. What more is there to explain? (Pipe Dreams WL)

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals.

I have no goals right now. Sigh.

12.) [One of those pesky Add-On items.]
( (Main WL)

13.) [The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?]
( (Pipe Dreams WL)

It's a major upgrade from the camera I have now. I have no USE for it since my camera is nice, but damn do I drool over it.

14.) [Something bigger than a bread box.]
( (Main WL)

15.) [Something smaller than a golf ball.]
( (Main WL)
Tiny Vivi!

16.) [Something that smells wonderful.]
( (Main WL)

17.) [A (SFW) toy.]

18.) [Something that would be helpful for going back to school.]
( (Main WL)

19.) [Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.]
( (Movies WL)


20.) [Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.]
( (High Priority WL)

It's the PS4. Any gamer worth their weight knows that this is going to be one of the grandest, most desirable gaming systems ever. The graphics are going to be just amazing and we'll be one step closer to games being so realistic that we feel like murderers while playing them.

ETA: fear cuts deeper than swords

u/MeowMixSong · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I won't help you with illegal options, but if you want a legal way, the best way is a HDHR, or a TiVo. The TiVo Romaio, (not OTA), will allow you to insert a CableCard, (the "brains" of the unit that decodes QAM64 signals so you can watch them), as well as ClearQAM signals). Well, technically, you don't even need a CableCard capable device to descramble them, (it's unencrypted cable). Just any TV other than an Emerson. ClearQAM is the new "analog cable".

If you're looking for a compliant CableCard ready device, I reccomend the Samsung GX-SM530CF. It will get you the full rental cable box experience, (but you own the damned thing), but no PPV. Also, this model does not have DVR capabilities). (if you want that, go with a TiVo Bolt. While not cord cutting related, this is "cord shaving", so I petition the mods to let this post stand.

u/MrShapinHead · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

This is pretty interesting and I haven't seen it before. From what I'm gathering, its like how we used to use VCRs? Plug in channel, start time, end time or just press record.

This look like what you are referring to, right?

u/ArtVande1ay · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

You could use a digital converter box. They have coax input and HDMI output. I use this one, which has DVR capabilities if you supply your own storage:

u/johnsonch · 3 pointsr/hometheater

I have one of these for my basement. All of my equipment is in a closet and just have one HDMI cable going to my tv. This box works great and sounds like what you need.

u/d9cody · 3 pointsr/xboxone

For OTA tv guide you'll need to buy one of these:

Works great and you can even record and pause with it

u/philipjd_ · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Yes, there are many digital converters available that support HD. Here is one that includes an option to PVR feature at $32.99.

u/TA11221122 · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Agreed. I bought this one on the recommendation of someone in this sub, and I have been pleasantly surprised.

Also, it may just be in my head, but I think the tuner in it is better than the built in tuner in my TV. The Signal Meter is a really nice feature. I know most TVs have it built in, buy mine doesn't.

u/kamomil · 3 pointsr/toronto

Get an antenna and one of these - ATSC tuner - and you'll be good to go.

u/abusche · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

this may be what you're looking for.

u/munkyxtc · 3 pointsr/xboxone

I have been a long time cordcutter but since getting an XB1 I wanted to use the OneGuide. I just asked about this a couple weeks ago.

While the official tuner shows no signs of coming almost everyone recommended the MediaSonic HW150PVR -- its around $40 on Amazon. I figured what the heck and bought one. Have had it hooked up now for over a week and its working great. Need a usb hard drive for using the DVR functions but the tuner portion is great.

NOTE: If you don't have a Kinect you need an IR transmitter to be connected directly to the XB1 in order to change channels etc (assuming you want to do away with the tuners separate remote as well)

u/drplump · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

OTA Antenna + DVR: This one has limited features but is cheap.

u/daddysdildo · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

You can get an ota antenna and something like

The antenna hooks up to the mediasonic device which goes to the Xbox via HDMI. It will work with the one guide as well. I have this set up and get all my local channels.

u/RedRaiderWade · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

My thinking is that I would need something like (this)[]. I would need to connect the OTA to this and this to the receiver via HDMI. Am I on the right track or is there a trick I am not aware of...

...Thanks in advance all!

u/myintel · 3 pointsr/xboxone

I purchased a Mediasonic Converter box since others had confirmed it is compatible with the X1 and Kinect. It functions as a OTA tuner for the Xbox, and it is also a TV DVR if you plug in a Flash drive or external hard drive. After the initial channel scan, i haven't touched the remote for the box in over 2 months thanks to the Kinect.

u/heiney_luvr · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I bought this several months ago when the tuner in my hdtv died. Works great.

u/Wokkin_n_Wowwin · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

OP here - just letting you all know what I bought and how it's working out...

  1. Homeworx HW-150PVR ATSC Digital TV Converter Box with Media Player and Recording PVR Function/HDMI Out

  2. Homeworx HW110AN Super Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna

  3. Any old USB hard drive -- I had a 500gb one laying around.

    Reception great, does exactly what I wanted.

u/AcidsEcho · 3 pointsr/xboxone

This is what most people are using successfully for OTA in the US:

I recommend this antenna:

Edit: Oops, you already have an antenna. Oh well, Ill leave it there for others.

u/slacker0 · 3 pointsr/vulkan

You can get an Intel Compute stick for $45. It has a "Bay Trail" processor. Though Ubuntu 14.04 LTS probably doesn't run Vulkan. I put Fedora 25 on mine and it works great (except the Wi-Fi).

Any Bay Trail laptop will run Vulkan, such as the Acer R11 for $250 or so.

u/belarged · 3 pointsr/eulalia

Well, I'd be willing to buy them and mail them to you. The only hang-up being giving your address to an internet stranger.

Also, relating to our convo one comment up: you could try getting an Amazon Fire Stick or Chrome Cast. Then you could watch the YouTube versions without having to plug in your computer every time. Unless you have to use a VLAN or something to get access to the YouTube videos.

Also, if you have a DVD burner you could download the YouTube videos then burn them to a DVD.

u/balomus · 3 pointsr/financialindependence

I'm a big fan of the Amazon Fire Stick. It's $39.99 but runs an Android OS. You can sideload apps on it, which means you can install pretty much any Android app you'd like.

It's a little pricier, but I like the fact that it comes with a physical remote. Don't get me wrong, I love the Chromecast, especially for the price. Just wanted to drop another option in the mix for you.

u/Cloudrealm · 3 pointsr/TerrariumTV

fire sticks are on sale for 29.99
ends today so if you want it buy it now.

u/theinfamousj · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

Okay, since you asked, I present "J's Other Purchases V. 1" (I'll answer other comments with other volumes):

Tired of constantly wearing through scrubber sponges and steel wools, I was surprised to encounter chainmail as a kitchen implement, but despite how odd it sounds, this was a Buy It For Life solution to all my stuck on, baked on food problems. I don't even have cast iron to use it on. I just use it on my regular dishes and it works the same as steel wool (actually a tiny bit better) and never, ever wears out. It gets gunky as anything, but I can just dishwash it back to clean. Fair warning though, it gets slippery to hold when wet.

When I travel, I bring along my Fire Stick which I much prefer to a Chromecast or a Roku Stick for a variety of reasons, almost all of them being that the Fire Stick runs on Android which is just Linux and if you know your way around either of those, as I do, then you are basically walking around with a spare computer - inefficient thought it may be to type with the remote. Anyway, rarely do I encounter televisions which are placed in a space where I can easily access the HDMI ports to plug my stick in, but they usually have a long HDMI cord coming off of them plugged in to something else like a cable box or a DVD player. Sadly, that cord has a male end and the Fire Stick has a male end so it would seem that it is just a cruel tease ... until ... this coupler which allows me to connect my Fire Stick to that long cord with ease.

u/youmes · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

Or a smart box. You can get this Amazon Fire Stick for only $40.

u/plooger · 3 pointsr/Tivo

Ok, so I'm guessing this one, then...
Since neither device includes service, the BOLT is the obvious choice... cheaper at $155, and with built-in MoCA 2.0 bridge, mobile streaming, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless-AC, and limited 4K support.
Modding CableCARD support into a slightly more expensive Roamio OTA with included All-In service plan would complicate my choice.

u/fasterbrew · 3 pointsr/Austin

If you are viewing on a TV, just get an antenna. It's mostly HD signal over the air. If you want recording options, I use NextPVR on a Windows PC. Other people like Kodi on linux. Otherwise if you want it simple, get /r/tablotv or the new Tivo Roamio OTA DVR. Comes with lifetime of progamming guide with no monthly fee.

u/Philo1927 · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I just placed an order through Amazon for one of these new units.

The price seems too low to be true. We'll see what happens.

u/randomfunnyword · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

I bought the TiVo with a lifetime subscription off Amazon for $370. Keep an eye open for the QNAP Nas's; they're constantly going on sale in different places. I picked mine up on woot for around $400. The antenna was $55 on Amazon.

TiVo Roamio OTA 1 TB DVR - With No Monthly Service Fees - Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player - Compatible only with HDTV Antennas (does not work with cable)

u/Vince789 · 3 pointsr/hardware

Found the new one on Amazon, has the new controller

Marketing info is the same/similar as the old Shield TV



> Expand your entertainment with the best gaming streamer experience that’s 3X more powerful than Apple TV.


> It's everything you want in one game-changing device that's 3X faster than competitors

So its probably the same, which explains why they didn't talk about improved performance during the keynote

u/aftli · 3 pointsr/hometheater

Just wanted to high five - took delivery of the exact same TV this morning!

I'd be willing to bet the TV would support just about any size hard drive. I can't imagine that they rolled their own eg. NTFS implementation for whatever OS the thing uses. But like /u/GbMaxSE said - honestly, don't.

You've just spent that kind of money on a TV, I would also highly recommend an Nvidia Shield.

u/taco_bellis · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

This is also available for the same price at Best Buy and the package including the controller is available for $169.00 on Amazon

I've been keeping an eye on these for a little while and just pulled the trigger on this. I'll personally be using it as a Plex server/client to take some of the load off my PC

u/ShawnDex · 3 pointsr/AndroidTV

Always go with the box for running Android TV, while the Mi Box S is okay, I highly suggest the Nvidia Shield I own both. NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW

For TCL TV these are the two that I own TCL 55" Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) Roku Smart LED TV (55S405)

u/lightinthedark · 3 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

Yup, $149 last year on Amazon

With controller didn't hit lowest price til second week of December ($159). Worth getting even if you don't plan on using it. Can easily resell the controller for ~$50.

u/_bigb · 3 pointsr/GameDeals

I don't ever remember a sale on the newer models, either. CamelCamelCamel confirms that $179 is the lowest the price has been on Amazon.

u/654456 · 3 pointsr/cordcutters

Why not grab the shield TV, and grab a hdhomerun to consolidate what you are doing to one box instead of two so you aren't switching inputs? The shield has a several different DVRs built in. Also if you wanted to you could use plex with the shield?

u/dahakon · 3 pointsr/AndroidTV

The package with a gamepad is $20 more. Amazon has the media controller only version for $149.00, so $0.99 less than BestBuy.

u/IXI_Fans · 3 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV


Unmolested link to Amazon:

OP is a link spammer. Attn Mods: /u/jamesking420 and /u/ButtaJones

u/OLeCHIT · 3 pointsr/htpc

NVIDIA SHIELD TV This is what I use. Not cheap but's amazingly slick. All of the streaming services, runs Kodi, Plex and can launch Steam.

u/ThaloGreen · 3 pointsr/Roku

Go with This one. It's the cheapest device that features the power button and volume controls on the remote, this way you're not juggling remotes. It also has a Wi-Fi extender and 4K capabilities in case you upgrade to a 4K TV in the future.

If you wait until Black Friday you can probably save $20 dollars.

If you just want something cheap, I'd actually go with the standard Amazon fire stick which is $34.99 right now.

u/botterway · 3 pointsr/synology

You plug it into the HDMI socked on your TV, and it runs Amazon's Android version. You can install apps like iPlayer, Netflix Kodi, and Plex Client on it, and use them to stream content from the web and your NAS. (the older, non-4K versions are cheaper).

The FireStick is wi-fi only, and about £30. If you want wired, you can get the slightly larger FireTV which costs a bit more but has an ethernet connection. TBH, though, I have a fireTV and have streamed 1080p quite comfortably across wifi. It would only be an issue if you wanted to stream full 4K movies, then you'd need wired.

u/yuk_dum_boo_bum · 3 pointsr/kodi
u/Tandybaum · 3 pointsr/fireTV

My guess is that you're using one of the older sticks. The newish 4k stick has been pretty damn flawless for me.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/gadgets

a new set-top box with an open sourced media serving application based off XBMC. there was a lot of anticipation for its release and there was some disappointment (though i doubt it led to many returns).

u/ugnaught · 2 pointsr/slingbox

The option I would probably go with is to get her a Boxee Box. Here is an Amazon Link.

That can accept the Slingbox stream and display it directly on the TV using a simple remote control.

The nice thing is you can also plug an HD OTA antenna into it. This will allow her to watch all of the local stuff for free that is being sent over the air.

This should eliminate some of the headaches involved with streaming the TV to the slingbox. Those headaches being latency, potential bandwidth issues or limitations, etc. Some of which might not happen all the time but may pop up occasionally.

You can also let her use your Netflix and/or Hulu Plus account on the Boxee Box too.

So she should have plenty of options.

u/asaturn · 2 pointsr/gadgets

doesn't say... but I would assume you could clone the built-in drive to something bigger easily... it's just an ATOM CPU based PC running a custom Linux-based OS...

plus there's room for expansion (2x USB and a SD card reader)

u/wahiggins3 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Looks like you can pick one up used from Amazon Warehouse Deals for $117 (Prime) LINK. Compared to a few other options it seems pricey, but it is a pretty polished build and the remote is useful. Well worth the money over a WD TV Live. The Boxee Box is much more "wife-friendly" or "kid-friendly" IMO.

u/i010011010 · 2 pointsr/technology

Something like that. I tried a few before settling on Serviio, and they all seem to be distributed with various codec packages. I haven't gotten that far into the nuts&bolts of it yet, I was more obsessed with finding something that works. The other two Universal Media Server and Home Media Center weren't nearly as effective. Serviio has been more of an install-and-play, though I dislike the fact that unlike the others it installs a Windows background service to operate.

DLNA is basically the language they've established so devices can talk to each other. If your television works with wifi or can accept a USB adapter, phones and tablets, or in my case I bought a WD TV Live. Roku and I believe Chromecast are other alternatives.

u/DaySeeMeTrollin · 2 pointsr/technology

wdtv live- shittier version of xbmc but you can stream from a network share. its great.

u/BornOnFeb2nd · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I do! This unit, specifically.

Amusingly enough, it's only set-top device that I've found that allows streaming directly from another computer (NFS or CIFS/SMB/Windows) without hassle. No transcoding bullshit, no worrying about file formats. If it has issues playing something, each time it's been the file that was jacked up.

The network control is wonderful. Who needs a remote? Shove the little box behind the TV, grab your smartphone, and control it.

Does streaming too, bunch of places (not nearly as many as Roku, but Roku doesn't do LAN streaming). Biggest gripe is that it doesn't support Amazon Prime.

Basically anything you would except to see in VLC/Mplayer/Whatever, it can do. Subtitless, audio tracks, slow-mo/freeze frame, etc.

Haven't figured out how to queue up multiple files at a time, but I haven't looked that hard, either.

u/RogerDogerr · 2 pointsr/buildapcforme

Have you thought about using something like a WD stream box? I was thinking of picking one up myself.

u/namelessredditor · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

While the latest WD TV Live (WD TV Live Streaming, Released 2011) is less than $100 it doesn't have Composite inputs.

The one before the latest (WD TV Live Hub, Released 2010) does have component and composite inputs but currently costs more than $150 on amazon.

Edit: The latest one does have a composite input.

u/thedrumjunkie · 2 pointsr/cordcutters
u/peachsnappleisbetter · 2 pointsr/computers

I mean wireless HDMI is a thing..

I don't really know why you'd assume it's a money issue either. Obviously if a product like this exists, it's a niche product and will not be budget friendly. I could just build it myself as the technology is there, I'd just rather buy it and not mess around with it

If I buy another laptop then I still have the issue of transferring files to both devices so there's not really a reason to get a new one.

u/HybridCamRev · 2 pointsr/videography

u/FloX04 - the $249.99 Nyrius Aries Pro is probably the least expensive option [Referral Link].

Reviewed here (reviewer is using it for remote monitoring, but it will work with your Camlink as well).

Hope this is helpful and good luck finding the right wireless video solution for your needs!

u/jjonreddit · 2 pointsr/hometheater

look up Nyrius Wireless HDMI. I used it and it works pretty well, but I would not recommend it if you plan to use surround sound. The wireless really kills the surround sound quality (ps3 games sounded like a somewhat low quality MP3 file). There was also a slight degrade in visual quality that I didn't notice until I actually switched between the wired and wireless hdmi. If you are just going to be watching FiOS TV, Nyrius Wireless HDMI will be excellent. If you want surround sound and absolutely perfect picture quality for gaming or blue-rays, buy a long hdmi cable from Since you are hanging this TV on a patio and it sounds like you are just going to watch FiOS tv, I would get the "Nyrius ARIES Pro Wireless HDMI" Otherwise go with this

u/drboyfriend · 2 pointsr/Surface

I was looking for the same thing. I couldn't find anything great. The only one I considered was the SteelSeries one, but it's pretty expensive. Edit: It looks like this Nyko one gets good reviews and has decent reviews.

I went the Xbox 360 route but only so that I could do multiplayer on it, and because of potential controller lag (I hook mine up to the TV). Consider it if you want to eventually do that.

There is a USB adapter on Amazon that gives you two ports. Another thing that could free up the USB port is a 64gb SD card. That's were I currently put my Steam games.

u/archbox · 2 pointsr/EDC

No problem. I bought an amazon fire tv stick for $20 (like a chromecast only with more RAM/processor) and threw on a bunch of android emulators and hooked up this controller to it:

I actually have a bunch of retro systems but they don't look good without the emulators upscaling and this way I just need one device plugged in instead of having a bunch of power bricks plugged in using electricity.

There are cheaper versions of that with fewer buttons and such which would be fine for retro games. I also play android FPS' and all the free games i've gotten from amazon's appstore app of the day (like Terraria!) so I got the Pro one with more buttons.

u/Slayner · 2 pointsr/rpg_gamers

This is what I got,

It only works on 4.1 for whatever reason, but my favorite ROM is 4.1 so I don't mind. If you don't like that, just search android blue tooth controllers, I found quite a few.

u/HustlersPosterchild · 2 pointsr/theNvidiaShield
u/servo386 · 2 pointsr/fireTV

Bought this

and im loving it. Using it on a straight up android box but no reason why it shouldn't work both on FireTV box and FireTV Stick.

Don't get the the other "newer" version for FireTV, just get this one.

u/sal9002 · 2 pointsr/mac
u/Trixonik · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

We've used one of these (first link) with the adapter (second link) to tackle this problem. It doesn't work for sound if you use the VGA. Our AV vendor is recommending one of these -



u/Seanctk10001 · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You could get this for $180:

Or this for $170:

Both of them stream in uncompressed 1080p and they claim to have zero latency. You could search other places to find them cheaper but if you're looking for 1080p, this is what you're gonna have to be looking at. You could also get a 30' HDMI cable though and route it around the edges of the wall on the ground.

EDIT: By the way, if you get an HDMI cable, don't get the more expensive ones, there is really no difference between the expensive ones and the cheap ones.

u/Homeoftheben · 2 pointsr/CommercialAV

Then This and any DVD player you want. Put the thing in a cabinet, another room if you want, wherever. Also, has the added bonus of being able to switch what you plug into it- i.e. laptop, ipad, etc.

Btw- if you're intent on putting it behind the tv, this Toshiba is the only one of its type I've run across. Amazon sells a mount for it too. Definitely read the reviews however- I didn't think it worth the risk.

u/davdev · 2 pointsr/projectors

To send anything wirelessly you are going to need something like wireless HDMI, it aint cheap here is an example. You can add this to an HDMI switch and connect you devices to that

Wireless earphones wont connect directly to the projector, but they probably can to the source you are sending to the projector.

For games, you need somesort of console and then send that signal to the projector.

A computer can also take advantage of your hdmi switch and then the wireless hdmi

Think of a projector as a computer monitor. Basically anything you can do with a monitor you can do with a projector, but it is basically a dumb device that only displays what gets sent to it from another source.

What do you need USB for? I know some business projectors have USB but that is basically for playing back powerpoints and stuff.

u/Rozix · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

> a

This is what I use in my kit. The range can be a little limited but it gets you wireless.

u/nacr0n · 2 pointsr/techsupport

You could get something like this but it's only for a single source so you would need something like a stereo receiver to have all the devices to go into then a splitter to split the output to the wireless device and the living room TV. You will have a bit of lag and some compression on the tv with the wireless receiver.

u/lunarseed · 2 pointsr/techsupport

So he'd rather have a huge cylinder on the ground? How about a Wireless HDMI Transmiter instead?

u/plafman · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Thanks for the reply.

I have been looking at this...

Basically you rent the cable box (already have 2) and plug it into this, then you can move it between multiple TVs.

u/macmick · 2 pointsr/pcgaming

Your options:

  1. Move your gaming pc to your tv.
  • Buy long hdmi cable like this 45 footer
  • Buy Wireless HDMI reciever

    I like the first option, it is what I do at home. I use a laptop to do real work, gaming pc on my tv for entertainment.

    The second and third options are good if you really want your pc at your desk. 45ft is the max that hdmi can go through wires. Depending on your setup that might be long enough to make a permanent solution.

    Wireless while not cheap, is better than running through a secondary device.
u/User_5098213 · 2 pointsr/gaming

steam link

and there are many other options, although they will probably all have some input delay

u/drnick5 · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Something like this Might work for you. It's a bit pricey, but ti should do what you are looking to do. I can't personally speak to the quality as I haven't use it before. but the reviews look pretty good.

u/toy71camaro · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

We shifted to a couple of these Nyrius Aries wireless display options in our conference rooms. Plug it in, and it "just works" (which was very important for our non-techy users). So far, its worked great (we're a few months in).


We tried a Barco Clickshare, but after connecting to your PC, you had to install an extra piece of software from the thumb drive it created. which was "too much" to ask for our end users. ;)

u/N30FAMOUS · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Precisely, that's what it'll allow you to do. The downside is that they can be pretty expensive for a good one (like this, judging by customer reviews), and even then, the signal won't be as stable as with a wired HDMI connection. That's why, if you have to go with wireless, I recommend you get the best possible wireless HDMI system you can afford, as the lower-end ones will usually give you lag, connection problems, and/or instability. If you have the option between wired and wireless HDMI (like if you're in a situation where you just don't want to deal with cable management or it looks ugly), I strongly suggest you stick with wired, as it's much less expensive and you'll almost always get better picture quality than most wireless HDMI connections.

u/sixtyfourtwentyseven · 2 pointsr/Filmmakers

Not really sure what your exact requirements are for this though so the following may not apply but here goes...

If there is already a video village set up, I would get a field monitor and plug in to an open HDMI port. Bring a splitter if you need to. They can provide 1080 resolution for a decent price and as an added bonus, there will be no lag. Here is a 7" full HD "Amazon's choice" model for $140. Runs on battery too.

Getting it streamed to your phone is going to get involved since it would like involve having to convert the video signal to a stream. If you want to get away from the video village you could go with a wireless HDMI transmitter receiver like this: but it would be way cheaper to just buy a long HDMI cable.

u/daft_inquisitor · 2 pointsr/talesfromtechsupport

You can blame many recent users assuming that due to the Roku 3. It has a headphone jack in the remote so you can watch/listen to the TV without disturbing anyone else in the room.

u/MessrUppr · 2 pointsr/buildapc

You need a $100 Roku 3.

u/Some_Random_Nob · 2 pointsr/techsupport

If you get a Chromecast, Roku or gaming console you could use HBO Go on your TV.

Or just hook up your PC to your TV as a second monitor and use HBO on your PC.

If your TV doesn't have HBO Go app then you can't get it.

u/Schnodally · 2 pointsr/hometheater

Some options..

Roku 3 with Plex


*Raspberry Pi w/ Raspbmc

u/madsbrain · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think you should treat yourself by buying the Roku player. That way, you can watch ALL of the episodes of Parks and Rec, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, and anything else your heart desires on the largest TV you own!

As for how I'd treat myself, I would buy either this motivational tank or this nerdy one because I've gotten really good at getting exercise into my weekly schedule (I have a 2 hour boxing class, a 45 minute Soul Cycle class, as well as one or two 3-mile walks). Plus, I've lost a good amount of weight so far and I would like to look good while breaking a sweat!

u/ZeosPantera · 2 pointsr/hometheater

The hardware that makes a Smart TV "smart" costs precisely 1/3rd of what a Roku3 costs because of Bulk, No case/remote, factory direct install parts, etc.. So for <$30 in parts those features are added. I doubt they even tack it onto the retail cost.

Smart TV's come standard and WE ALL HATE THEM..

Stop arguing about it. It is just part of the landscape now. Get use to it or go Projector.

u/grandpipe · 2 pointsr/Roku

You can buy directly from Amazon these days. And as for power supply it supports 240 so you can just buy an adaptor if you don't want to shell out for a new one.

Edit: amazon link for roku on sale. AUD$97 shipped.

u/SanityInAnarchy · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

This works a lot better when you're living alone...

Desktop? Ideally, you have some decent speakers -- that alone means you want it in a room away from where other people are trying to work, talk on the phone, or watch TV. Even if you have headphones, that just turns the problem around -- you'd probably like to play uninterrupted by people on the phone or watching TV.

Laptop? Those still seem to cost twice as much as a desktop with equivalent specs. I've given up on using that for gaming. But otherwise, you've got the same problem, the only difference is that you can move to a different room (if you're using headphones) -- but if there isn't a dedicated gaming room, you may find that all rooms are occupied.

Xbox? If that's plugged into the living room TV, the one everyone else uses to watch TV/Netflix/etc, you now have to take turns -- no one can watch a movie while you're playing a game, and vice versa. And this goes double if the living room is used for anything else.

Realistically, those aren't terrible compromises, and if you watch Netflix (despite what Netflix does), having an Xbox in the living room saves you... $100 or so. But it'd still be nice to have a gaming room that you can use for other things (like movies) than shared rooms that you can sometimes use for gaming.

u/chronos42 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Umm well... the Roku 3 is pretty cool ;)

u/deelan1990 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I hunted about for a bit, and a chap posted this on a whirlpool forum:

"My aim was to get access to Coronation Street as cheaply as possible and so began a variable nooobs journey that ended up with a Roku 3 box, watching Hulu Plus, Hbo Go and UK Tv.

Don't know if what I did will be of use to anyone but this forum gave me a lot of help to get there so I’m posting this in the hope it might help someone else.

  1. Signup for the TPG unlimited $59/month plan
    This in itself was a bit of a nightmare but that’s a TPG story! I signed up for this because I didn't want to be worried about data usage.

  2. Bought Roku 3 box from Amazon – US$110.96 inc shipping to Oz
    Took 7 days to arrive.

  3. Got the Unotelly Premium subscription – US$48/year
    I used their UnoDNS option – they provide two Sydney options.
    I got the one week trial first to see how it worked. When you sign up for the trial they allocate you the Gold membership but unless you need a few extra features, which I didn't, the Premium plan is a bit cheaper.

  4. Setup my router with the UnoDNS settings.

    At this stage I could access all the Roku 3 non-subscription channels. No buffering, great quality picture and sound...excellent.

  5. Signed up for Hulu Plus. US$7.99/month
    Now...after doing a lot of reading about how others got access (because Hulu Plus insist you are in the US, using a US credit card to signup) I bought the power seller voucher from

    I chose the Hulu Plus outside the US prepaid card which cost $68.99 USD for a Hula Plus card value of $50. So really I paid $18.99 to access the service and it did work (Power seller provides instruction on what to do). Thanks to Unotelly I’ve since found out about Entropay service and am using them because it’s cheaper.

    I don't know whether I need to do this but to create my Hulu Plus account I use a free 2 day VPN trial from This gave the impression I was in the US when signing up for an account, be aware that the trial only gives you 5x5 minutes access session over the two day trial.

  6. HBO Go
    I feel I could write a book about this! Basically you can't sign up for a HBO Go account unless you have a cable subscription in the US can signup for HBO Nordic which gives you access to the same shows I believe. Roku box doesn't support HBO nordic from what I can figure out so I’ve been streaming it via my laptop to the TV – works fine and Unotelly has a setting for it. I found the videos in HD buffered but not in SD.

    I signed up for one month to see how it was. I think it worked out at AU$15 for the month but AU$12/month if you take it out for one year.

  7. UK TV
    The US Roku 3 does not have any UK channels (you need a UK Roku for that which in turn doesn't have many uS channels) Many people recommend using Plex to access the BBC player but to be honest I found Plex buggy and unsupported for after a day dedicated to trying to get it to work I uninstalled it and went to for the simpler option of streaming ITV, BBC, C4 and loads of other stuff via UnoTelly channels, and attaching my laptop via a hdmi cable to my TV and watching Coro on that. Mission accomplished.

    Approx Costs in Australia dollars:
    US Roku 3 – $110
    Unotelly subscription: $48/year
    Hulu Plus – $96/year
    HBO Go – $144/year
    UK TV – included in cost of Unotelly

    There are tonnes of sports and other channels to access for free and subscription; the above just reflect my interest and you can end you subscriptions at any time.

    I'm not an expert; I stumbled through the above, so hopefully the above may help someone else."

u/zerostyle · 2 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

As little as possible. The more crap you have, the more it weighs you down.
That said, every home needs some necessities to get by. For me those generally involve cooking, sleeping, and repairs. I just finished watching Parks & Rec and am in a bit of a Ron Swanson mood.

For the kitchen (all recommended by America's Test Kitchen):

Victorinox 8" Chef's Knife

Victorinox Paring knife

CDN Instant Read Thermometer

Lodge 12" skillet - cheap and will last you forever

Crockpot, 6qt - the one kitchen appliance I'd cheat with. Easy delicious meals. Toss in a cheap cut of meat (chuck roast, etc), salt, pepper, garlic, onions, carrots, whatever. Let it sit for 6-8 hours. Dinner for 3 meals.


I'd probably just pick up a cheap set of craftsman stuff (screwdrivers, hammer, sockets, pliers). Splurge on the ratchet and any power tools you need:

Bahco 3/8" ratchet - same as snapon F80 at 1/2 the price

Other misc. tools that are quite handy:

Magnetic stud finder - in a new place you're going to be hanging pictures, installing shelving, and mounting curtain rods. These are dirt cheap and super convenient.

Multimeter - Flukes will last you for life. If you need to do any electrical work, these are great. If you don't want to splurge up front just borrow them or buy a cheap $15 one at home depot.


Get comfortable pillows and nice sheets. Don't get all caught up in the 1000 thread count crap, it's a hoax. Just get at least 400tc or so, and preferably egyptian or pima cotton. My favorite sheets are actually a super cheapo brand that are 60% cotton 40% polyester. I prefer them because they feel more "smooth and cool" rather than "soft and warm".

Obviously get real furniture: dresser, bed with headboard, etc.


I won't go into too much detail here, but consider cutting the cord (/r/cordcutters).

A cheap Roku3 + netflix + an OTA antenna can go a long way.

If you have a lot of pictures/media/etc, don't forget about backups. I'd look into an inexpensive NAS, or at least a USB harddrive. They are dirt cheap and worth the insurance.


Lastly, don't forget renters or homeowners insurance. If you are renting, you can get rather good coverage for quite cheap. I just paid around $50 for 12 months of coverage on my apartment ($15k coverage, $1k deductible). I shopped around at 5 different places and Amica came out the cheapest by FAR.

Other than that, you don't need much. Buy less crap. Don't buy some $50 automatic electronic wine opener when a $1 wine key will do the job. Same for a can opener.

u/ReignDown · 2 pointsr/battlefield_4
u/tobsn · 2 pointsr/gaming

Here the link from the chat:

FYI, for me it would be, estimated, $399 + shipping + 23% which comes out at around $570, compared to $530 (399 euro) in EU release, probably more in my country.

edit: just pre-ordered for Poland (moved here a year ago), price is $511 and $522 with 2 day shipping:

this is at least $10 cheaper than EU price, and probably $50-100 cheaper than in Poland.

edit: price for order in NL, with shipping and taxes:


edit: also keep in mind, in Poland for example the official release is planned early 2014. means you get the ps4 not only much cheaper but also month earlier on US release.

u/Sidewinder318 · 2 pointsr/gaming

Amazon releases 12/31/2013 but that's just Amazon.

This one is saying Holiday 2013 for US. Which could mean either Thanksgiving (November) or Christmas (December) both end of the year months, my statement about next year releases still stands.

u/runartin · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The most expensive thing there is the ps4

u/reaper527 · 2 pointsr/PS4


>There's two editions available at Amazon: Launch edition and Standard Edition.

>Launch edition is officially sold out.

when was the last time you checked amazon? there are 6 editions.

u/XJadynX · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Honestly? Until recently my White chair was my most expensive. Truth is I'm in need of a new chair.. my is breaking and at my size I just can't buy any old chair.. however.. when This was announced... it took over the #1 spot as the most expensive item on my list.

I want it because I've always been a PS supported. I believe in Sony and the PS brand.. I owned a PS1 and a PS2 as well as a PS3. Plus I'm a youtube-er. I make and post videos for youtube and the PS4 would go a long long loooooooong way in helping my channel!

If I never got a PS4 would I be okay? Well kind of? I mean I'm not going to die if I don;t get one.. however I really want it.. not just for the youtube thing but.. well here comes the sob story. Last year I took my ps3 and sold it so I could have Christmas money for my Niece and Nephew. My ps3 and a ton of awesome games sold them to gamestop for 400 bucks so I could Christmas shop... now I look at a lot of the games that come out and don;t come to PC and I really tend to get depressed about it. I know it sounds silly cause well hell it's just video games.. but it's how I feel.... so I really want to get a PS4.

u/saroka · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Top three most expensive for me are the PS4, KitchenAid, and the Kindle Paperwhite. I'm still deciding which DSLR I want to pick up and I'm talking to the photographers I work with to make a decision.

u/flippedoutcunt · 2 pointsr/gaming

Talking about console peasants, why are you not modding the game? Couldn't you use DSfix to increase the resolution? The solution is right in front of your eyes.

PC gamers mod the hell out of their games, UI could be changed to match keyboard/mouse controls, high resolution packs, and here you are funnily expecting everything to work right out of the box.

I'll be nice and link you to Dark Souls nexus mods and /r/darksouls. Or you could go ahead and preorder the PS4 here.

u/qqpugla · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If it has to be already released, and money was no object, I would probably get Lego Hogwarts.

However, out of ANYTHING on my lists for me, I would get a PS4!!!!!

If I were able to get anything though for anyone, I would most likely get stuff for my hubby and kiddos. I would get my hubby one of the pairs of shoes on his list for work because he is on his feet all day and goes through shoes quickly; I would get the Star Wars wampa rug for my son; and the Little Tikes playhouse for my daughter :-) (I know this discussion was for ourselves, but honestly my dream would be to get everything on my hubby and kiddos lists because I love giving them gifts more than getting things for myself!!!)

u/LiesandBalderdash · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Here goes! It looks like I got all but 1 item from my current wishlist. Yah!

1.) Something that is grey.

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. Why not a raincoat?

3.) Something food related that is unusual. These are from Japan and Matcha flavor is hard to find in the US!

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!) For my son! He's a nugget.

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it! Guy Gavriel Kay is an amazing writer and I think everyone should read his books. They evoke so many emotions!

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! How about free? Read the classics!

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...) NO.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. I think by definition art is not useful, but very beautiful!

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why? Because Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion are amazing.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain. For stabbing. It's a silent weapon, which is best. You don't want to attract more of the undead.

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. My current goal is to be more active as I try to lose weight, but foot pain is a big barrier to walking/exercising more. I have heard awesome things about this foot wrap and it would be a huge help and keep me from being in pain as I exercise!

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items. It's hard to find in stores now, weirdly. And it's all I wear daily!

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why? PS4!

14.) Something bigger than a bread box. EDIT A bread box is typically similar in size to a microwave. Home. Made. Cappucino. It can go right next to the breadbox.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball. This is pocket sized!

16.) Something that smells wonderful. Apples!!

17.) A (SFW) toy. She-Ra is pretty safe for work

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school. If you're in college, you're gonna need one of these.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. Adventure Time! Come on, grab your friends!

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand. What's mrore amazing than being INSANELY comfortable? Just look at it! Get inspired to sleep. It looks so comfy, I can't handle it.

fear cuts deeper than swords

u/EdenSB · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

/u/MeishkaD said that my entry disappeared, so here it is again. I've deleted my previous entry now (after you said it disappeared), just to make sure it doesn't show up twice.


1.) Something that is grey. [Not on wishlist]

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. [Not on wishlist]

3.) Something food related that is unusual.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. Tell me who it's for and why. (Yes, pets count!)

This is for my classroom mostly. One of the projects the student's like to do is making board games. They like using various types of die, but when we made cardboard ones, they fall apart.

5.) A book I should read! I am an avid reader, so take your best shot and tell me why I need to read it!

I can't give too great a reference. This book is on my wishlist, as I've not read it, after all. It's supposed to be really funny though, with an interesting story. The downside is that getting the whole series is too expensive.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related! [Not on wishlist]

7.) Something related to cats. I love cats! (keep this SFW, you know who you are...)

These are pretty awesome.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it. [Not on wishlist]

I've wanted one of these for ages, but they're not useful enough to justify.

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Why? [Not on wishlist - I own it]

It's incredibly funny and almost everyone has seen the film it's based on. A lot of people have never even seen a parody movie, so it's a new genre to a lot of people and thus a new experience.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain.

A bit of a different item than normal. When the zombies attack, we're going to need to be well rested. Baseball bats and the like are common enough, but a good pillow is hard to find.

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. [Not on wishlist, as item]

A book about learning to become a Primary School teacher. After my current teaching job, I want to go back and train as one in my home country.

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items. [Not on wishlist - the base game is on wishlist].

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. Why?

Playstation 4. It's not on my wishlist as I think anyone would ever buy it, but more to remind myself that it's region-free and only $400 in the US if I can get enough giftcards someday. In my home country it's about $550. The why is mostly Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy XV - both series which I've gained a lot of enjoyment from. There's also that some of my favorite series such as Disgaea are Playstation-exclusive.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball.

16.) Something that smells wonderful.

17.) A (SFW) toy.

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school.

(For reading digital textbooks on)

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be.

Disgaea D2. My current obsession has been trying to convert my old Disgaea 3 save, which has 120 hours and my Disgaea 4 save which has 95 hours, so that I can use it on another PS3.

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand. [Not on wishlist.. but it should be]

The toilet throne. It's amazing that someone has thought of it, if nothing else. Now you can feel like a Queen or King, while going to the restroom.


Bonus: Made in Oregon

Raffle: fear cuts deeper than swords

u/DioTheory · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) Something that is grey: Sculpy! From my cosplay wishlist! :D

2.) Something reminiscent of rain: This hair accessory from my Silly Fun list! I don't know if they're meant to, but the blue bits remind me of raindrops. <3

3.) Something food related that is unusual: Food picks from my Silly Fun list! Maybe not super unusual in Japan, but here in America I doubt you'd see them often.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself: This book off my Books wishlist of course! It's for my husband, who's a huge fan of the Elder Scrolls games. I like them, too, but I doubt I'd ever read this.

5.) A book I should read: The Invisible Gorilla, again, off my Books list. I read almost a third of this book while hidden in a book store one day. It's an absolutely fascinating study (or rather, collection of studies) about how much trust we place in our own faulty intuitions.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping... that is not jewelry, nail polish, and or hair related: Barely, but this nautical star decal! Unfortunately, it's not on any of my lists.

7.) Something related to cats: Another from my Books wishlist! I'm pretty sure I already know my cat wants to kill me, but this book looks funny anyway.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it: Stationary, from my Silly Fun list. I have no one to write to, but I have an obsession with pretty stationary and cards and things. I'm usually too afraid to write on it, even, because nothing ever seems worthy of the pretty paper...

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life: From my Movies/TV list: Braveheart! Because FREEEDOOOOOOM!!!!!

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. Explain: Survival knife from my Adventure wishlist! Secluded, unpopulated areas are best for hiding from zombies, and this thing even comes with a firestarter! HOW CAN YOU SAY NO?

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals: This book which is, strangely, on my Semi-Practical list. I'm a Math/Physics major, but I haven't been in school in quite a while. I'm about to go back very soon, and I'm a little petrified of failing out.

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items: Red Heart yarn from my Crochet wishlist!

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item: The PS4 from my Video Games list. I'm an avid gamer. Video games are how I relax. It's one of the few things that, no matter how crappy my day was, always manages to raise my spirits and help me forget about it all.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box: Apparently bread boxes are way bigger than I thought, so I'll go with this desk off my Semi-Practical wishlist. Surely that's big enough! XD

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball: Turtle earrings off my Silly Fun list! THEY'RE SO CUTE!

16.) Something that smells wonderful: Teavana's Blueberry Bliss tea off my Silly Fun list (yet again). If you've never been in a Teavana store, go this second and just...inhale. <3

17.) A (SFW) toy: Frog mitt from my Practical list. I'm fairly certain this isn't supposed to be a toy, but I get the feeling I'm going to spend more time using it as a puppet than as an oven mitt.

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school: This backpack from my Semi-Practical list! I want it so badly!! IT'S STUDIO GHIBLI HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be: 12 Hole Ocarina from my Ocarina wishlist. It's so beautiful and it comes with a Lord of the Rings songbook and I just LOVE IT SO MUCH.

20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand: Shark sleeping bag from my Silly Fun wishlist! You need me to explain it's awesome?? REALLY? IT'S A SHARK SLEEPING BAG. It looks like the shark is eating you!! Plus it's called the "Chumbuddy" and that just makes me laugh way harder than it should.

Fear cuts deeper than swords!

u/jojewels92 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.) Something that is grey.

2.) Something reminiscent of rain. It always rains when I go camping

3.) Something food related that is unusual. Tiramisu wafer cookies. Better than sex.

4.) Something on your list that is for someone other than yourself. I have a whole wishlist for other people. My boyfriend, gramdma, mom, dad, and little brother.

5.) A book you should read! Clearly. You should have read these already because they are the best books evar.

6.) An item that is less than a dollar, including shipping Not on my wishlist

7.) Something related to cats Leopards are big cats.

8.) Something that is not useful, but so beautiful you must have it.

9.) A movie everyone should watch at least once in their life. Because it's the best trilogy of all time.

10.) Something that would be useful when the zombies attack. To whack them in the head and the use the pick to smash their brains out. And it's foldable so it will fit in a backpack.

11.) Something that would have a profound impact on your life and help you to achieve your current goals. I'm a student and I practically live in the library most of the school year. I need a laptop because the computers at school are SO outdated.

12.) One of those pesky Add-On items.

13.) The most expensive thing on your list. Your dream item. PS4! I need this because I love to game and I really, really need Kingdom Hearts 3. Like really.

14.) Something bigger than a bread box.

15.) Something smaller than a golf ball.

16.) Something that smells wonderful. This is the BEST SCENT EVER. It smells like marshmallows, fire burning, and vanilla.

17.) A (SFW) toy. Grown-up toy!

18.) Something that would be helpful for going back to school.

19.) Something related to your current obsession, whatever that may be. Harry Potter is always an obsession.

[20.) Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. ]()

[Anything that has my real name on it.]()

Anything made in Oregon. This is a bit of a stretch but bear with me. The Bourne Triology preceeds The Bournce Legacy. Which starred Edward Norton who also starred in Fight Club. A movie based off the book who was written by none other than Chuck Palahniuk who is from Oregon & resides there.

I'll be back to finish this!

fear cuts deeper than swords

u/Luminair · 2 pointsr/PS4

Here's the link! Killzone bundle is also available!

u/DJCreeperZz · 2 pointsr/PS4

Here you go

u/meanween2000 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I've run across this Samsung box a few times in my searching. I don't know much about it, but would love to hear if it's worthwhile. It features a cablecard slot, plus the usual streaming apps.

u/logicbus · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I searched for "cable card tuner" on Amazon and this was the second result:

I'm sure many of the search results would do the trick.

u/djkoolaide · 2 pointsr/cordcutters
u/KorpensVinger · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I'm using this Mediasonic HW-150PVR with very good results.

u/sparkysko · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Yes, under $40. I have one.

Any of the DVR Tuners are going to have an on screen guide, it's part of the OTA broadcast.

u/honer123 · 2 pointsr/gadgets

Check out the standalone DVR's like the Mediasonic, this , or this, or this

u/WalterKThe4th · 2 pointsr/CommercialAV

That's what I thought, but the way the rooms are wired, a cable line goes into a VCR, which demodulates the signal to S-Video to go into a TV, or more frequently, a projector. This would work, we'd just need something like this in each room, along with an HDMI line run for the TV/Projector:

u/cybergrimes · 2 pointsr/ota

like /u/finally_joined mentioned this is a circa 2008 digital conversion box intended for folks whose TVs only had analog tuners If you're looking for a cheap DVR you'll probably want something like Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx or a higher quality device like the Channel Master DVR+ or TiVo Roamio OTA. I'm a big fan of my TiVo as it covers most streaming services too.

u/mmmspotifymusic · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Those TV fool stats make me jealous, you wont need to spend much on an antenna the one you have should work. Most places like walmart, kmart, etc carrier those so try one out from there just in case you need to get something better.

As for the converter $60 is over priced for what that does for $35 you can get one that doubles as a converter and DVR. Just add your own Flash drive, Hard drive etc.

u/Eddy209Part2 · 2 pointsr/hometheater

A 65" P series is exactly $2000 and is probably one of the best, if not the best, 4k HDR 'TV' out now that's not OLED. Just know that you will have to get an external tuner since the display doesn't have one installed. Something like this:

u/silwenae · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I bought a Homeworx 150PVR and plugged that into my Xbox One. I need to set up the IR right still so the XboxOne can change the channels, but other than that it's been working great. I have an off-air antenna in my attic and already had coax installed from there to where my TV / XboxOne is.

I have not tried the PVR options, just watch live TV from time to time.

u/Anwezzy1323 · 2 pointsr/xboxone
u/Kichigai · 2 pointsr/Android

> That's a lot of work for me to basically record PBS ... I don't watch any of those shows.

Less work than you think. I had my whole setup up and running in about 35 minutes or so.


There's some gaps in there. Notice there's nothing after May of 2017. Zilch for 2018.

>I literally would not know what to do with local channels, I already have a pretty large HDTV antenna on my roof and I get maybe 10 channels.

Your antenna may just need to be repointed. TVFool and a compass can do a lot. It's also possible you have a crappy TV tuner. The tuners put into TV sets and USB dongles/PCIe cards in the early 2000s were pretty crappy. Newer ones a significantly better. When I swapped out my WinTV HVR-950Q for a HDHR Connect I saw a dramatic increase in reception.

>I mean sure I could record Bobs Burgers or something on Fox, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, but those are the only shows on regular over the air channels that I watch and I barely even watch them.

That's kind of the magic of a DVR. Set your recording rules to keep storage manageable and they'll just be there whenever you get the urge to watch it.

I mean, for example, my mom and I love Cook's Country and America's Test Kitchen. Every Sunday we'd sit down on the couch and watch it. When I moved out I've kind of fallen out of that habit, but from time to time I still do like to sit down and watch them. So whenever I'm all like "what should I watch," I can say, "oh, I'll watch ATK" and a recording will be sitting there, waiting for me.

I don't have to go out and find a torrent (since it's not available streaming), wait for it download, and then get it into Plex or whatever. I just go press play. I've got the recording rules set up to keep only the three most recent showings, and set it to a relatively low priority.

>Spending $200 so I can record 3 shows I don't care about is really offputting, but thanks for the hardware recommendations.

Actually the HVR-150PVR goes for $30 on Amazon, add a cheap hard drive and you've got everything you need for less than $100. That's less than a month's worth of coffee shop visits.

>I doubt any of that can be DVR'd without also paying for cable and many add-on packs to get HBO/Starz etc.

Well of course not, but while I have a DVR I still have Netflix and Amazon Prime. It's a supplement, not a replacement. Helps save on the data caps, gets some oddball programming that isn't commonly available, and enables me to follow special programming that may not be available streaming. Like CBS.

Leslie Moonves has an enormous stick up his ass about streaming. But putting up an antenna and DVR'ing 60 Minutes is pretty easy. No muss, no fuss. No need to set up VPNs and play with Sonarr and SickBeard, juggling around Plex libraries, and stuff like that, just to watch a show that is available to me, for free, legally, all I have to do is pluck it out of the air.

u/jimbelushiapplesauce · 2 pointsr/LateShow

oh cool, i didn't think that was possible for some reason.

if there's no viable streaming option, i might get myself an antenna, and then maybe this cheap tuner with recording capability. i'd have to buy an external hard drive for it, but it beats the $300 tivo options and should work for me since i only really want to record this one show.

u/goodhur · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Here is the is a similar device: last I heard the homeworx was marginally better. I have the iview

u/homeboi808 · 2 pointsr/hometheater
u/Rlight · 2 pointsr/xboxone

I have this Homeworx TV tuner

u/Stereo441 · 2 pointsr/xboxone

From the reviews, you can use that box to watch tv but the xbox does not detect it as a device and thus cannot be powered on/off or channels changed through the xbox.

Apparently this one is recognized though....

EDIT: review is quite old so it may have since been added!

u/bitchkat · 2 pointsr/Roku

Watching OTA channels is as simple as hooking up an antenna to your TV. If you want to record OTA, you can build a MythTV box or buy something like this

Now if you want to be able to stream content to different TV's in your house, something like Simple.TV might be what you're looking for. The Simple.TV hardware is made my Silicon Dust (aka HDHomerun).

u/Fargabarga · 2 pointsr/xboxone

Check out the Mediasonic HW-150PVR.

I'm using it with an OTA antenna, but it may work for your setup too. Also, it plays nice with the Xbox and easily lets you surf channels with the Xbox OneGuide.

You'll need a Kinect, or other IR blaster to have it change channels through the Xbox.

u/Buelldozer · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I don't know why you were downvoted, you asked a legit question. /u/jhguth should have just linked you to this:

u/upofadown · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Is it possible that the Visio TV is just bad at fixing up a crummy signal? So would a better antenna perhaps help?
If you were to post a link to your report you might get some suggestions for a antenna.

Could you just get a new tuner rather than a whole new TV? Examples:

u/adrianmonk · 2 pointsr/pics

Unlikely, unless your projector has a TV tuner (able to receive radio signals in the TV bands, then perform ATSC decoding) in it, which most do not. If your projector had a tuner, it would be pretty obvious as there would be channel up and down buttons on it.

It's much more common for a projector to have an HDMI input, in which case you could make it work with a tuner box like this one or similar. You'd plug the antenna into the tuner, then run an HDMI cable from the tuner to the projector.

u/discdigger · 2 pointsr/hometheater

To some degree, you are throwing good money after bad, and until you buy a receiver + speakers, that will not change. I also would suggest NOT buying the product in the second link, and upgrading to an HD Home run for just a bit more money.

All is not lost, and you can fix this for under 100 bucks:

This is a $40.00 HDMI switch. You plug all of your devices (Fire, XB1, Antenna) into it. The issue will be your Antenna, which is not HDMI, and currently connected to your TV. In order to convert that to HDMI, you will use this:

Now you can plug everything into the HDMI switch, and use the optical out to go to your soundbar. As a bonus, if you connect USB storage, you now have a PVR.

u/thebassdude · 2 pointsr/Roku

I have three of these, no complaints.

u/tkanger · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I bought the Homeworx PVR. Works well, HDMI output, connect an External HD to it and its perfect. Really depends on your antenna though, i had to buy a better one to get more channels to record. Box only cost $50.00

u/shaolinpunks · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

I connected my rabbit ear antenna to this then connected it to my XBone to get OTA. The box does have to be line of site to the kinect to change channels. Other than that it works great.

u/descouvertes · 2 pointsr/Quebec

J'avais l'idée d'en faire un dans le wiki mais avec la fin de session pas trop eu le temps. Pour les intéresser :

  • Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx - 46,90$

  • Leaf® 50 HDTV Antenna - 69,99$ - (codes rabais nombreux sur le net)

  • Clef usb qui traine - 0$

    Il est certains qu'avoir une antenne extérieur et une télévision au premier étage est mille fois mieux, mais avec ça j'ai 6 chaines à l'intérieur d'une cave alors que je suis en périphérie de Montréal. La qualité de l'image est quand même très bonne et va jusqu'à 1080p (60 hzt) et tu peux enregistrer les émissions. Tu peux même voir les prochaines émissions (pas de guide à ma connaissance par contre). Plus de frais télé à payer.

    Pour voir les chaines que l'on peut capter c'est mieux d'utiliser Tv Fool.

    Pour sinon les émissions sur internet. J'avais commencer à chercher des informations pour le wiki canal D, canal Z, canal vie, etc ont tous pleins de matériel en ligne. Sinon avec l'arrivé de netflix en France on peut souhaiter avoir plus de contenu francophone, sinon Illico sur demande contient super écran et d'autre choses du genre. Je connais pas assez cependant je crois que tous est accessible sur internet (10$/mois).

    Et j'ai fait quelques recherche mais Disney Junior à une version internet on dirait bien.

    J'utilise en plus une chromecast c'est environ 30$. Je sais pas ce que je ferais sans elle. Sinon il y a d'autre système semblable comme Roku qui assez populaire

    EDIT :

    Le setup est vraiment tu branche l'antenne sur le récepteur et le récepteur sur la télévision. Une fois c'est fait tu ouvre le récepteur et ta télévision et tu sélectionne français avec la manette. Et voilà c'est terminé. Tu peux aussi branché un ordinateur à ta télévision avec un fil HDMI et utilisé ta télévision comme moniteur.
u/_Ganon · 2 pointsr/umass

Sorry for the late response. I have a projector at UMass currently. Able to answer any more questions you want..

  1. You're going to want a Digital TV Converter Box like the one I have linked. Unless your projector has Coax input, a simple cord conversion won't do anything -- you need a way to control what channel you're on, etc.
  2. What kind of wall do you have? I'm not sure about what your dorm has, but the wall is so important. If you have one of those brick-ish walls with all the rectangles or whatever, it will suck. You'll need to figure out some way to hang a high thread-count sheet from the ceiling, or really - it's not worth it. If you have a flat wall, you're in luck.
  3. Projector throw. This is important. Generally since dorm rooms are small places, you want a projector with a short throw. This means that the image will be bigger despite not increasing the distance from the wall.
  4. Projector location. Where will you put the projector? Last year, I had a double and my roommate moved out, so I bunked the beds and put the projector upside-down on top of a box on the top bunk. This year, I've got a single, and have the projector on top of a coffee table. What's important here is to remember that projectors shoot up. They aren't centered like some people assume.
  5. Heat management. It's no lie that projectors generate a lot of heat. It'll make your room hot and I don't use mine in early September or late April / May because of it. Don't put your projector on cloth like the top of your bed. Heat can seriously damage your projector and is potentially a fire hazard.

    That's about all the problems I've encountered with owning one. If you have any questions or want pictures of my setup, feel free to ask.
u/Sky_Diner · 2 pointsr/xboxone

This tends to be the popular US OTA option:

u/timrbrady · 2 pointsr/woodworking

Roku, easily. Chromecast is great for a $35 device, but the Roku 3 is the way to go for a standalone set top player. I'd even rather have the Roku Stick than the Chromecast. I just prefer a device that doesn't rely on my computer, phone, or tablet to function.

The Amazon Fire TV also appears to be gaining in popularity.

u/carloselcoco · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/stylz168 · 2 pointsr/synology

Do you have internet access at your new apartment? The chromecast and the DS213j needs to be connected to the same local network.

Unfortunately there is no way to directly connect the NAS to the TV, since it is not a Smart TV and does not support DLNA, you can't browse the NAS directly.

The Chromecast is different from the Wireless Display Adapter, since it does not mirror screens, etc. What the Chromecast will do is allow you to point your NAS to your TV by using your phone or tablet as an intermediary.

Another option you have is to run Video Station and Media Server on the NAS, and purchase an inexpensive Roku HDMI stick which lets you install DS Video on it. That will allow you to browse the NAS and watch your videos without using your phone.

u/cjcox4 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Well.. this can be harder than it seems. All fixable if you build it of course... like an OS on a small ARM device or even a PC (usually expensive though).

If you want something fancy, I recommend Kodi (a lot more than a player, but really excels as a player). If you want something that will work against any smart frontend (anything that has a Plex app), use a Plex Media Server on the backend, it will transcode as needed to support the frontend.

Btw, a Roku as a frontend can play some media types off it's USB (if you get one with USB support). The problem with stock frontends is that they only support certain codecs... so it might not work for your friend.

There's some work involved, but Kodi is what I'd use. It gives you a settop like experience. If you don't mind a bit of risk on a prebuilt system, you might try something like:

u/ottawaha · 2 pointsr/Addons4Kodi otherwise check these out
This is the box I started out with and now I currently use an NVIDIA Shield TV Box but that is a much more expensive box. This one is very easy to use, good remote, and I would recommend you get an empty box and not one of those "preloaded" boxes you'll see all of the internet.

u/shif · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

$48 USD Compute stick with 1GB ram

Not the best reviews but shouldn't need much juice for displaying websites without user interaction

u/ptwenty · 2 pointsr/slowcooking

When it says "Ships from and sold by Amazon" like this, I agree that Amazon sets the price.

But when it says "Sold by Fulfilled by Amazon" like this, Amazon does not set the price.

So, I only responded to point out that being fulfilled by amazon does not mean that amazon sets the price.

u/nickynorka · 2 pointsr/kodi

Does this work on the new Firestick

How would you put it on using a Mac?

u/Clynn209 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

The remote to my Amazon firestick

u/nomotivationandtired · 2 pointsr/CasualConversation

Sure. Amazon has two types, the cheaper stick for $30 is enough.

u/tb21666 · 2 pointsr/AndroidTV

Maybe they'll improve them one day, but ATM AndroidTV's/SmartTV's are rather lacking overall IME.

I have HTPC's & ATV boxes on dumb monitors myself.

If you really need something that's powered off the USB port, check out the Amazon Firestick & see if it suits your needs..?

u/darthrothgar · 2 pointsr/Austin

The Amazon Fire Stick is on sale this weekend for $30 on [Amazon](All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player

You can install Kodi from following method 1.

I just did this the other day and I'm about to cancel my U-Verse TV.

u/pslickhead · 2 pointsr/kodi

I did this on the new firestick with Alexa and put it on the TV at my sweetheart's house. It works wonderfully for streaming apps but there is not much memory for media to be stored on the device or any way to add local storage. I haven't connected any network storage at her house to see how well that works but I imagine it is fine. The firestick runs KODI like a champ. It also has Netflix and Amazon apps.

u/sammydizzo · 2 pointsr/DunderMifflin

It’s basically a small stick with an HDMI plug you put in your TV that you can download Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc. on to. I’m in the US so I’m not sure if this link will work for you or not:

u/shdarren · 2 pointsr/gadgets

What device are you planning on using to stream? If you have capable hardware, you could get a FireTV Stick, load Moonlight, and use the GeForce Experience to stream your desktop.

u/DiDgr8 · 2 pointsr/Tivo


I'm not currently seeing any "All In" Bolt boxes on Amazon, but there are Roamios available.

u/usersingleton · 2 pointsr/Longmont

Yeah, still don't have nextlight here but i've considered getting an antenna and a tivo for it, but I really struggle to think of anything i'm particularly missing. I suppose if you wanted to watch local sports then it'd be a good idea, but hardly worth it for me.

I will say that I think tivo have a great product. If i were going down that path i'd get a TiVo Roamio and an antenna.

u/Like_Ottos_Jacket · 2 pointsr/Austin
u/Etunimi · 2 pointsr/amazon

Assuming you talk about this.

Impossible to know for sure, but the fact that they are not taking orders at all suggests they are not sure if they will ever get more of them. But unless NVIDIA has discontinued it in favor of the remote-only bundle, my guess is that Amazon will get more stock at some point.

Note that Best Buy still has the full bundle in stock for $169.99.

u/psimwork · 2 pointsr/buildapc

What GPU do you have? If you have a fairly recent Nvidia setup, the best way (in my opinion) is to run a Nvidia Shield TV device and stream the gaming directly to that device.

I have one at home - works fantastically. Was worried that it wouldn't work for Steam, but not only does it work for Steam, it works for Origin and all other gaming as well!

u/VlK06eMBkNRo6iqf27pq · 2 pointsr/nvidia

Was referring to the Nvidia Shield

u/SSJStarwind16 · 2 pointsr/Vue

No Shield TV? I use that and it's amazing.

EDIT: I meant Android TV so a Mi Box or perhaps a Nexus player if you can find it would work.

u/fallen75 · 2 pointsr/Addons4Kodi

Lucky, I got a price tag of 260 here in canada

u/bonehead5550123 · 2 pointsr/PleX

The clients with the best compatability for 4k content are the Nvidia Shield and a PC running Plex Media Player.

Also, Your 960 is not going to choke playing 4k content. The weaker Integrated Graphics on Intel CPUs are more than capable of streaming 4k content.

u/holden1792 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

Nvidia Shield is $20 off for $179.99. Not amazing, but if you were thinking of getting one already, it seems to be the lowest price I can find them.

u/ottuser · 2 pointsr/DirecTVNow

I would avoid all sticks and expresses from everyone, the lack of ram really shows up on dtvn.

The fire tv pendant (2017 edition) has a good amount of ram and is on sale for 49.99 today.

You can also get it free for 1 month pre-pay:

You can get an apple tv (5th gen) for 3 months pre pay:

remember to keep spectrum running while they test so you don't have to go through the hassle of re-activating the spectrum if they hate it.

u/homecorp · 2 pointsr/DirecTVNow

Wow... I think I know what streaming device I’m gonna buy... But to be clear, the FTV you have is this one, right?

u/Spynde · 2 pointsr/fireTV

You have the stick version of FireTV, which look like a usb drive almost, then you have the newest model, which looks like a Cube, then you have the device model which replaces the FireTV box like models, which now looks like a 'dongle'.

u/chrisrico · 2 pointsr/cordcutters

>I notice that Amazon doesn't offer a new version of the box, only dongles now?

This is the new version, it's as powerful as the box, just connects to the TV differently. Not a fan of it hanging from the HDMI port, myself.


You can use their Ethernet adapter with the new pendant-style FireTV devices.

I wish the Roku interface didn't suck so much, I'd like to move away from Amazon due to their pissing contest with Google.

u/sammew · 2 pointsr/wildhockey

AND ALSO - Amazon just announced it's new Fire TV device:

u/cache_ · 2 pointsr/appletv

Fire TV does not support AirPlay, but it does support Google Cast.

The Fire TV box you're referring to was discontinued yesterday and seemingly replaced with a less powerful device, which does not have Gigabit Ethernet. They did add HDR10 though. There are rumors that the box that will really replace the Fire TV box is still coming, but there's nothing available right now.

u/beigemore · 2 pointsr/htpc

I've got a very similar setup. I use a QNAP TS-431p for network storage, and a 7700k that runs my Plex server. Streaming directly to my x900e even over ethernet was not always smooth. I found that streaming to a FireTV or Apple TV worked much better. While the x900e is an awesome TV, I don't think the CPU they used is powerful enough, even to just run the Android OS. There are tweaks you can do to the TV though, like set it to developer mode and then go turn lots of background services off that you don't need, which will help speed things up.

My suggestion is to buy a FireTV 4k and try that out. If it doesn't work, you can always return it.

You may also want to make sure that slower wireless devices are not connected to your faster wireless SSID.

u/bigpoppapaul · 2 pointsr/Addons4Kodi

If you can live without the gamepad, you can get the base model for 179 right now.

u/Velocity_Rob · 2 pointsr/miniSNESmods

Pay $40 more, get the Nvidia Shield TV and you have probably the best emulation box available.

u/sk9592 · 2 pointsr/hometheater

This would be my suggestion of what to buy for $3000. I'm sure most people on this sub would disagree with my more budget oriented picks. I'm just putting it out there.

Feel free to explain why I'm wrong.

Item | Price
VIZIO P-Series Quantum 65” | $1,500
Pioneer SP-PK52FS Andrew Jones 5.1 | $505
Denon AVRS740H | $403
100ft Speaker Wire | $13
Surge Protector | $25
Apple TV 4K or Nvidia Shield TV | $180
HDMI Cables (2x) | $13
Total | $2,666
Optional |
Banana Clips | $20
VESA Mount | $35
Atmos Speakers (In Ceiling) | $75
Atmos Speakers (Stand Alone)
| $240

For 4K and HDR it is very important that your HDMI cables are capable of 18Gbps. I have never had any signal issues with Monoprice cables, and the slim form factor of these cables is ideal for cable routing and management. Two cables is the bare minimum you need to get up and running. Obviously buy the appropriate length and amount that you need.

**For the Atmos speakers you only need one of the two options. In-ceiling speakers are objectively the superior quality and cheaper option. But they are not realistic for everyone's living situation. That is why I included the stand-alone speaker option. The speakers I picked would replace your two surround speakers and act as both surround and Atmos channels.

u/blondedre3000 · 2 pointsr/StreamTalk

More info on what? The shield? There's a few versions - regular and pro, with and without game controller.

It all depends on what you want to run. It used to be that if you had specific things you wanted like Prime Video for example, you had to go with something specific. That's mostly no longer the case anymore.

Apple TV is fantastic for almost all provider based apps with their TV section. If you have subs to things like HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu, etc. Doesn't support things like Kodi (There is an alternative to Kodi 16 called MrMc though), and forget about terrium. I've given up on most of those things since switching to plex shares, and now emby shares anyway, it's way more user friendly than constantly dicking with Kodi and the occasional crashes. To me it's the most polished of the 4 options, and the remote is the nicest to use.

For Android TV the shield is hard to justify, but nothing else touches it in terms of smoothness. It's on par with the Apple TV in terms of how effortless it runs. The remote kind of sucks though, and it's more expensive. It is better than the Mi, but $100 better? Only if you care about 4K amazon video or a few other things like that. If you're into Kodi then you probably want the Shield, or even the Shield Pro. It's the only box that can really handle it reasonably well. Kodi will literally turn my Mi Box into a fiery inferno until it eventually locks up due to thermal protection.

FireTV is kind of the outsider. It can do most everything a Mi Box can do, but is mainly geared towards buying and watching all things amazon. You can sideload things onto it though. Some people prefer the interface to Amazon TV, but I'm not sold. Never really did like the Prime App. The stick as you've discovered is woefully underpowered though. The previous gen box is ok though, more powerful than the Mi Box but not as much as the Shield.

Roku is kind of the "keep it simple" of the bunch. They aren't a content provider like Apple, Fire TV, etc, so they remained neutral and had the most app support for a long time (except Apple Movies). Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, etc, they were one of the only ones that had it all for a long time. I find that the interface is kind of dumb and woefully outdated though. It feels slower than just about everything else, and it's very restrictive on what you can do with it. You can't even set your own DNS or static IP for christ's sake. The other poster did have it right though, it is very stable and simple. I see a lot of older people using Roku.

u/ngs428 · 2 pointsr/Roku

Nvidia Shield.

Shield at Amazon

So, it costs more... at least it works better than my flashing screen piece of crap Premier plus that they don’t care to fix.

u/TwinHaelix · 2 pointsr/PleX

I agree with others that say the Shield is the best no-compromises solution. However, I've had excellent luck with my Roku Streaming Stick+. It direct-plays all my H.264 and 10-bit H.265 content. However, I don't have any fancy audio requirements like many others, so I can't speak to whether it can handle DTS-X, ATMOS, or whatever.

I have mine strapped to the back of my TV and connected via 5GHz WiFi to a router in the cabinet beneath the TV, which is more than enough to support 4k streaming.

You can get one on Amazon for $50.

u/Crimtos · 2 pointsr/buildapcsales

As the other guy mentioned the Roku is a better choice than the Firestick. Among other downsides one of the bad things about the Firestick is that it doesn't have official youtube support.

They have a $30 1080p version and a $60 4k version. Assuming the sale is the same as last year the 4k Roku should get down to around $40 on Black Friday.

u/riskbreaker419 · 2 pointsr/pelotoncycle

I had posted some information about Miracast yesterday and thought I'd add some more information. It might be too detailed for most people and they might not care but here it is nonetheless:

As is mentioned in the wiki, the technology protocol it uses is Miracast, which is a peer-to-peer wireless networking technology. To further expand on that, it's considered WiFi Direct, which means that while your internet connection, modem, router, and WiFi factor into using your bike, your casting to a device/TV does not. The WiFi connected devices in your house unrelated to your bike or TV could interfere with your ability to Miracast since they operate on the same frequencies (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz).

Also, casting from Digital is not always the same as casting from your bike. Bike casting is just literally casting whatever is on your screen to a Miracast device. While a lot of mobile devices can do Miracast as well they tend to go a different route for casting of content to another device. For instance, Android phones and tablets can cast to a Chromecast using the app where the bike cannot cast to a Chromecast.

The device I use to cast from my bike to my TV is the Roku Stream Stick+ after having a lot of issues with my LG TV 's Miracast losing signal often. It is the 4K version of the Roku Stream Stick, which should also work, but I've only tried it with a Roku Stream Stick+. I think any current gen Roku device will work. The reason I opted for the Stream Stick is because it's small footprint and it's the cheaper of Roku devices, since I only use the Roku for the Peloton bike. Here is the support article for Roku devices and screen mirroring (Miracast).

u/rastacola · 2 pointsr/ApksApps

That's not the original price, so I think you're looking at the wrong thing.

Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

u/mi7chy · 2 pointsr/kodi

Released in Oct 2018. It uses a 12nm Mediatek MT8695 with more codec support vs the 28nm Amlogic S905Z on the 4K pendant.

u/JM30000 · 2 pointsr/amazon

Thanks! The cube is $79. Not sure if that’s a good price. But here’s the link:

u/darknessfx · 2 pointsr/GamersAndGames

Começou os descontos dos devices Amazon, o que me interessa é esse de US$50 por US$35:
Lista completa:

u/boostdd · 2 pointsr/JDM_WAAAT

The Single E5-2620 V1 will handle about 3x 1080p transcodes. However, if your clients are decent enough and your media is compatible, you'll likely not need any transcoding. Remember, transcoding is converting the file on the fly because the client is not compatible with the native codec.

Direct Streaming and Direct Playing performance will be impacted more by your network (home streaming) and internet connection (external streaming). I'm not saying CPU/Hardware wont effect your ability to Direct-Play/Direct-Stream, but it's likely less of an issue, until you really start increasing your simultaneous streaming.

Xbox One should direct play H264 MKV.. I'd also recommend checking out the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K if you're looking for another cheap highly compatible client. A few of my friends that I share my server with have them, and they direct-play just about everything I have..

What's nice about this build is, you can easily upgrade if you need more CPU power. You can start with a single CPU and either add a 2nd one or upgrade both. The rule of thumb is 2000 Passmarks for 1x 1080p transcode. Check out the CPU Comparison Chart for more info. They also list a ballpark price for the CPUs as well.

u/park_injured · 2 pointsr/AndroidTV

would the recent fireTV stick work?

it says $40 which is a good price for me.


And would it work on a mac?

u/Greg00135 · 2 pointsr/4kTV

I gotcha, well I hate to be the bearer of bad news you could have gotten then new 4K stick straight from Amazon for about the same price. New refurb.

The stick 4k, specs, supports Dolby Vision and a slightly faster CPU. 4K pendant specs

Hope this helps.

u/jacobolobo7 · 2 pointsr/cordcutters
u/fpreston · 2 pointsr/livepd

I'd jump on it but I can't change my plan as I am grandfathered into the $16 a month plan. Amazon is putting the 4K Firestick on sale for cyber Monday at $24.99.

u/Captain_Midnight · 1 pointr/buildapc

I'd get this case for $20 after rebate, so you have enough money for a decent power supply. Like this Antec.

Also, that 890FXA doesn't have onboard video, nor does that CPU have an IGP, as far as I know. Unless you plan to make this a headless unit, you'd need to get something like a G630 (comes with a stock fan, so the total cost is actually lower), and an entry-level H61 motherboard. Ideally one with a DVI or HDMI port on the back. For example.

So assuming you took the Intel route instead, you'd also want one stick of RAM, because mATX boards usually have only two slots. That way, you leave room to add more.

Alternatively, you can just buy a Boxee Box and connect an external drive to it, or have another computer on the network that contains a media storage drive.

u/nubbinator · 1 pointr/buildapc

If you want wireless streaming of HD video you'll want a wireless adapter for the computer or to have your computer physically attached to a network that has a wireless router. You'll also need some sort of media box that has wireless streaming capabilities. As much as I hate to recommend it, the Apple TV would be a good cheap solution. You could also get the Boxee Box or something like this by D-Link.

u/gehzumteufel · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Skip the Apple TV and get a Boxee Box. Sure, it is more expensive, but the versatility is MUCH better. It plays everything and already integrates with Netflix! And no hassle of dealing with installing XBMC and all that.

edit//I should mention, that it supports the Netflix streaming built right in. It does NOT, however, have a dvd drive. So you would still need a player for that. Which I presume you probably already have.

u/heliosxx · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Have you looked at Boxee?
Also on Amazon probably better explanation on amazon actually.

u/memebuster · 1 pointr/appletv
u/phase_lock · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Some TV's have "apps" on them (I own one that does) and sometimes there's a Netflix app. The ones that do have a netflix app will be able to plug into your router, or connect to your wifi network, just like a computer or wii would have to. There are some things like roku or boxee that can be cheaper than PCs or game consoles, that are intended for netflix, hulu, etc.

u/OmegaKnot · 1 pointr/electronics

They used to make a device called a SlingCatcher for this purpose, but it is no longer made and is very expensive used.

You have a couple of options if you want to watch SlingBox on your TV:

One is to buy a Boxee for $179 ( and install the SlingPlayer app. Another option is to plug a laptop into the TV and watch it on there. If you have a new TV with Google TV, I think they also make a SlingPlayer app that you can install.

u/ChalkyBarracuda · 1 pointr/wdtv

Ok thanks, that seems to be the consensus on my Amazon question too. I guess i'l have to exchange it.

By any chance do you know the difference between this version and the version I have?

One seems to be newer, more expensive, but doesn't have netflix, while the older, cheaper one seems better. Is the more expensive one worth it at all?

u/_Ceddy_ · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Would this be the best one? Its the newest. Amazon Link WD TV
This has no Netflix for some reason..

There is also this one which has older software I believe. Amazon Link WD TV Live

There is also a WD TV Play, but no USB included.


Ordering a WD TV Live 3rd Gen WDBHG70000NBK. Seems to be the best.

u/dragonfly224 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I've got a WD TV Live(Get that one because for some reason the latest one does not get netflix) and it beats out the Roku in my opinion because it can play any external storage, and it can find computers with Plex installed on the network.

u/mtndewforbreakfast · 1 pointr/gadgets

To echo others in the thread, most tablets and laptops will be more expensive than some of the small set-top boxes for digital media, like the Roku 2 XS, Roku 3, Amazon Fire TV, or WDTV. All have their trade-offs, but I know the first 3 at least can connect to a few varieties of media server on a separate computer, such as the very popular Plex, or play local media from an attached USB device. They all sell at $100 USD or less right now.

I have used both the USB and Plex options personally on Roku 2 XS and Amazon FireTV and really enjoyed the experience, though my preference of the two is Plex for a home setup, while USB is fairly convenient if you want to go binge a show at a friend's house.

The Plex client for the device should support more than one server machine, so if you have other members of the household with their own media, they can fire up a Plex server of their own when they want to watch on the set-top box.

I cannot say anything about the WD TV from first hand knowledge, only the Roku series and Amazon Fire TV.

u/sadov · 1 pointr/buildapc

Not to derail, but sure you don't want to just get a WD TV Live Media Player and a big enough external?

I have had the pleasure of using one and it seems like exactly what you need without spending more than $100 dollars. It plays almost any video file, can stream locally, has hulu plus/netflix, and does all this through wifi (or ethernet).

u/Northbrig · 1 pointr/htpc

I have a WDTV Live that does all of those things. WD still supports it with firmware updates and it plays more format types that any other streamer box I have found. Some people complain that the interface has too many options and is not very friendly for non-technical people in the house, but I like it. I stream content from a Plex server, and that requires Plex to have an accurate DLNA profile for this device for every content type that I want to play so that Plex knows how to transcode the content. That works most of the time, but not always.

u/scooterdog · 1 pointr/hometheater

You may want to look into the WD Live Media Player on Amazon, it seems like it might fit your needs.

I tried out several years ago one of these and it didn't work all that well. To be fair though it was trying to stream over Wifi, which I would not recommend for HDTV. It was also several models before this one.

u/lordderplythethird · 1 pointr/computing

Well, I meant streaming from my computer via media server, to a PS3. I have a 2tb in my computer currently that my PS3 reads just fine, and it's formatted in NTFS. If it can read that via media server, I suppose it should do exFAT just fine too! if not, I suppose I could invest in something like this. I'm sure my wife wouldn't mind the nexflix/hulu/spotify hub right there at our TV/stereo. hm. exFAT it is! thanks reddit!

u/ikariwarrior · 1 pointr/NetflixBestOf

WD TV Live is a pretty awesome little machine. Netflix app runs just as good as anything I've seen, wireless capabilities, hulu, youtube, pandora, and can play basically any video format via the usb hub for $90.

u/StarGeekSpaceNerd · 1 pointr/techsupport

After doing some research, I figured that the WD TV Live Streaming Media Player was the best choice for me. It will read nearly every file I throw at it except for .flv files. It'll do YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, and a bunch of other sites but unfortunately won't do Amazon streaming. It can hook up to any computer I make available on my network, or I can just plug a USB drive or stick into it. It can also go to the net and pull information for TV shows and movies. Finally, one of the big draws for me was the fact that it could play DVD ISO files. It has a lot more flexibility than a Roku for only a few dollars more.

u/zgggg · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The changes a year has wrought:



Western Digital Live

Vizio Co-Star

Many Blu-Ray players

Many Smart TVs.

Most current gen game consoles (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii)

All support Netflix and all support 5.1 sound. It depends on personal preference to define what is best for you.

u/Reaver_King · 1 pointr/apple

I'm a big fan of the WD TV live streaming media player.

Not only can you plug in a USB hard drive and have all of your media on there, it also can stream from your mac with Playback or PS3 Media Server. It's compatible with pretty much every format I've thrown at it, and it you set it up right, it can play your itunes collection right through your mac as long as they're on the same wifi.

It's cheap, and I really couldn't be happier with it.

u/gid0ze · 1 pointr/hardware

I can't really remember the plex differences off hand, but I remember liking it better. I'll try them both out tonight and let you know. WDTV definitely has more connection options. Such as Plex (DLNA), NFS, and SMB.

That isn't to say that the WDTV isn't without it's problems. The ideal way to hook up media is using the SMB option where it stores meta data in a .wdtv folder on the SMB/NFS share itself, but I couldn't get this to work reliably with the current firmware. Using a Windows server was unreliable. The share would disappear randomly and was unable to reconnect the share without deconfiguring the share, rebooting the device and trying again. And using Linux/Samba or NFS as the server wouldn't even work claiming it didn't have write access (it did). So I use Plex on Windows and it works well, although some movies might take 30 seconds or so to start up, but once they're playing it's fine. There is a newer firmware revision out that I haven't had a chance to check out yet. I'm sure other people have it working fine, but there's something about my network (possibly the Linux Samba server) that it doesn't like.

If I had to buy it again, I'd opt for the version with the hard drive as all the SMB/NFS/DLNA woes would not be an issue, and hopefully everything will just work as there's no other computers that need to be configured, turned on, etc. 1TB wouldn't store all my media, but at least all my home videos, pictures and music would have fit...


I have this:

But would rather have this:

u/myalias1 · 1 pointr/wdtv

Here's the version I swear by

This is the model that has the most file support. Meaning it plays more file types than any other version. And it still offers the standard online streaming services.

I've moved on to Android set top boxes at my main TV, but still have 3 of these connected around the house.

u/Oakroscoe · 1 pointr/hometheater

Western Digital Media Player is arguably the most popular. Pretty much any media player you get will have streaming ability, but it's first and foremost a way to plug in an USB full of videos and play on your TV or projector:

u/wbgraphic · 1 pointr/cordcutters

You're right about that. The Roku plays h.264 natively; DivX-encoded AVI requires Plex or XBMC to transcode.

This looks like your best option (and it's on sale right now):

u/AzeriGuy · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

Or try this or maybe look into Nvidia shield TV

u/skatanatafas · 1 pointr/videography

Best way I can think of would be to use this:

with a couple of phone charger batteries to power both transmitter and receiver, attached to an LCD so you can view what the camera is doing.

u/Jaereth · 1 pointr/VideoEditing

>What you're essentially looking for is VoIP -Video Over IP. It's not consumer grade yet for good quality. Enterprise or data center - yes. But for live A/V, no.

Whelp, that pretty much sums that up. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me.

On another idea, what do you think about something like this?

It will definitely be within the hundred feet, then if I grabbed a camera with an HDMI out I could eliminate the laptop altogether?

Edit: Just need video too, no audio.

u/MuyGalan · 1 pointr/SamsungDex

Interesting idea! I would imagine the Nyrius Aries Pro Wireless HDMI Transmitter might work, but it's a bit expensive to achieve this purpose – even if it did.

u/coololly · 1 pointr/buildapc
u/lowspeed · 1 pointr/gadgets

I was looking into the Nyrius ARIES Pro Digital Wireless HDMI Transmitter and Receiver System

Anyone has personal feedback on how well it works?

u/brunerww · 1 pointr/videography

Hi David - there's an [inexpensive but reliable zero latency HDMI receiver/transmitter you can buy for $250] ( - but its range is limited to 160 feet through walls. If you can get clear line of sight, and reduce your range a little, this may be an easy and relatively inexpensive solution.

Good luck!


u/nbury33 · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

I use this for gaming Nyko Playpad Pro for Android/Bluetooth

u/ryan_expert · 1 pointr/gaming

I've been using this bluetooth controller for a while now to play emulated games on my phone. It's awesome!

u/Jayson98 · 1 pointr/EmulationOnAndroid

Me and my friend we play street fighter alpha 3,Tekken 3, Darkstalkers 3 and Marvel vs Capcom on the Ps1 emulator.

My friend uses this:
And I use this:
This is done on my Galaxy tab 4

u/TheSuperSteve · 1 pointr/theNvidiaShield

I haven't tested Tinycore or 8bitdo's apps, so I can't comment there. All I can say is that Nvidia's default gamepad mapper hasn't made me want to go looking for some other solution, so I guess that's a good a testimonial for it as any.

I also wouldn't say it works with any controller. I've only tested this Nyko controller: It works just fine with Nvidia's controller mapper. So I suppose any controller with similar specs and functionality would also work.

u/shangrila500 · 1 pointr/Android

After a quick Google I found this review:

A guy says he paired it with his Windows 8.1 tablet and it worked in mouse mode and in MAME it works in play pad mode. I will investigate further when I get back home in a few days but I would bet it would work. It may just take a bit of tweaking with some things.

u/FoferJ · 1 pointr/fireTV
u/Kiriesh · 1 pointr/techsupport

So you want one of these?

edit: or if you're feeling loose with the cash, you can get one of these and say goodbye to cables all together

u/Cike176 · 1 pointr/Filmmakers

You have a few options depending on your budget.

The cheapest option is something like this. A consumer hdmi transmitter and receiver, probably poor reliability.

HDMI in general isn't great for this, and you'd be better off with something that uses SDI.

A camera like this can use an SDI cable which is better for longer runs, has locking connectors, and will be easier to run than hdmi. You can pick up a wireless SDI if you want a more reliable wireless solution.

If you still want to go the HDMI route, but want a cheap camcorder that's fairly versatile with longer lasting batterys, try something like this (and you can even use this with the cheaper wireless HDMI if you so desire)

Oh, and for running SDI into a computer, this has worked well for me

u/geren27 · 1 pointr/xbmc

Are you looking for something like this or This

I looked into these over the past couple weeks and some have better reviews and more/less lag then others. Personally I don't want to shell out $150-$200 so I'm going to run a 40' HDMI cable from my pc down through the basement then up to my living room tv

u/Nebakanezzer · 1 pointr/cordcutters

that seems like one of the few options that lets me ditch the fios remote and control tv through it as well. I think, no matter what way I choose, I'm going to be fishing at least a power cable through the wall unless I do something like this and just send everything from a nearby laptop.

do you know if the co-star can grab video from network shared devices or play avi/divx?

u/Win_Sys · 1 pointr/sysadmin

So something like this?

u/Specken_zee_Doitch · 1 pointr/DIY
u/punkonjunk · 1 pointr/NintendoNX

this tech actually exists - versions of it that work well cost a couple hundred, but I've set them up for clients a couple times.
I've used and been pleased with the aries brand:

So not only does nintendo have the tech it used for the wii u to draw from, but a lot of other new research and production with widi, other wireless HDMI implementations, etc.

Additionally, taking the "wii u" half of the wireless display into a dongle and swapping in the wireless display hardware into the console itself makes a lot of sense, and should function well. Just have to hope they can nail near-zero latency, or they offer us a cabled option when latency matters... for smash bros with your bros.

u/beefjuice · 1 pointr/gaming

Wireless HDMI transmitter and receiver.

At ~$150 you might be better off with building a media PC and just using Steam In-Home-Streaming. You can add non-steam games and applications whether or not they were purchased through the market for the sake of streaming.

u/mr_hellmonkey · 1 pointr/drones

Oh, that makes sense. As far as I know, there is no way to do it wirelessly. The only 2 options I can think of are the DJI LightBridge 2 or using an HDMI wireless transmitter. Both options would require a power source.

u/Butt_Pocket · 1 pointr/hometheater

-take one from inside to outside when you want it.
-spectrum has a Roku app you can use (not sure which provider you have)
-wireless hdmi thing but it's $200 so probably wouldn't be worth it

u/realgoneman · 1 pointr/videosurveillance

If DVR has composite output, maybe a cheap wireless video transmitter/receiver kit would work. Also, check out this device from Amazon

u/cmorg789 · 1 pointr/techsupport

What kind of projector, does it have wifi/smart capabilities?

If not you could get a rpi, install Android or something and hide it up there.

Additionally, you could get a wireless HDMI kit like this:

u/Zsilfen · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I would actually recommend getting a wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver. You can mouse the receiver to the back of your TV, and just plug the transmitter into the device. Here is a example of one.

u/Derf_Jagged · 1 pointr/ps3homebrew

I don't believe there's any way to do this aside from a really long HDMI cable or one of those wireless HDMI transmitters

u/unculturedperl · 1 pointr/xiaoyi

If you can't connect directly from the camera to the projector with a cable, you could also look into a nyrius aries:

They're not 4k, but 1080p max, but otherwise great.

u/oppoman56 · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Maybe this if you have $180

u/davidfg4 · 1 pointr/buildapc

If you really can't run a cable from your computer to the TV, something like this would work for short distances.

I think you are thinking of a Google Chromecast, although those have limited streaming options.

u/XSharkonmyheadX · 1 pointr/PS4

Hate to be the negative Nancy but this will never happen on the PS4.

If you're looking for a more viable option, think smart and buy one of these

u/aziridine86 · 1 pointr/buildapc

There are products, but they are not cheap.

A 1080p signal, even at 30 fps is a very high bandwidth. Luckily you only have a short distance to cover, so you probably won't have issues with signal strength, but its a lot more expensive than buying an HDMI cable.

60 GHz wireless HDMI transmitter 1080p 60 Hz + audio: $175

Various other tech:

There are probably better and cheaper products than these, but I haven't researched them much so I couldn't say.

You can use something a lot cheaper, like Chromcast for example, although I believe it uses a compressed signal so it will have worse latency and image quality, and it maxes out at 720p.

u/saboingaden · 1 pointr/sysadmin


We've been using the Pro version of this for our newer conference rooms. It's bulky, but it works well for full desktop. With a couple different HDMI adapters, you can use with any display output.

u/natethegrate1990 · 1 pointr/hometheater

I concur with u/donFrio on the Apple TV and wireless hdmi to projector.
My current solution in the house is to use the Apple TV as the receiver for just video (I don't have any gaming systems). You can get a wireless HDMI Switcher for the PS4 and XBone (in the link below) to switch between the VIDEO feeds.

Ultimately you would have all the gadgets (appleTV, PS4, XBone, bluray) in the table by the screen, connect them all to the HDMI switch input. Connect the HDMI switch output to the wireless HDMI transmitter and VOILA, hdmi transmitter wirelessly transmits whatever media you want to the projector.

On the audio side it would probably be recommended to get a receiver of some kind since you have so many different devices you would have to switch audio on...or just keep using the bluray player as a receiver??

To get audio from apple tv to a receiver:

u/macbookwhoa · 1 pointr/Chromecast

The only thing I can think of is have your Chromecast plugged into your receiver, then have your HDMI out to your TV as the one cable going from your receiver to your TV. Alternatively, you could get one of these, but that's going to set you back a couple hundred bucks.

u/nynexman4464 · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

There are wireless USB hubs but the reviews are not spectacular.

I don't think Bluetooth has the bandwidth for streaming full HD. I think you'd need a device like this.

u/cheech790 · 1 pointr/LazyMan

Chromecast should be the easiest way to go. You could also use "" or something like that.

u/Jon_Benet_Rambo · 1 pointr/xbox360

Haven't tried it and it looks more like casting than mirroring but anyway . You're probably gonna need something like this .

u/demekanized · 1 pointr/Chromecast

I do not have intimate knowledge of Steam link, but I have used one at a friends house once. It does/can display the desktop and programs, and it has a local USB port for connecting back to the PC. You should be able to use programs with it, and at the very least warrants more research. I believe though, a wired Ethernet connection is preferred, but that may only be with high resolution games playing.

They also make wireless HDMI adapters, but those are probably going to be ~$200 and may not work perfectly. They one I have used worked fine enough though.

u/truesly1 · 1 pointr/videography

use your Vixia, grab a USB battery, any HDMI tv, and one of these.. it'll work better than any wifi stream and will work with any camera if they upgrade in the future.

u/inquizz · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Hi! I use wireless Hdmi in the camera side of the film industry. Though it's probably overkill, I'll throw out what options I've used. The Nyrius Aries Pro as the cheapest possible option that I would ever use. Apparently its discontinued but the Nyrius Aries series is available for $200.

Next up is Paralinx and Teradek both will give you close to zero delay and 1080p 4:2:2. A set will cost you between $1300- $8000 depending on how crazy you want to get. The cheapest possible reciever and transmitter, even generations old, will blow any pro-sumer products out the water for response and distance.

u/MetricT · 1 pointr/nashville

How about replacing the HDMI cable with a wireless connector?

u/Gunnarfg · 1 pointr/RASPBERRY_PI_PROJECTS

Pi is better off streaming stuff like steam games from a pc not so much console based stuff. The pi I don't think can be used as a pvr like device where the HDMI is used as an INput and not an OUtput

If you wanted wireless console gaming across your house. Try this.

u/scirocco · 1 pointr/techsupport

Well, i've considered chaining them... like using a typical wireless HDMI like this one

and them plugging other things into it...

What I'm unsure of is if this kind of daisy-chaining will cause an issue. We're not looking for perfect image clarity here, really just get it up there. SIMPLY --- that's the key.

*Edit: I hope amazon links are OK... not an endorsement, just examples!

u/deathfaith · 1 pointr/projectors

Actually, no. Thank you!

Have you heard of the Nyrius ARIES Prime Wireless Video HDMI Transmitter? If so, opinions? Will it do the job?

u/luckblade · 1 pointr/australia

The other option being order it from Amazon here:

Then head down to tricky dicks for a 240VAC-12VDC generic adaptor.

Ours arrived in about a week.

u/Krebstar783 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Batman Suit

you need to buy this because I had a roku 1 for a long time and I loved it, and the 3 is much much better!

I NEEEEEED this so I can kill zombies on my phone! PREASE?!?!

u/ilikeminuterice · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You need this RIGHT NOW. Because, who the eff doesn't like to watch everything on their TV without having to run a cord to their laptop??

And I need this RIGHT NOW because I have an unhealthy obsession with owls and cookie jars and this one is wearing a freakin' scarf!

Batman Suit

thanks for the contest :)

u/laserbaconninja · 1 pointr/GiftIdeas

First, you can get him something called a powerbank. Powerbanks are small, portable, things used to charge your phone, tablet, mp3, etc on the go when there is no plugs around.

Here's one I found on Amazon

The Roku 3 is an awesome gift.

u/BuckyDog · 1 pointr/hometheater

I have had several Roku devices over the years. I frequently sell older units as new models come available. I can state the older units (Roku 2s and older) need more frequent reboots (about twice or more a week). However, the top of the line Roku 3 ( ) is much more stable and rarely needs a reboot. I also rarely get those freeze-ups on Netflix you describe (but yes, I do get them on older units).

Also, I think the newest model (the slims) PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 make great streaming devices. But I still prefer the Roku 3 for the remote.

u/nintendodirtysanchez · 1 pointr/PS4

I was able to buy a launch edition this morning from Amazon. It looks like all of the launch bundles are still available

Open the link in the full version of the site, on mobile it just goes to the standard edition.

u/Slyx · 1 pointr/PS4

Amazon Games twitter says check this page (PS4 page on Amazon) to see which console you have. You have the one with the yellow stripe (instant order update). I'm pretty sure that it's just the support folks not knowing what they are talking about.

u/dead138 · 1 pointr/croatia

300 ojra. ce ih isto tako imati. Ne isplati ti se uzimati trojku za vise od 1500kn sad, jer ako realno gledas, PS4 ces bar 7-8 godina imati (standardni rok trajanja novijih konzola, PS3 je izasao 2006.)

u/weks · 1 pointr/gaming

Just because you can buy it now doesn't mean you can get it right now though. Also known as a pre-order.

u/xaffinityx · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy cake day!!!

1 Rubber spatulas that I would use to mix up my cake, or icing colors which I use to die icings for cakes I make!

2 This one is a stretch but portal socks because Simon Pegg did voices for video games...and Portal is a video game!

3 I don't have any books on my WL. :P but.... I'd like to read this bag while I devour it's contents!

4 Mixing bowls. My SO tends to eat his cereal out of the few I have now >.<

5 Gecko food for our gecko! It even has a picture of one on the label!

6 Purple socks or purple nail polish!

7 Portal companion cube!

8 My (not so guilty) pleasure.

9 Pocket knife!

10 The definition of my childhood!

11 Literally for organizing!

12 My favorite hobby is baking!

13 PlayStation 4 could be geeky to some.

14 Made with 100% natural almonds!

15 Green socks!

16 I can wear these adorable leggings!

17 Funny candles!!

18 NSFW beads...

19 Gardening boots!

20 The item I love is this mixer!

I think you will buy these!

u/erlend65 · 1 pointr/funny

$5000?!? What's he been smoking? It's available to pre-order on Amazon for $399.99...

u/Qu1nlan · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

We share 6 items!

Gift card

PS Vita


Django Unchained

Kingdom Hearts 1.5

Y the Last Man (I've got a different volume of it on my list though)

u/AcridZephire · 1 pointr/GoForGold

Best i could find It will ship to you when they get one.

u/TheKeibler · 1 pointr/GoForGold
u/marianitten · 1 pointr/PS4

What's in the Box

  • PlayStation 4 System (Jet Black)
  • DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller
  • HDMI Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Wired Mono Headset
  • USB Charging Cable
u/JoeDaddio · 1 pointr/bfvoip

For the record: the deadline for ordering yesterday was for the addition of some kind of extra battle pack.

Here's the US link:

With your Canadian Dollar now being pretty equivalent to the US Dollar I'm wondering if you might be able to get away with ordering one from there if shipping isn't too loony (I made a pun!).

u/cryptorific · 1 pointr/Ebay

Well amazon has already sold out of it's launch day allotment. The launch edition is sold out while the standard edition is available but won't ship as quickly as the launch edition.

u/Bgibbs · 1 pointr/PS4

Just remember that this is the mic that is coming with the PS4

Mono headphone, similar to what you'd see on a cell phone. Obviously you can change what headset/mic you use.

u/XepherMax · 1 pointr/xboxone

I recommend this Samsung cable box.

It supports over the air and cable cards. If you ever get cable such as comcast(no cost for cable card)or verizon ($5 month card rental) it can also be used it place of the cable providers box.

I can't tell you if the xbox one has the remote commands for it, but I can vouch for the device.

Warning: cable box picks up guide info from cable provider. Verizon FIOS guide is not compatible. (Xbox one has its own guide.)

u/everbuddy · 1 pointr/cordcutters

You could buy something like this but you would still have to rent a cable card (usually $2-3/month)

I would second the antenna suggestion

u/Cl3v3landStmr · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Because when you use a CableCARD you have to give your MSO (i.e. cable company - Charter, Cox, etc.) three pieces of information in order to activate/authorize the device/CC to receive & decrypt signals:

  • CableCARD ID
  • Host ID
  • Data ID

    More often than not any Scientific Atlanta, Motorola, Pace, etc. set top box that you see for sale online is stolen/non-returned equipment. Generally MSOs will only allow STBs they own on their network. IIRC they keep a database of stolen/non-returned equipment and those devices will be blacklisted from receiving service (I also think the various MSOs share lists of these devices so that if you try to take a box from Cox and try to activate it on Comcast it will also be blacklisted). These STBs remain the property of the MSO, so even if someone paid the non-returned equipment fee the STB would still have to be returned once discovered.

    In order to guarantee that you're being 100% legal you would need to use a TiVo, Samsung GX-SM530CF (mentioned by u/MeowMixSong), or a HDHomeRun Prime (you'll also need a device to display content on a TV. Check out the section for HDHomeRun App requirements for Live TV at the bottom of the link).

    Just curious, but does Optimum not offer a TV app for devices like a Roku like the other MSOs do?

    Edit: Accidentally a word.
u/NightlightRuse · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Consumers do have options. They're all just kind of expensive.

The cheapest solution is to buy a TV or a set-top box with a CableCard slot: When you use a CableCard, you get almost all of the channels in your package plus the HD variants without having to pay the HD tech fee. Comcast usually gives you the first two CableCards for free, and then each additional CableCard for around $2 a month. Also, Comcast will credit your account around $3 a month for using your own equipment (sometimes you have to ask for them to do it, but they will do it).

Some newer HDTVs have CableCard slots built in. Most don't, though. If yours doesn't, you have three options:

  • [Buy a TiVo.] ( This is what most people do when they want a HD DVR without paying $20 to Comcast. The upside: You get almost everything with a TiVo that you'd get with a Comcast box, including XFinity On Demand in most areas, and almost all TiVo boxes can stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube. Most newer TiVo boxes also work with [the TiVo Mini] (, a $150 device you hook into every other TV set in the house that eliminates the need for additional boxes. The downside: You have to pay $15 to TiVo every month (really $12 when you consider Comcast credits your account $3 for using your own equipment), or spring for a lifetime subscription, which can run upwards of $600 these days.

  • Buy a used TiVo with lifetime subscription. This is what frugal people do when they don't need the latest features, but still want to stick it to Comcast. eBay and Craigslist are littered with older-model TiVos that don't require a monthly fee because the previous owner paid for a lifetime subscription. Most people who are selling these TiVos will post an image of their device's menu showing the lifetime subscription listed in the account screen — if they don't, either ask for it or don't buy it. For HD service, look for either the TiVo Series 3, the TiVo HD (or HD XL), the TiVo Premiere (or Premiere XL) or the TiVo Series 4 (or Series 4 XL). You may also find a used Roamio or Bolt on eBay, but they'll be considerably more expensive than the older models. Don't get anything that's Series 2 or older — they won't work.

  • Last, if you don't care about DVR functions or On-Demand and you only want live TV and maybe care about HD, get your own cable box. Samsung [makes a streaming device that doubles as a cable box] ( — it costs $129 retail and again you'll need a CableCard. There's no monthly fee with this box — you pay for it once and you're done. You get a TV guide, HD channels without the HD fee and a couple of streaming TV services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. It's not a DVR, though, and you won't have access to XFinity on Demand, but if you don't use either of these — or you feel you can live without them — this is absolutely the cheapest route to go. Sometimes you can find these boxes on eBay or refurbished units on Amazon or at Walmart for a cheaper price.

    There are other cable boxes you can buy — eBay is littered with used Motorola and Arris boxes — but be careful which ones you buy. Some of them are stolen, and if Comcast thinks you're trying to activate a box that has been stolen or was "lost" by a customer, they won't activate it.
u/EgoDeus1 · 1 pointr/rva

Samsung GX-SM530CF Cable Box and Streaming Media Player with Built-In Wi-Fi. [$75]

Works on any cable provider and costs less than renting a cablebox. If you use it as your "first" cable box with Comcast, they'll actually pay you $2.50/month.

Would consider trading it for a 2TB+ hard drive, decent road bicycle, or an Xbox 360 Slim.

u/LocalAmazonBot · 1 pointr/hometheater

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u/jgosovision · 1 pointr/xboxone

I use this (way cheaper than the TIVO)

works great for OTA broadcast and I hook up an external HDD to it for vid playback and DVR capabilities.

u/arandom4567 · 1 pointr/Edmonton

If you buy a PVR (and an external harddrive for the model below), you can schedule and live record in all that glorious crystal clear HD too. It's the digital HD equivalent of the old VCR. for example.

u/ebow77 · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx box supposedly has a firmware update available (upon request?) that enables it to record unencrypted cable TV.

The Viewtv At-163 box has this note: "While this device DOES have full QAM/Cable capability, it is NOT currently officially supported due to incompatibility issues with some cable providers."

Either one is cheap enough that it might be pretty low-risk for you to just try it out, even if your signal becomes encrypted in the not-too-distant future.

u/Boildown · 1 pointr/Planetside

Ok, so given you have a TV that can decode the signal, which is best? Because my TV can't seem to get a channel I'm supposed to get, I got something like this (right brand, can't remember which model): and it doesn't pick up the channel either. So I'm left thinking my indoor TV antenna is failing me. I've positioned it all around too, no luck, although some places and orientations are clearly better at receiving the channels I do get than others.

u/oldepharte · 1 pointr/cordcutters
u/tessaray · 1 pointr/cordcutters

The antenna you link to is the one I have on all my televisions. You may need to go to /r/OTA to get someone to analyze your report.

Each tv will need its own antenna, unless you want to put up a larger one.

The cheapest tuner you can get will be something like the HomeWorx box. You will need one for each tv.

Depending on how many televisions you have, I wouldn't totally discount something like a Tablo. You don't need to add a hard drive for recording if you don't want to (but why not?) and you will need a set top box like a Roku for each tv, but you will need something for each tv anyway.

u/BloodoftheTiger · 1 pointr/xboxone

me too. i was really really sad for a while. but i bought an antenna for like $15 bucks and this device from mediasonic. works pretty flawlessly and i am very happy.

u/ultimatetodd · 1 pointr/MiBox

If I were you and my TV didn't have a built in TV tuner, I would get something like this to watch OTA TV

u/lambiam · 1 pointr/xboxone

Heard good things about this on this borad from OTA users.

u/R0beddi · 1 pointr/xboxone

This. I got the homeworx around Christmas time and it has been great. I would prefer the authorized Microsoft brand, but this works until the bring it to the USA.

u/audioscience · 1 pointr/hometheater

I found what you might want. Something along these lines:

It doesn't look like they give you optical out but you get stereo analog audio.

u/Lhuarc · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Hello fellow projector owner. I myself just inherited one and while it's amazing it has been tricky to get going. There are two popular options that I know of, one mentioned below.

  1. Adding a HDHomeRun to your network which can transit OTA signals to your computer, I would recommend using Windows Media Center for this. From here you can watch, pause, and record live TV with a really nice program guide. Personally this sounded awesome and was my first choice but after using it for awhile I'm just not a fan of the whole laptop as HTPC option. Having to turn on my projector, receiver, laptop and then switching audio and then displaying the image on the projector isn't exactly high on the WAF. However it is a nice bonus with the HDHomeRun that you can get live tv on most devices connected to your network like phones, tablets, and bluray players.

  2. This is the new option I am exploring, I haven't received it yet though. I purchased one of these guys from Amazon, From my research this should be able to transmit the signal from the OTA antenna to HDMI which would then give you these channels on the projector. It has mixed reviews saying the guide is pretty barebones and the recording function isn't the best due to it using EPG data that the stations broadcast. But for me I think this is the best option considering it frees up my laptop and requires less setup each time I want to watch tv. I should note though that this requires a separate hard drive or flash drive in order to access the time shift or recording feature. Personally I just purchased a $10 flash drive from amazon.

    Let me know if you have more questions, I would be happy to try and help!
u/Popesta · 1 pointr/xbmc

Depends on your location because for me personally this was an easy solution, but for others it's kind of an expensive fix.

All I had to do was buy this (most important) and this (because I'm playing through an Xbox One and projector). Because I live in a city environment I just hook those 2 up and I'm all set. If you have a regular TV you will not need the digital box, I only needed the box because I am running it through a projector/xbox one setup.

But if you are in a more rural/suburban area you may have to go the expensive route and buy a satellite dish, but buying the $8 antennae I posted above is worth a shot.

FYI this is a guide to just getting local channels, nothing else. You should also look at your TV guide to see what channels you would even get, depending on where you are at this could change everything. I get roughly 20-30+ channels, but I've heard of other locations only getting a handful.

u/reddits_r_us · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I bought this Homeworx PVR. Pretty cheap around $35. Basically using it to record football games so I can speed through it later that evening.

u/GrizzlyBearHugger · 1 pointr/xboxone
u/leehofook · 1 pointr/techsupport

i have this unit:

you can hang a usb stick/drive off of it and record programs with it, though i have not tried.

i've read it creates video files on the usb device that you can play back later.

u/ScratchBomb · 1 pointr/techsupport

Thanks a ton! This pointed me in the right direction. I ended up going with the unit below. It's cheaper and has better/more reviews. I'll test it out and post the results here. If it's a bust, there a few more like it in the same price range.

u/wallybeavis · 1 pointr/cordcutters

If it's the same box that I have, it may be this one:

You can connect a external drive for recording shows. I use this one, first on the Homworx and later on my Tablo

I only see what's playing and what's next in the guide. The guide also relies on the local tv stations to populate the descriptions of their shows, and some stations just don't. It's not a bad box for $40, but I missed being able to pause the news/shows while I'm watching, which is why I ended up with a Tablo.

Also, I don't know who needs to see this, but it save my 14 year old 42" Plasma from the recycling yard:

For some reason it was cheaper on line by $5, than in store

u/TheyCallMeKP · 1 pointr/xboxone

If you'd like to utilize your coax cable for the SB or for anything else in the future, you could get a Mediasonic HW-150PVR. It's a tuner that'll output over HDMI. OneGuide even supports it!


u/TommyAces · 1 pointr/SquaredCircle

Yeah. I picked up an AppleTV the week before WWEN launched, specifically for the purpose of viewing the network. It's small, runs smoothly, and is portable if necessary. It was worth the $90.

But the new Roku Stick is supposed to be a really impressive device and it's only $50. I'll be picking one up just so I can have the portability it brings. I know it's too late for WM, but here it is....

u/nolifegam3r · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'd LOVE a Roku! since I don't have TV and i'm tired of watching my shows on my laptop :p

can you direct my to the nearest Elephant Barber

I'm Chris, I love making music, drawing, piercings, tattoos, I program for fun, and am currently attending a 4-year univaersity for computer science!

It's nice to have you here, maybe you could tell me a little about yourself? xD

u/will_r3ddit_4_food · 1 pointr/AndroidGaming
u/SlowTurn · 1 pointr/cordcutters

It has a spdif and home.

Edit Matricom G-Box Q Quad/Octo Core XBMC/Kodi Android TV Box [2GB/16GB/4K]

u/XxROCKxX · 1 pointr/Addons4Kodi

Very helpful, thank you. So a couple follow up questions. 1. I think that's a good idea about not giving them something fully loaded. I havent used it yet, but I was imagining something that had a simple interface like popcorn time, netflix, or hbo go. So out of all the options even if cost is not that much of an issue, you recommend the fire stick kodi? 2. Are you saying, it's probably better to buy the firestick with kodi loaded on ebay then either learn to jailbreak myself or find a friend that can do it? 3. Also, I just saw this with over 3k reviews and the description says it can load any of the extra apps. Not sure what you think?

u/dabsfordaze · 1 pointr/IPTV

Amazon Fire Stick in our bedroom and a normal PC in the living room.

The Fire Stick takes a good bit of tinkering to get exactly as desired, but once you do, it's literally a (tiny) Kodi stick, with the ability to also play games, Youtube and any other Android apps you happen to like.

In the living room, the PC I've got setup, has a graphics card with a HDMI out to my TV. Kodi obviously runs great there too, plus I've got the versatility of Windows.

Yeah, Chromecast stuff has never interested me it's just (slightly) limited in what it can do, because of this most Android stuff frustrates me.

Here's what I'd suggest, if you're not interested in always having the laptop plugged into your TV; grab one of these preconfigured Android TV boxes, they start around $40, and come with a remote control, so once you've got everything setup, it functions like a cable box. They've already got Kodi installed, plus a majority of the latest Add-Ons, so you don't have to spend a bunch of time getting setup.

Here's a couple options, the first being one of the cheaper options, the second a more fully loaded, faster option;



u/Coal_Morgan · 1 pointr/canadacordcutters

You can get the same results with an Android Box something like this.

That's the first one I found on Amazon, I'm sure if you search you can find a bunch. They have Kodi on them and depending on what you install on Kodi, you can basically get whatever you want.

Try youtubing Matricom; oh and try youtubing "The Beast Kodi", It's one of the more interesting package addons for Kodi. You may find that it collects what you need in one spot. You'll want unlimited internet though.

u/infilitratecky · 1 pointr/HuntsvilleAlabama

I cancelled cable a couple months ago and haven't looked back. Here's my November bill with speed test on my own modem. I run two G-Box Q's and a couple Chromecasts without issue. Football season I use an OTA antenna or the ESPN app on the G-box Q for 1080p without lag.

u/AlCapone564 · 1 pointr/Hoboken
u/LEAVER2000 · 1 pointr/Addons4Kodi

Potato quality being less than 240p with dog shit frame rate.
My speed test resulted in 65Mbps download and 37mbps upload.
Prior to buying the Matricom G-Box I had been using the program on my laptop, it worked alright.

Today I unplugged my 1TB external hard drive from the G-box and it seems to be running a lot better, actually able to stream movies with Genesis without much buffering.

u/dr_ransom · 1 pointr/techsupport

Intel Corp. BOXSTCK1A8LFC Compute Stick STCK1A8LFC

Appears to have a usb input. Runs Ubuntu but there are others that run Windows

I just want this thing to be able to stream a live feed to the TV (I’m a dentist, using this for patient education). Not trying to capture or manipulate/save images

u/bigdizizzle · 1 pointr/htpc

Those are Android "PC's" - they arent a windows computer.

They would work fine for what you want to do, but arent considered an HTPC by most. I was concerned you were looking at some of the cheaper computer sticks - like this one here ... which would not be a good choice IMHO.

u/XenEngine · 1 pointr/sysadmin
u/hungariantoast · 1 pointr/MiniPCs

Right now you can get an Intel Compute Stick off of Amazon for $35. It only has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage but it can take up to 128GB of microSD storage if you want to expand that. If I hadn't just got a RasPi Zero W I would have bought this instead as a solution for rsync backups.

Personally I think it's an alright deal for a very cheap x86 board that's 64 bit and comes with Ubuntu installed.

u/OniExpress · 1 pointr/roosterteeth

There isnt an official one, and I suspect that the one on Roku hasn't been updated to be compatible with the new backend.

You can get one of the new model Chromecast (the older ones will stutter), or there's these which I bet would give good access via the website, since it's just running Windows 10.

u/TheBryanJD · 1 pointr/DirecTVNow

Looks like the 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick does support up to 60fps: tech specs from Amazon.

u/Zahir_SMASH · 1 pointr/androidapps

Chromecast will not work with a Kindle fire, just fyi.

Try these steps with a Fire TV Stick instead

u/villakillareal28 · 1 pointr/Krypton

If you live in the US you should try getting and Amazon fire stick. That way you can watch most shows for free.

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player

u/HouseOfBrick · 1 pointr/DailyTechNewsShow
u/hewkii2 · 1 pointr/technology

not 10 times but a fire stick is $40 on Amazon so between 3-5 times the price.

u/kurizmatik · 1 pointr/vegaslocals

$40 amplified antenna

$40 Amazon FireTV Stick
$90 FireTV





The antenna will give you free local channels

FireTV can give you streaming channels + apps for streaming from channels if you have someone generous enough to provide their cable/satellite login. So we have live streaming of Fox Sports, ESPN, CNN and some more.

and Kodi for every TV Show/Movie. There's add-ons for live tv that's hit or miss but definitely improving

Right on the Vue page it lists what local channels are available. Same with Sling and it's not many

Edit: I don't get your point of trying to cut cords if you're still subscribing to every streaming service available? At that point wouldn't satellite be cheaper?

u/zeller123 · 1 pointr/buildapcforme

If only being used for streaming music, I would recommend an Amazon fire stick, does all the same job from a portable remote and/or your phone.

u/kenmacd · 1 pointr/raspberry_pi

I like that they provide such specific specs (although they don't link to that from the 'technical details' on their product page).

That Shield TV looks interesting, and on a quick google it looks like the bootloader is unlockable, so it might be a contender. Thanks.

u/appel · 1 pointr/Roku

Plenty of decent options.

u/Matttatron · 1 pointr/BlackPeopleTwitter
u/NormalNormalNormal · 1 pointr/criterion

Honestly I was just gonna get the regular $40 one. I figure I don't really need the more expensive features.

u/M_A_X_77 · 1 pointr/PleX

You can add the Amazon Fire Stick to that list of devices that will not work without an internet connection.

We lost internet for a few minutes and all it would display is something about it cannot load "Home".

Although, the internet came back on long enough for me to get Plex started. When we lost connectivity to the internet again, it stayed connected to the Plex with no issues. So, I wonder why it needed the internet connection in the first place and if there is a way to fake the connection.

u/figshooting · 1 pointr/firetvstick

8 Gig is not too shabby. You would think they could do a better buffering.

u/Darbystrummer77 · 1 pointr/Tivo

1TB Roamio OTA for $400 on amazon, includes lifetime service

u/azsheepdog · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Why do you have a product designed to record tv but do not make it ready out of the box by providing a built in harddrive? It seems deceptive in nature to not have all the requirements built into the device, even if it becomes a 3rd selling option to have one without and one with the hdd.

If I am looking for a product simple enough for my parents to watch live tv and recorded shows then the TiVo is the much simpler choice.

I want to use a tablo but it looks to cumbersome and messy to have the extra box for a harddrive.

u/AmazingCouple · 1 pointr/tablotv

Yeah as others have obviously pointed out it is spun in the best interest of Tablo.

The true upfront cost is definitely higher with Tablo. In the given scenario if you required multiroom streaming (2 devices) + remote access (stream) then yes going with Tablo may save you money in the long run. However, IMO Tivo still probably provides a much better and reliable service overall and has a long established name in the industry to back it up.

For most new or average cord cutters, I highly question how much does multi-room / remote streaming appeal to them. I can see multi-room being more of a desire but for this you just need a Tivo Mini w/o the Stream.

How about a comparison of true upfront cost to a basic cord cutter?

Tablo Basic Upfront Cost:

u/Trickierick · 1 pointr/cordcutters

Hmm, I had to Double check that, yeah there are no monthly fees on this particular model.

So with the roku you download a tablo app and access recordings from there?

u/LasciviousSycophant · 1 pointr/nova

I cut the cord eight years ago, and I am never going back to cable.

The OTA options are great, IMO. If I want to veg out and watch TV (i.e. not a movie I own or Netflix or Amazon Prime or something recorded on Tivo), there is always something on. Regular network shows, PBS stuff, PBS UK (which is sort of a BBC America but with slightly older shows), foreign programming, old favorite TV shows and game shows, movies, etc.

Of course, it helps that I have a 4-tuner Tivo. Amazon is selling the Tivo OTA with a lifetime subscription (i.e. no monthly fees) for only $369. The Tivo has great apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Hulu, Plex, and others. And it's super easy to swap the standard hard drive with something larger (I put a 3GB in mine).

u/TxMikey · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I have two TiVo units in my apartment and I love them. I have a Roamio and a Bolt. The Roamio is currently on sale on Amazon.

I haven't used the Tablo but using the TiVo is probably most like a dvr you would get from a tv provider with an easy to use interface and great channel guide.

u/meeksters · 1 pointr/hardwareswap

I think you might want to lower your price on the Shield, the brand new one coming out in a couple weeks cost the same amount as you're asking.

u/AutoModerator · 1 pointr/GameDeals

Charity links:

u/dadofsixkids · 1 pointr/GiftofGames

Not entering.

The GeForce Now beta is included when you buy an NVIDIA Shield TV. In fact, that's how I got it. I know many of you can't afford a high end gaming PC, but maybe $188 (via Amazon) for the NVIDIA Shield is doable. Just a thought.

u/dubstastic · 1 pointr/HelpMeFind

The Xiaomi Mi Box is plug and play. You can add kodi on it if you want.


Nvidia Sheild is also plug and play. More expensive but you can buy it without the gaming remote. This is the one I personally use.

Both can add kodi if you want to and both work from google play store.

Otherwise Apple TV works too but just as expensive as the Nvidia shield. But you can only add MrMc which is a kodi like app.

Hope that helps. If you need help with set up, message me (FYI I’m in Australia so may be a delay on a reply).

u/stevetb · 1 pointr/RetroPie

Sorry for the confusion. Here is what I am talking about. Amazon offers two versions. One is labeled as a Pro Media Server and the other is a Streaming Media Player.

I don't want to stream shit. I just want to play emulated games from this device to my TV. No interaction with anything else.

What are your thoughts on using the $199 version for local emulation (N64, Dreamcast, PSX, etc.)?

Here is the Streaming Version: $199

Here is the Server Version: $299

u/nitroedge · 1 pointr/pcgaming

Shield TV Box I use now for the best experience. I used to use Steam Link but it's capped at 1080p.

Shield TV Box with hardwired ethernet gets me full 4k (2160p). No turning back!

u/Cognoggin · 1 pointr/MiniPCs
u/mwake4goten · 1 pointr/kodi

I agree Shield TV is $209 at the moment according to

NVIDIA SHIELD TV | Streaming Media Player with Remote & Game Controller - 945-12897-2500-002

I know the Wetek Core also had a very good reputation a while back but I just wanted to see if it has held up as unlike the Shield TV it hasn't been updated.

u/CrazyGamerTV · 1 pointr/Addons4Kodi

START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated July 2017)

I prefer the Xiaomi Mi Box or nVIDIA Shield for android tv os and voice search in SPMC. You can buy the Xiaomi Mi Box at your local walmart for $69.

u/ncsupack · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

What kind of things are you trying to accomplish with your setup? You'd probably be a lot more future proof by getting an Nvidia Shield for $70 more.

u/Wired4Speed · 1 pointr/Addons4Kodi

I've only had mine for 7 DAYS and I absolutely love it. I have several other streaming devices and this is now my favorite. I purchased it from Amazon. Link below. Also, I just ordered a Rii i28 mini keyboard for $18.99 but many people like the phone app.

u/SucaMofo · 1 pointr/answers

No, the boxes themselves are not illegal. I have two of these

This is just a fancy "Android Box". The boxes you are talking about are usually cheap chinese boxes. Again, the box is not illegal but the cheap chinese boxes might not last very long or will never be update where as the one I linked to above continues to be updated every so often. I think I have been through 3 or 4 major updates.

The software that these boxes you are referring to falls into a sort of gray area. Last I checked most came with Kodi pre installed.

Some have a fork of Kodi

Now there is nothing ilegal with Kodi or a fork of Kodi. Where things get a bit messy is the addons that are available for Kodi. I have not messed with Kodi in sometime but a major addon at the time was Exodus. Exodus was basically a way to pirate content. Search for whatever you want to watch and the addon would look for a source.

There are now some pretty good stand alone .apk's that are very easy to use. These boxes you are referring to might come with a few of theses apk's and Kodi installed.

Again it's kind of a gray area. I know there have been sellers of these boxes that have got into a bit of trouble. Same with people you make the Kodi addons and apk's. There was an .apk called Terrarium TV. The developer sent out an update one day and basically killed the app and vanished. I am guessing his .apk became a little to big and he was feeling the pressure.

You also have IPTV. Recently a lot of IPTV providers were shut down. Several different international police agencies were involved.

I give all this info to highlight that as an end user it is kinda a gray area. I don't know of anyone who has been sent to jail for using any of the above but the people who provide the above have had their share of issues.

The people who sell these boxes see it as a way to make a quick buck. Buy a bunch of cheap boxes. Load them up with pirating software that available for free and sell the boxes with a huge markup.

There is nothing stopping me from loading any of the above listed ways of pirating content on Nvidia Shield but I would never do such a thing.

Edit: I submitted my post to soon and left out the following:

Concerning what you can do? Nothing! The people who sell these boxes come and go. Make new account if they get banned. On facebook if a group gets shutdown a new one will emerge. Unless you are willing to make it a life goal and spend all your time and recoreces fighting this fight there is not anything you can do. In some counties there are no anti piracy laws and as a result a lot of servers that host content are located in those countries. You will find yourself fighting a battle you will never win.

u/SonsOLiberty · 1 pointr/DBZDokkanBattle

The K1 is from my readings the best Android tablet on the market for gaming.

Sadly Nvidia discontinued it, I'm assuming they have a new model coming.

I only paid like $160 or so they are on Amazon for almost $300!

If Dokkan supported a controller I would have gotten the [Nvidia Shield TV](NVIDIA SHIELD TV | Streaming Media Player with Remote & Game Controller it just got the Oreo update to.

So I'm not sure what tablet would be budget friendly as literally I only use that tablet for dokkan and that's pretty much it.

u/khanabyss · 1 pointr/Addons4Kodi

Get outta here with your ref links

u/Kodyak77 · 1 pointr/hometheater
u/redavid · 1 pointr/Vue

I use it with 2nd gen Amazon Fire TV boxes and it works great.

Amazon stopped selling it awhile ago, now offering a $70 dongle that should work at least as well, I'd think. There's supposed to be a replacement 'box' model soon with Echo stuff built in, but if you don't want that Echo stuff, I wouldn't wait.

The Apple TV 4K is pretty nice, but at $180+, it's hard to justify over the Fire TV or Roku (though I didn't mention Roku above because the Vue app specifically on it isn't so good. It's apparently getting improved soon)

u/nealosis · 1 pointr/Piracy

That was true maybe 5-10 years ago when hardware acceleration was a new and unique feature but these days everything comes built in with it. Pick up one of these for $60, side-load Kodi on it and enjoy your 4K

u/KiwiEevee · 1 pointr/amazonecho

"You can pair Echo Studio to Fire TV Cube 1st Gen or 2nd Gen, Fire TV Stick 4K, or Fire TV (3rd Gen) for immersive entertainment, but it does not work with older generations of Fire TV Stick or Fire TV."

As of now you it looks like you can only pair the studio with the Fire Devices, to act like a sound bar

u/Hairy_Seward · 1 pointr/Addons4Kodi

What device? This is the one I'm talking about.

u/blackhaloangel · 1 pointr/audible

This came in a notification of a today-only [Alexa sale]( TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player

u/killercamine · 1 pointr/Piracy

I only use kodi to stream that's pretty much it, so you would recommend this one then?
hmm if that's the case I'll buy a 50ft cat6 cable and just run it around the wall

u/Imguiltyofthis · 1 pointr/cordcutters

I checked out of curiosity it's this one bought it back in October of 2017 so it's a bit of a fossil it worked pretty well despite that : /

u/eXistenceLies · 1 pointr/DirecTVNow

This is what it says on my Amazon order back in Feb-2018.

"All-new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (2017 Edition, Pendant) | Streaming Media Player"

and this was the link

I know it is 4k cause I have watch 4k content. Maybe Amazon made a mistake with it?

All I know is this 4k is pretty laggy with the software compared to my Roku.

u/originalprime · 1 pointr/PleX

I am truly surprised that no one has mentioned the Nvidia Shield TV for this application. The device can be had for well under $200 and you can attach external drives to it.

It has plenty of oomph as a Plex Server for your described use case. This concept gives you:

  • All the transcoding goodness you want without mucking with filetypes and formats
  • Small footprint
  • Low power consumption
  • Can be run essentially headless
  • Cost effective

    Hopefully /u/Cravenspurs is still reading this thread!

    edit: formatting
u/Jackson-Lee · 1 pointr/canadacordcutters

Mind if I ask where and how much you paid for NVIDIA SHIELD? It's $229 on

u/FlickFreak · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

Mi Box and Shield TV both support HD Audio passthrough in Kodi or the Fire TV Stick 4K supports decoding of TrueHD or DTS-HD MA to 8-Channel PCM (no Atmos or DTS-X support though).

u/MoogleMan3 · 1 pointr/buildapc

I'd buy an nvidia shield tv and spend the remaining $1833 on a badass gaming PC.

u/Stryker412 · 1 pointr/PleX

Define small?


u/World177 · 1 pointr/PleX

$139 at Amazon. [link]

Edit: Just noticed this post is for Australians.

u/PalebloodSky · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

Any Android TV device including both of those above will do that. Both come with remotes. Mi Box S is $60 at Walmart and works fine, Shield TV is on sale right now at most outlets for $140 and is overall faster/better supported.

u/stls · 1 pointr/blackfriday

nvidia shield amazon ca

Is this the black friday deal? It can't get lower than this can it?

u/rugerty100 · 1 pointr/CanadianHardwareSwap

~$180 from Amazon warehouse deals atm.

u/notaneggspert · 1 pointr/buildapc

Nvida shield. $179

PC's can have issues with surround sound through HDMI unless your motherboard/soundcard was made to be used in an HTPC kind of set up.

You can still stream content through Plex/Kodi for free through your home network in a more user friendly UI than a PC.

Pretty sure you can also stream games from your computer through the shield TV

I don't have one yet but as soon as I get some bills out of the way I'm rewarding myself with one. I was going to build a whole 3rd computer to use as an HTPC but forgot about all the annoying little stuff I had to deal with on my i3 4160 htpc build.

u/JoeB- · 1 pointr/AirTV

I ran into the same issue with Apple TV, which isn't supported either. DISH/SlingTV/AirTV, if you're paying attention, I've been waiting two years for Apple TV support! What is taking so long? Sorry, had to get that out of my system.

Unless you really love the "smart" part of your Samsung TV, you could add a supported set-top box, or streaming stick. I've been pleased with our Roku Ultra. The remote for the Ultra, and for the Roku Streaming Stick+ as well, can control the TV's power and volume, which enables a single-remote solution. The remote for Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K also controls TV power and volume.

u/hydrashok · 1 pointr/PleX
u/zdiggler · 1 pointr/Roku

Roku Stick Plus comes with IR remote that will control the TV. I bought one for a customer who's just like your mom.

One I bought

Just buy a used one for about $50

u/G4merLife · 1 pointr/PleX

It would be 81$ for this Roku, for me.

u/-Sio- · 1 pointr/FFBraveExvius

You must be thinking of the old ones. The current ones are very good actually. They are currently my go-to hardware for Kodi clients. The old ones couldn't even handle my SQL servers content list. The new one? No issues.

But I already see FFBE listed as non compatible :(

u/the_harassed · 1 pointr/PleX

Then take it up with Amazon's copywriters.


>Enjoy brilliant picture with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+. Experience immersive sound with Dolby Atmos on select Prime Video titles.
> Supported audio Dolby Audio Dolby Atmos Dolby Atmos
> Audio Support
>Dolby Atmos, 7.1 surround sound, 2-channel stereo, and HDMI audio pass through up to 5.1. Dolby Atmos is not currently supported on Netflix titles.

Anyway, it looks like they also updated the FireTV Cube, so that is an option now as well after Oct 10, 2019. Says it has a 6-core CPU instead of 4-core like the stick.

u/FreeThinker76 · 1 pointr/fireTV

No, this is a FireTV 4k, like THIS one.

u/fukutopia · 1 pointr/technology

There’s a specific model for 4K output.

u/Fantastins · 1 pointr/AndroidTV

I like these solutions that cost near as much as the device. I'd have a really hard time buying that over this especially if it's software issues and considering they are the same price.

u/playsignage · 1 pointr/digitalsignage

If you just want one player, check out PlaySignage . You can link and manage one device for free without limitations and only start paying with the second one.

For hardware, I recommend you just get an Amazon Fire TV stick .


Here are the things you'd need to do to get started:

  1. Order Amazon Fire TV stick .
  2. Install PlaySignage application on your fire tv stick, from Amazon app market (free application)
  3. Sign-up for free account on
  4. Connect your free online account to your tv stick (there are instructions on that, both in the app and your online account but feel free to ask)
  5. Make a "playlist" in your account with your mp4 video and click "Publish" in your account - that's it.


    Play Digital Signage system only relies on the network when publishing the content to your device. Once your device downloads the content, it can go offline and still work.


    Hope this helps.
u/geeduhb · 1 pointr/DisneyPlus

I love my Apple TV, but it IS very expensive, especially if you are only using it occasionally for things like Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video. (I have cut the cord, so the Apple TV is my main set top box I pretty much use for all my media watching/streaming)

I am not familiar with Roku, but I do have a Firestick on one of my TV’s and it is great for what it is.The 4K version is on sale for $24.99 right now (regular $50) and if you don’t need 4K, the normal version is on sale for $20 (regular $40). Just note, there is a coupon code I believe you have to manually put in at checkout (it says it on the product page).

I honestly think that is your best bet, especially if you already use Amazon stuff/services.

u/OconRecon1 · 1 pointr/youtubetv

39 bones :

Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player

u/DM725 · 1 pointr/Vue

Nope, a quick Google search of Wireless N vs Wireless AC offered this quote.

"802.11ac vs 802.11n Range

So AC WiFi is much faster, but its peak speeds are not really the selling point. It’s speeds at long range are."

Edit: Spend $30 ($40 if they have a 4K TV).

Fire TV Stick

4K Fire TV Stick

u/Ordexist · 1 pointr/Android

It's a device that plugs into a TV that allows you to use streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video and play some lightweight games.

Here is a link to the product page on Amazon with more information.

u/teetime211 · 1 pointr/Roku

Have the same issue with Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. Was watching Goliath and the sound was terrible. Switched to my tablet and streamed with Chromecast and it was ok. I will have to try on Roku in the other room and see if it is the same. Will get a Roku Ultra for the livingroom too.

u/karlaxxx · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

Finally coming up sooner than I thought...

You'll have to wait less than two weeks to put your hands on something new and shiny, so it seems 😄

u/optifrog · 1 pointr/cordcutters

"The new SHIELD TV Pro, according to this listing, has 25% faster performance through a new NVIDIA Tegra X1+ chip. It has 3GB RAM, two USB 3.0 ports, 16GB internal storage, Dolby Vision-Atmos, 4K HDR, Chromecast 4K built-in,Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit ethernet, and a brand new remote."

US $199.99 , October 28 release date. link to Amazon page

Edit - amazon page is down now ? Maybe someone jumped the gun at amazon as There was no pres release from Nvidia ?

u/ryznn421 · 1 pointr/buildapc
u/Imlulse · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

Is it me or did the Amazon listing just disappear? I had it open (was reading reviews), refreshed it, and now it's giving me an error... It's also saying out of stock on NV's site, weird.

Edit: The link is definitely dead and showing Amazon's oops error with the doggies, also out of stock at B&H. Had it been going in and out of stock and I just happened to catch it in stock earlier? (first time I even went looking for it) Still seems weird the Amazon page would disappear...

u/bigspeen3436 · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

Amazon link is active again but the item isn't currently available as of 6am EST.

u/pawelmwo · 1 pointr/hometheater

Now available for purchase. Had some cash back bit it and ordered one. Will arrive by Friday.

u/cohenal · 1 pointr/ShieldAndroidTV

not yet selling on amazon


u/Burning_Faith · 0 pointsr/Vive

You could use wireless HDMI if you have the pocket change for it. Other than that the only thing I could really recommend is just using a long HDMI cable, that's what I do and it's just super simple.

u/CraigCorb · 0 pointsr/cade

If I'm understanding what you want to do correctly, you could build a cab with just a monitor and use wireless HDMI from your PC to your cabinet. This is what I do with my living room TV, there's some HDMI transmitters / receivers with zero lag. Then, you'd be able to have your PC set up regularly for PC usage and gaming, and then wirelessly transmit it to your cabinet screen when you want to emulate. Obviously that's assuming you won't want to do both at the same time so it may not work if you want both running simultaneously.

This is the one I have - no lag, 1080P.

u/Retrokicker13 · 0 pointsr/NBA2k

Here you go.

Now please, calm your internet rage boner.

u/kobenator · 0 pointsr/xboxone

in the US we already have this. i did a bit of research based on /u/jbaker1225 response to me somewhere below.

but you can buy something like this:

and set it up like this:

and it should provide the same thing.

u/ZippyTheChicken · 0 pointsr/cordcutters

well soaps are mainly on antenna stations .. reality depends on what your mom likes .. does she like A&E or Bravo or Discovery or does she like Antenna based Reality TV ?

if she just wants antenna tv then the MediaSonic DVR is $40 and works pretty good and uses the Guide info in the TV Signal so you don't have to sign up for a $300 TV Guide subscription on top of other DVRs

its not the prettiest thing but it lets you hang a USB Stick maybe 128gb or 64gb for a little dvring.. or up to a 2TB drive for lots of DVRing

if she wants Bravo or A&E then you either have to go with

or just keep her cable as it is .. she probably enjoys the ease of using it.. and for older people being able to use something easily is very very important.... she will be all proud of you when you hook up $1000 worth of crap that she cant work once you are out the door.. then she will go down to the bar to watch TV and become an alcoholic.. do you want that? DO YOU! ... anyway good luck..

u/hilltopper06 · 0 pointsr/cordcutters

Is this for OTA?

Homeworx has a couple models that are cheap and will tune ATSC. Some even record (although things can get buggy on that front).

I have had a fairly positive experience with this model:

I bought it to tinker with and ended up permanently lending it to a family member who could put it to better use.

u/manaNinja · 0 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This HDMI stick and a bed sheet collection to bring you in at $75.95?

u/king_kong0_o · 0 pointsr/firetvstick

if u bought it on amazon within the last 3 weeks u have a gen 2, they stopped selling official gen 1s around the beginning of October

gen 1


u/kennyj2369 · 0 pointsr/Android

The normal price for a Fire Stick is $39.99. If you bought it for $20 it was on sale.

Edit: Downvote all you want -

u/DantasticFour · 0 pointsr/pics

The Fire TV Stick is ~$39 usd and supports chrome cast and all of the popular streaming apps. The remote has Alexa voice too.

Very impressed. I rarely use my Apple TV now, which might not ever get the Amazon video or music apps.

u/Blu3y3s681 · 0 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

Do you want the gaming controller as well or just the controller for watching/streaming

This is a good price. Get this one.

u/thatnovaguy · 0 pointsr/htpc

Supposedly there’s a new model releasing soon-ish. I think this is the one I picked up.

u/Etanla · 0 pointsr/cincinnati

Personally this has been the greatest investment

You can add a microSD for more storage. Raspberry Pi is cheaper but not as powerful. This will do PS1/N64/PSP/Some Dreamcast games with ease!

u/ses184 · 0 pointsr/cordcutters

I'm fairly sure it's still current. I might be wording it wrong though, it was released last year. It's got a diamond shaped square that dangles from a HDMI connection and built-in Alexa.


Here's the Amazon link for reference

u/Reddituser703 · 0 pointsr/ShieldAndroidTV

The deal is still up..... Dunno why you have it as ended....


u/RabidTurtl · 0 pointsr/PleX

We had problems with Roku, I just don't care for their devices.

If money is no issue, get an nvidia shield. It will play practically everything, and already has plex built in. I ended up getting two for my in-laws. As for other devices, I'm not familiar with them. From my understanding the amazon fire devices tend to be a bit underpowered, you may want to consider android based devices.

All tech is going to have an initial "getting use to" phase. The shield wasn't too bad for my in-laws to get use to, though they definitely needed help early on.

u/hkusulja · 0 pointsr/AndroidTV

Hmm, unable to find any information about this new device on nVidia website

So how, to know anywhing about device when you purchase it?

Is this correct / new latest device?

u/ChiefSitsOnAssAllDay · 0 pointsr/htpc

I think your cheapest option for 4K HEVC 10bit playback is the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K:

u/Starhowl_Husky · -1 pointsr/Lenovo

Today I calculated, that from 1333 people that rated on a product only one person talked about the truth of the device not being lossless, including the company that's producing it itself hiding that information in its comparison tables.

That makes 99.42% of people that cannot be trusted, of which you probably belong.

u/Diegobenteke · -1 pointsr/newzealand

Get a 4k fire stick from amazon.

Get it shipped via youshop (nz post)

Should work out less than 70 dollars.

You could go standard fire stick 15 nzd cheaper..

u/patch5 · -2 pointsr/cordcutters

Roku 3: $94.99

Apple TV: $92.95

Those are the only two I bothered to check against. It's admittedly pretty close, but given this is revision 1.0, even pricing equal to established competition seems high, IMHO.

Regardless, even ignoring the additional $10 and looking at them as equally-priced, we're still decidedly not looking at a loss-leader.

u/tgr31 · -2 pointsr/cordcutters

I dont know what the exact name of it is, streaming media player or something like that. Its like a little computer where you download an app and from there you can stream a show/movie. I have one like this