Streaming video from my PC, not the cloud.
October 31, 2012 3:19 PM Subscribe
Help me set up video streaming from my Windows computer to my TV with a minimum of fuss, expense and wires.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish to technology (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a whole lot of videos saved to my home PC. I have a big shiny HDTV that I'd like to watch them on. Problem is, every time I think I've worked out a way to get them to play nice together, it doesn't quite work out.
I have an XBox 360 that can grab files from networked drives and play them (assuming a compatible format, which isn't usually a problem), but for some reason it often can't "see" files or entire folders despite them being visible to other computers on the network. Many times files that have been added in the past week simply won't show up in the folder, even though older ones are there and can be played easily. Restarting the computer or XBox doesn't help.
I also have a laptop with HDMI out, but it's my wife's primary computer so not really suited to being a dedicated media box. Also I have to fiddle with the picture settings on the TV every time I hook it up.
So I'm looking for a piece of dedicated hardware that I can use to play videos. App support like Hulu or Netflix is irrelevant - the Xbox handles those just fine. I've seen Boxee, Roku, Google TV and other names banded around in talks about streaming video, but almost always with an eye toward grabbing content from the cloud instead of my den (Also Boxee is undergoing major change with the Boxee TV so future features/support is a big question mark). All I need is something that will play nicely with Windows shared drives over wi-fi and can handle legacy file formats. Preferably for less expense than a media center PC, but I suppose that's an option.
(Apple TV would do what I want, I believe, but is an absolute last resort because iTunes is the Devil. The Devil, I say.)